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Master Class with Sarah Van Patten

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 21

Dancers in the Bay Area—want to take class from principal dancer Sarah Van Patten in San Francisco Ballet's studios? Clear your Sunday schedule! SFB is holding a master class on Sunday, November 23 at 10 am…


8 Tips for College-Bound Dancers

posted by Jennifer Roit on Thursday, Nov 20

Attention, high school dancers: The School at Steps in New York City hosted a "College Day" sponsored by Dance Magazine last weekend, offering advice directly from faculty members of college dance programs. For those of you who weren't able to make it, we gathered the best tips from each panelist:   1. Pay attention …


Supercharge Your Lunch with Avocado

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Nov 19

It's a situation all dancers have faced: It's noon, and you have just 15 minutes to grab lunch between your technique class and the start of an afternoon of rehearsals. How do you fuel your dancer body to avoid mid-afternoon hunger?   If your …


Misty Copeland to Make Her U.S. Odette/Odile Debut

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Nov 18

  It's what the masses have been waiting for: American Ballet Theatre soloist …


New Acclaim for Batsheva

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Nov 17

Batsheva Dance Company has reached a new level of acclaim, both for its dancers and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. The word spread from coast to coast about how amazing the touring Sadeh21 has been. Audiences left the theater feeling challenged, fulfilled and full of wonder. Social media carried messages from top ballet dancers like…


College Day at Steps on Broadway

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 14

Calling all college-bound New York City area dancers! If the college application has you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, we've got good news for you. This weekend, The School at Steps is hosting College Day, a panel discussion covering all aspects of the college dance scene. Representatives from Barnard College, Boston Conservatory, Gouche…


Sylvie Guillem Announces Retirement

posted by Kristin Schwab on Thursday, Nov 13

  This year has been a big one for ballet, as many of its beloved women have already left…


USC Kaufman School Announces More Exceptional Dance Faculty Members

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Nov 12

Though the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has yet to open its doors to its inaugural BFA class, the excitement surrounding the program's fall 2015 launch keeps building. Yesterday, the school announced six illustrious performers and choreographers who will be joining Jodie Gates, 


New and Rare Broadway Dance

posted by Hanna Rubin on Tuesday, Nov 11

Broadway choreography often vanishes when the curtain comes down. Numbers fade from dancers’ memories, dance captains move on and few choreographers have the leisure to polish their legacies. American Dance Machine launched in the 1970s to preserve the best of Broadway dance. Relaunched two years ago as American Dance Machine for the 21


The American at the Mikhailovsky

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Nov 10

He’s not David Hallberg, but he’s tall and thin, has beautiful feet and magnificent ballon, and is now in a Russian ballet company.  


Ballet 422

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 07

Watching the new season of "city.ballet." is like getting a backstage pass inside NYCB…


Havana's Incomparable Ballet Culture

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Nov 06

The Cuban people love ballet—and their ballet dancers. Last weekend I was a guest of the International Ballet Festival of Havana to see a handful of the many shows that are running from October 28 through November 7. The dancing was fascinating. So was the audience.&nbs…


How Stress Can Slow Your Muscle Recovery

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Nov 05

Back in September, we mentioned a study that found that being stressed can actually slow down your metabolism. Now, a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found another reas…


Dancers Curating Dancers

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Nov 02

The new locale of Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway has launched a six-week series curated by dance artists. Six well-known downtown choreographers have each chosen two less visible people to mentor and host at Gibney Dance. The idea of Double Plus is a collaboration between artistic director Gina Gibney…


Manassas Ballet Theatre's Tribute To a Solider

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 31

Mark Wolfe, executive director of Virginia's Manassas Ballet Theatre, and his wife Amy, artistic director, have choreographed and produced a ballet as a tribute to their son, Colin. A lifelong ballet dancer, he lost his life serving in Iraq. Wolfe collaborated with composer Mark Menza to create a 27-minute piece, which she is expanding…


The Return of "city.ballet."

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Oct 30

Great news, bunheads: "city.ballet." is coming back for a second season. Even better? You'll be able to watch all 12 episodes right here on starting next Tuesday, November 4.    If last year's episodes were any indication, this docu-series (which is executive produced by none other than Sarah Jessica Pa…


Got Shoulder Tension? Avoid Chewing Gum

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 29

We all know that chewing gum in the studio is poor dancer etiquette, not to mention a choking hazard. But before any rebellious dancers roll their eyes, take a look at the latest science: Recent research shows that chomping on gum can also adversely affect your dancing. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiolo…


Tracing Movement: There's an App for That?

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Oct 28

Technology—especially advances in smartphones and tablets—has completely changed our relationship with dance. Apps have reached beyond stretching how-tos and ballet dictionaries to become programs that allow you to play not just dancer or observer, but choreographer, too.  


Dancing in Hollywood Via MoMA

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Oct 27

The history of Hollywood movies is sprinkled with great dancing. And here to tell us about it is Debra Levine, the Los Angeles writer and scholar  


Why Do Dance Videos Go Viral?

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 24

A video of two American priests battling it out on the dance floor—er, dinner table—went viral this week. The clip features the pair dancing at a dinner at North American College, a rectory not far from the Vatican. One priest does an upbeat tap dance, the other does an…


Big Names Are Involved In The Rockettes' New Show

posted by Kristin Schwab on Thursday, Oct 23

Last year, The Rockettes hoped to leap beyond a holiday-only gig with the premiere of a new spring production called Heart and Lights. But the show was abruptly cancelled less than one week before opening night. Madison Square Garden Entertainment said Heart and Lights<…


Healthy Dancer Cooking Tip

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 22

Pop quiz: If you're sautéing fresh veggies, like squash, peppers and onions, for a healthy side dish and want to add a splash of oil, which kind should you use?   A. corn B. sunflower C. olive D. soybean   In an era where seed-based products, like sunfl…


Last Night at The Bessies

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Oct 21

Last night marked the 30th anniversary of The Bessies, or the New York Dance and Performance Awards, which annually salute the most outstanding work presented in New York City over the past year. Although the ceremony moved uptown to Harlem's iconic Apollo Theater a few years ago, and flung open its doors to dance of all ge…


Wendy Whelan’s Farewell

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Oct 20

Everyone came prepared with tissues or hankies. But in the end, there weren’t many tears—at least not as many as predicted—because Whelan herself projected such joy.I was very moved by her during the first ballet, Balanchine’s Sonnambula. It was an eerie choice for a farewell because the Sleepwalker se…


Dexter Takes Broadway

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Oct 17

Last night was a big one for The Great White Way. On the Town opened to fantastic reviews. (Which were well deserved. I saw the show, which I wrote about


We'll Miss You, Wendy Whelan

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Oct 16

The first time I ever went to Steps as a teenager, something amazing happened. Sure, the class (Willy Burmann's) was great. But what I remember most is how one dancer graciously held the door open for my parents and me to file out of the building afterwards. I turned to my mom and whispered, "Oh my god, do you know who that is? Wendy Whelan…


Behind the Scenes of Broadway's On the Town

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 15

Ballet and Broadway lovers, rejoice. On the Town opens tomorrow, Thursday, October 16, at the Foxwoods Theatre. But today, you can catch a sneak peek at tech week in a video with New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild. For even more OTT, check out our  


Blind Ballet

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Tuesday, Oct 14

Dancing with grace and poise is a challenge for any dancer. But the challenge is amplified exponentially if that dancer happens to be visually impaired. Brazilian ballerina and physiotherapist Fernanda Bianchini created the Association of Balle…


BalletCollective Sneak Peek

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 10

New York City Ballet dancers, a Telluride backdrop and choreography by up-and-comer Troy Schumacher? Sounds like the makings of dance video goodness to us. BalletCollective just released a short film entitled "This Weather is Perfect," previewing an except from Dear and Blackbirds, one of Schumacher's pieces to premiere at NY…


Arthur Mitchell & Bessie

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Oct 09

For most of the New York dance community, we think of The Bessies as our Academy Awards to honor the most outstanding work of the past year. But for Arthur Mitchell, who will receive the Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance later this month, this tradition is about Bessie Schonberg herself, the influential modern choreographer and t…


Strength Training for Your Brain

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 08

If you're having trouble remembering tricky choreography and repetition doesn't seem to help, you may want to make time for a strength-training session. New research from Georgia Tech found that hitting the gym can help improve your memory.    In the study, all participants were shown a series of 90 pho…


Take Class with Twyla

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Oct 07

Good news for Twyla Tharp enthusiasts: The Joyce Theater Foundation just announced that the choreographer will be its artist in residence f…


The Cornucopia of Fall for Dance

posted by Wendy Perron on Saturday, Oct 04

This week the Fall for Dance festival bursts into New York, showering us with 20 companies in 10 days. From October 8 to 19, people travel from near and far to come to New York City Center and soak it all in—for just $15 a pop. This year there are plenty of new works for those of us who see a lot of dance, but the festival also appeals to p…


Little Dancer Livestream

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 03

  Mourning the end of the World Ballet Day livestream? Fear not! Once you've finished  


Is Your Water Bottle Safe?

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 01

Staying hydrated is essential for making it through a tough rehearsal. But what you're drinking out of is also important. If you've been sipping out of plastic disposable bottles, you may want to switch to a BPA-free Nalgene.   New  


Come Join the Future of Dance Education

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Sep 29

Koplowitz's international Grand Step Project (2004), Courtesy Koplowitz.   Today is the first day…


Dancing Drones

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Sep 26

We're still waiting for drones to deliver our Amazon Prime orders, but in the meantime...watching them dance is pretty cool, too. Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios have teamed up to create …


An Embarrassment of Ballet Riches

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Sep 25

The Bolshoi Ballet is all about making a big splash. So it's no surprise that just as bunheads everywhere have begun clearing their schedules on October 1 for the epic 20-hour World Ballet Day livestream, the Bolshoi's stealing a bit of pre-game thunder. A new online video series, …


Wheeldon, Ratmansky and Whelan Team Up

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Sep 24

On October 18, Wendy Whelan will give her last performance as a New York City Ballet principal. The occasion alone is enough to make this night easily top my list of must-see performances this fall. But it gets even better: It's been announced that Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon are co-choreographing a piece for the occasion. Acc…


Cole Haan and NYCB Team Up

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Sep 23

   A preview of Cole Haan's first shoe collaboration with NYCB. Photo courtesy…