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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:47 AM

Photo gallery of ballet students trying out for New York City Ballet's summer season.

Alexandra Merrill, second from right (wearing #112) and Grace Stewart, second from left, both 12 of Niskayuna, after being told that they had been chosen for an audition for children for the upcoming New York City Ballet performances of Firebird and Romeo + Juliet this summer at SPAC, as the National Museum of Dance on Sunday March 18, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. About 200 young dancers tried out. All of the girls shown were among those chosen for parts in the ballet performances. (Philip Kamrass / Times Union ) (Albany Times Union)



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:59 AM

Ballet Austin presents Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.

This production, choreographed by Stephen Mills, has gained worldwide attention over the past few years and serves as one of the most high-profile components of an ambitious three-month, city-wide partnership that began in January and runs through April 19. This community endeavor intends to fight bigotry, hate, and ignorance by promoting intelligent education and dialogue, and collaborators include the City of Austin, Austin Independent School District, the Anti-Defamation League and KLRU-TV.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:05 AM

A preview of Pennsylvania Ballet's "Shut Up and Dance" benefit performance.

Since then, Shut Up and Dance has become a symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and activism, raising upwards of $100,000 annually and attracting an audience of dance enthusiasts and members of the city's vibrant GLBT community.

This year, many of its dancers are performing in Pennsylvania Ballet's production of Messiah, finishing the day of class and rehearsal, then going immediately back into the studio to learn new choreography for the benefit.




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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:06 AM

The Guardian offers free tickets for a couple of Royal Ballet performances.

To enter, all you need to do is click here. You'll be asked to tweet about which artist or musician you'd love to see collaborate with the Royal Ballet, using the hashtag #RBLive, before being given access to download a competition code, which you can submit in the entry form below.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

The Australian Ballet revives some vintage works.

Helpmann's use of the bird's dance and mating rituals to explore the sexually predatory behaviour of young Australian men in The Display was controversial. But it also demonstrated, says one of his biographers, Anna Bemrose, ''an acceptance of one's own society as valid material for the making of new art''.

The Display is one of a trio of Australian classics from the company's formative years that will be restaged this year as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. The others are Glen Tetley's Gemini and Graeme Murphy's Beyond Twelve.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:13 AM

A story on headhunting in the world of arts administration by Matthew Westwood in The Australian.

Last year, Queensland Ballet engaged Braithwaite Steiner Pretty in its search for a successor to artistic director Francois Klaus. It also advertised the position, and 44 applications came from across the world. Last month the company named Li Cunxin, "Mao's Last Dancer", bringing the former Australian Ballet principal back to a dance career after 15 years as a stockbroker. The news-making appointment wouldn't have happened without the gentle prompting of Tony Grierson, a consultant in BSP's North Sydney office.

"His approach made me think a lot more about it," says Li, who has had offers from international companies before now.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:49 PM

The Guardian follows a Royal Ballet dancer through a working day. Video.

Not many people would volunteer for a life of 12-hour days, gruelling exercise, constant physio and relentless performance schedules – but then not everyone dances with the Royal Ballet. In the runup to our Royal Ballet Live event this Friday 23 March – a full day of video coverage, streamed live from backstage at London's Covent Garden – soloist Yuhui Choe takes us through a day in her life, from first rehearsal to curtain-up.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

Alberta Ballet presents its first "Swan Lake."

http://www.edmontonj...1534/story.html

The National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet each took on Swan Lake much earlier in their histories. But they both rely on their respective schools to fill out Swan Lake, as none can afford to have a ballet company with 65 to 100 full-time dancers anymore, certainly not in North America outside of New York City.

Swan Lake is like a special 45th anniversary gift to Alberta audiences because there won’t be many companies touring the piece anymore. The National Ballet, for one, cannot afford it. They’ve said so publicly. Although their 60th anniversary mixed bill was beautiful, it is going to take years to rebrand Canada’s national ballet company outside of Toronto along those eclectic lines.



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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

A Bulgarian ballet student is killed in a hit-and-run accident in Philadelphia.

Staff members at the world-renowned Rock School of Ballet on South Broad Street have identified the victim as 22-year-old Polina Kadiyska, a student from Bulgaria, who played the dew drop fairy in the school’s production of the Nutcracker last Christmas.



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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:48 AM

Another "Ballet Dancer X thinks Shen Yun is great" item from The Epoch Times.

Ballet dancer with the Toledo Ballet, founder/owner of the 20 North Gallery, developer and historic preservationist Eric Hillenbrand said the performance was “just magnificent.” The choreography was “heroic … the whole story line behind the performance was very powerful, very moving.”

Condessa Croninger is the theater art director for 20 North Gallery, and also works with the Toledo Ballet. She was chosen as one of Toledo’s 20 under 40, an award which is “Saluting Toledo’s Young Dynamic Leaders,” according to its website.




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