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On The Rise: Matthew Neenan

Matthew Neenan is decked out in the ballet finery of a 19th- century European prince, but something very contemporary and intercultural is going on. His stage is the concrete courtyard of a Philadelphia public school, and his court is a pick-up group of inner-city youth. While they teach Neenan to boogey “Philly style,” he teaches […]

BalletX is Taking All the Right Risks

In a sensual, troubled duet to the music of Amy Winehouse, dancers Chloe Perkes and Zachary Kapeluck channel the late singer’s fraught relationship with fame, performance and love. They embody the haunting gravity of her story—while wearing enormous pairs of bunny ears. On paper, Trey McInytre’s Big Ones sounds like it shouldn’t work. But risky […]

In Memoriam: Beloved Ballet Teacher Jacqueline Ann Cronsberg

Dance Magazine led a series in 1994 about teachers who had trained remarkable young dancers with a profile about Jacqueline Ann Cronsberg, founder of the Ballet Workshop in New England. At the time, Cronsberg had been running the school in suburban Boston for nearly 30 years, but she was just getting started. The following year, […]

From Cattle Call to Company Contract, Here’s What It Takes to Join BalletX

“I’m going to walk through; it’s going to be so awkward,” says BalletX artistic and executive director Christine Cox, addressing 119 auditionees and acknowledging the ever-intimidating clipboard she holds. The room bursts into laughter, and smiles linger as pliés begin. Cox may have broken the tension, but stakes are high when contracts are up for […]

NYCB Promotes Seven Dancers, Six of Them Men

In a move that was both surprising and seemingly inevitable, New York City Ballet closed its fall season by promoting seven dancers. Joseph Gordon, who was promoted to soloist in February 2017, is now a principal dancer. Daniel Applebaum, Harrison Coll, Claire Kretzschmar, Aaron Sanz, Sebastian Villarini-Velez and Peter Walker have been promoted to soloist. […]

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