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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:18 PM

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity opens in Kansas City with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

After almost two years and $32 million, Kansas City Ballet is ready to unveil the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.


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Bolender was 66 and the company was 24 years old. But according to news reports quoting ballet officials, the troupe was surviving “hand to mouth” and would have to hustle to come up with a $275,000 budget for Bolender’s first year.

Bolender started from scratch. He had to audition dancers. He had to find new studio space. And he had to talk to the public at every opportunity to sell the people on the importance of a world-class ballet company.



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:21 PM

A story on the Joffrey Ballet's new hires.

Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc joins the Joffrey Ballet, along with eight new dancers: Ogulcan Borova, Katherine Bruno, Rory Hohenstein, Dara Holmes, Jeraldine Mendoza, Katherine Minor, Alberto Velazquez and Mahallia Ward.

Nicolas Blanc served as Ballet Master of the Scottish Ballet since 2009. He has also danced with Nice Opera Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Zurich Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he was made Principal Dancer in 2004. Blanc started his dance training in France. After winning a scholarship in the Prix de Lausanne, he completed his education at the Paris Opera Ballet School.



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:25 PM

An interview with Nick and Laura Schultz of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, who recently traveled to China with another troupe.

It was only when they left stage that they found themselves in unfamiliar territory during a three-week tour of China with Long Beach Ballet in California. The married couple left California July 17 and traveled with the summer program.



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:26 PM

The Andalusia Ballet Association raises $20,000.

The group held its annual auction benefit dinner at the Andalusia Country Club on Saturday night, and held its first 5K earlier in the day.

“We are very thankful for the support of Andalusia Ballet’s Auction Benefit Dinner and 5K by everyone in the community,” artistic director Meryane Murphy said. “This money will help Andalusia Ballet to continue to provide performances, outreach, and training opportunities to the youth of our area."



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:30 PM

A photo gallery of Albano Ballet Company by Bettina Hansen for The Hartford Courant.

Among other dances, the summer show featured the dance 'Ishtar' about a Babylonian goddess, and the 'Rock Ballet', originally staged in the same theater (Welte Theater at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain) 25 years ago by Mr. Albano with the very same sets and costumes. 'Ishtar' hadn't ever been performed around Hartford before, and with the history of the Rock Ballet, it was a special performance.



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:56 PM

A review of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre by Jane Vranish in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

On paper it looked like the perfect program, with the classically oriented "Raymonda Variations" and George Balanchine's "Sylvia Pas de Deux," balanced by a contemporary contingent, Viktor Plotnikov's ferociously whimsical "Shall We Dance" and Dwight Rhoden's intensely spiritual "Ave Maria."

The first ballet of the night is always a challenge because the setting sun is taking a bow at the same time, casting its light directly into the dancers' eyes. Artistic director Terrence Orr is generally clever in choosing a pleasant appetizer of a dance and, in this case, the ensemble's peach-colored tutus seemed to grab the sky's colors.



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:59 PM

An interview with Natayu Mildenberger, who hopes to join Cirque du Soleil.

For Mildenberger, the circus training wasn't all that different from ballet. "Classical ballet training is actually a very good base for acrobatics. When you're doing a double twist on a trampoline, it's like doing a double tours en l'air, which is jumping into the air straight and turning in classical ballet. If you think about it, the two - the acrobatic and the dance - you put them together they're actually about the same thing - having a tight body, keeping your back straight and looking around for your spot."

Mildenberger has a few friends working for cirque, and he's even talked to the artistic director of Quidam, which recently came through Saint John. He knows he's up against former Olympic athletes, but his desire is unwavering.



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Posted 21 August 2011 - 11:37 AM

A Q&A with Lindsey Cregier of Dance Theatre of Tennessee.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in dance? As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a dancer. Most kids change their mind constantly when asked, "What they want to be when they grow up," but ever since I was two years old I announced I'd be a dancer someday.

Who is your dancing idol? My current favorite dancer is Svetlana Zakharova. I am mesmerized whenever I watch her, and own numerous of her ballet DVDs.



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Posted 21 August 2011 - 11:38 AM

A review of Premieres Plus by Diane Parkes in The Birmingham Mail.

Chosen by Acosta and featuring choreographers such as Kim Brandstrup, Russell Maliphant and Will Tuckett, the programme played to the strengths of both performers.

The grace, strength, sinuosity and precision of both were simply breathtaking as they held intricate balances, moved just the slightest muscle or undertook dexterous lifts.




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