Julie Kent Names Xiomara Reyes Head of The Washington School of Ballet

Major changes are afoot at The Washington Ballet. Although former American Ballet Theatre star Julie Kent doesn’t officially step into her role as the company’s artistic director until July, she’s already making moves in preparation for the 2016–17 season. This afternoon, she announced that another former ABT principal will be joining the team: Xiomara Reyes will head The Washington School of Ballet,More »

What Julie Kent’s Washington Ballet Looks Like

As she was stepping into her new role as artistic director of The Washington Ballet this July, ballet icon Julie Kent made a natural fit for the cover of our first-ever Feminist Issue. At the time, she was still just starting to get her feet wet. Writer Marina Harss’ profile of Kent covered some of her dreams for the troupe, likeMore »

New Artistic Directors = New School Directors

Ballet school heads have shifted in the wake of changing company leadership. The change in artistic directors at both The Washington Ballet (where Julie Kent took over this year) and Pennsylvania Ballet (led by Angel Corella since 2014) has set off a chain reaction of new school directorships. Among the transitions this fall, Arantxa OchoaMore »

Maria Chapman Announces Retirement, After Her Final Bow

Julie Kent. Carla Körbes. Paloma Herrera. Xiomara Reyes. Over the past year, each of these phenomenal ballerinas took their final bows. Yesterday, Pacific Northwest Ballet broke the news that another dancer of the same generation has retired: principal Maria Chapman. The sudden announcement wasn’t made until after her last performance, which was just this weekend in a triple bill, butMore »

The Latest: The Great Ballerina Exit of 2015

What happens to companies when their stars retire? Paloma Herrera will dance her final performance with ABT on May 27. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, Courtesy ABT. Shouts of “Brava!” will accompany a number of ballerinas when they take their final bows this summer. American Ballet Theatre’s Paloma Herrera, Xiomara Reyes and Julie Kent will soonMore »

Shostakovich Trilogy by Alexei Ratmansky

American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 31–June 3, 2013   At right: Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes in Ratmansky’s Symphony #9. Photo by Marty Sohl, Courtesy ABT.     Alexei Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy,” the most anticipated ballet premiere of the New York season, met lofty expectations. The choreographer, artist in residenceMore »

American Ballet Theatre

New York City Center October 16–21, 2012 Performance reviewed: Oct. 18   What could have prompted Agnes de Mille to choreograph Rodeo? Was it really the thrill of the hoedown she attended outside Colorado’s Perry-Mansfield camp, or did this Western farce, which American Ballet Theatre celebrated during its weeklong fall season, expose a deep conflictMore »