Laurent Hilaire to Head the Stanislavsky Ballet

Yesterday it was announced that former Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Laurent Hilaire will take over the artistic directorship of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Ballet effective January 1, 2017. He replaces Igor Zelensky, who has taken over Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsballett. (If that name sounds familiar: Yes, Zelensky is the director who took Sergei Polunin under his wing post-Royal Ballet.) Though Zelensky is officiallyMore »

Despite Body-Type Controversy, National Ballet of Canada Brings Ballet to Union Station

National Ballet of Canada dancers took barre in a very unusual location earlier this week: Toronto’s Union Station. Principal Heather Ogden led a group of company members through typical combinations to the delight of several surprised commuters. The event celebrated the Toronto Transit Commission’s We Move You ad campaign, which features photos and videos of NBoC members dancing inMore »

Big Talent on Tap for Next Week’s Erik Bruhn Prize

The dance world’s abundance of talent can be dizzying, but there are a few “crystal balls” that allow dancers and fans alike to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s megastars. For one, there’s Dance Magazine‘s 25 to Watch, our annual list of promising artists across all dance genres—look for the latest edition in our January issue! (In 2005 alone,More »

Ailey and An American in Paris Are Coming to Your TV

Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is the most widely-seen piece of modern dance ever. And it’s about to reach even more people. As much as we love seeing live performance, the recent trend of showing dance on TV (and at the movies and through livestreams!) is widening accessibility in a big way. Just in the next fewMore »

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 »

Get Your Hamilton Fix Tonight On PBS

You may have heard of a little musical called Hamilton. The show, which tells the story of one of our nation’s founding fathers through hip hop, has captured the public’s attention in a way we haven’t seen a musical do in recent times, and Andy Blankenbuehler‘s choreography is nothing short of revolutionary. But the tickets are notoriously hardMore »

Yvette Chauviré, Paris Opéra Ballet Star, Dies at 99

Yesterday, the Paris Opéra announced the death of Yvette Chauviré, a dazzling star of its ballet company in the 1940s through the 1960s. She was 99. Throughout her long career at the Paris Opéra Ballet, she was heralded as a muse of then director Serge Lifar, and his neoclassical Suite en Blanc was one of several works created onMore »

Lots of Our Faves Won Bessies Last Night

“I love awards,” declared the inimitable Judith Jamison last night at the Bessies. “But then I’ve had a lot of practice.” Presenting alongside Amar Ramasar—who couldn’t help giggling at her—Jamison lit up the entire theater with her enthusiasm. Awards are always great when they’re going to the people you love and admire most. And last night’s NewMore »

Bigonzetti Steps Down at La Scala

“We have nothing personal against [Mauro] Bigonzetti, but we believe that it would be suitable to appoint a person who has more classical background.” These foreboding words are part of a statement given to a reporter for Italian newspaper La Republicca by La Scala dancers, back in January when it was announced that Mauro Bigonzetti wouldMore »

Check Out the New Wendy Whelan Movie

The film world is teeming with fantastic dancer documentaries right now.  Of course, there was Misty Copeland’s much talked-about film, A Ballerina’s Tale, released last year. Sergei Polunin’s Dancer just came out last month. A fascinating biopic of Ohad Naharin, appropriately titled Mr. Gaga, should be on every dancer’s must-see list this February. The latest dancer documentary is Restless Creature, about WendyMore »