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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:05 AM

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied welcome a baby boy.

The actress and fiancé Benjamin Millepied have welcomed a son, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.



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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:07 AM

An interview with Nikolaj Hubbe by Robert Johnson in The Star-Ledger of Newark.

The so-called "Bournonville Variations," he explains, are actually new combinations of steps extracted from the variations that conclude the famous series of Bournonville classes, with exercises remembered and compiled by the great choreographer's students after his death. These new "Variations," arranged by Hübbe and Thomas Lund, are intended as a showcase for 12 of the company's men.

The mixed bill at the Lincoln Center shows also will include the camp classic "The Lesson," a dance-school horror fantasy choreographed in 1964 by Flemming Flindt; and "Lost on Slow," a contemporary creation by Jorma Elo.



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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:10 AM

Fire Island Dance Festival 17 will be hosted by Bebe Neuwirth.

The event will feature performances by Brian Brooks Moving Company, Brandon Bryant, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, and New York City Ballet principal ballerina Wendy Whelan and soloist Craig Hall. The festival also will showcase a pièce d'occasion by Dontee Kiehn, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet will present a special performance Friday, July 15.



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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:15 AM

Igor Zelensky has a new job. The article is in Russian. Thanks to innopac for the link and translation!

Igor Zelensky, a world renowned dancer, has been appointed artistic director of Ballet of the Moscow Ballet Company Musical Theater of Stanislavsky-Danchenko instead of S. Filin, who led the troupe to the spring of 2011 (now the owl is the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet). Igor Zelensky, a world renowned dancer, has been appointed artistic director of Ballet of the Moscow Ballet Company Musical Theater of Stanislavsky-Danchenko instead of S. Filin, who led the troupe to the spring of 2011 (now the owl is the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet).



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Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:22 AM

A review of the Royal Danish Ballet by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

But Bournonville died 132 years ago, and few grown-ups like to be famous for innocence. Consequently the Danes have been trying hard to look modern and sophisticated ever since. I commend their efforts but not, in this program, their taste. This is New York’s first chance to judge the company since Nikolaj Hübbe, well remembered here as a beloved former principal dancer of New York City Ballet, became the Danish ballet’s artistic director in 2008. But many New Yorkers envy Washington, where Mr. Hübbe showed his two new productions of Bournonville ballets in an engagement that ended Sunday. New York is being given an altogether more motley repertory.



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Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:45 AM

Gary Avis is producing a charity gala in his hometown of Ipswich.

Not only is this the first time that the Royal Ballet has performed at the Ipswich Regent since the 1960s, it is also the first time that he has performed as a professional dancer on that stage – although he has maintained contact with local groups as a choreographer.

One of his more recent friends, Angela Rippon, who he met when he was dancing with the English National Ballet (ENB), is hosting the show and a who’s who of dance stars from both the Royal Ballet and ENB will be dancing on the night.



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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:28 PM

A story on Leanne Stojmenov of the Australian Ballet.

Stojmenov joined the company soon after watching that first performance almost a decade ago, and the countless hours spent practising and perfecting her art for the thousands of people she's danced in front of have paid off. This year she was promoted to principal artist, a rare and prized achievement, and "if my body holds out", she doesn't see herself slowing down soon.

The promotion was a surprise and Stojmenov, who lives in Yarraville, says it's a satisfying reward for doing what she loves.



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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:30 PM

A preview of Liaoning Ballet in 'The Last Emperor.'

Cavallari has reworked the original choreography and restored many of the cuts Chinese authorities demanded in 2002.

The story is choreographed to Chinese-influenced music and music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Liaoning Ballet, a company of 60 dancers based in Shenjang, was established in 1980 to create modern ballets with Chinese character. Many of its dancers have gone on to study dance in other countries. When Cavallari worked with the cast of The Last Emperor in 2002 many of the dancers were teenagers. The production in Canberra last night featured some of the original cast, who Cavallari said had grown to be mature dancers.



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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:06 AM

A preview of Sebastopol Ballet Company's 19th annual spring recital.

Now, almost a decade later, they will showcase their skills and trade off partnering with professional guest artist Nathan Cottam, of Peninsula Ballet Dance Company in San Mateo.

Ebright, Reynor, Evett and Nulton, have all won awards from the Sonoma County Dance Guild and Borgeson hopes that they will return on breaks from school to participate in the SBS’s shows.




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