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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

Barcelona Ballet brings "Swan Lake" to Detroit.

Fresh takes, he says, include shortening the length of parts of the story, using modern set design and costumes, and adding choreography. Still, Corella promises such tweaks will not render "Swan Lake" unrecognizable to fans.

"When working with a classic ballet, you must keep as close as possible to the original," he says. "You don't want to mess it up. And I don't want to touch the choreography, which is a masterpiece. This is why it has lasted and has been so popular for so long."



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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:17 AM

A preview of Grand Rapids Ballet Company's "Black Swan White Swan."

In the original tale, the focus is on Odette. In Radacovsky’s version, Prince Siegfried, who struggles valiantly to rescue Odette, plays a larger role.“Siegfried truly is the central character, and Von Rothbart is truly a puppeteer,” he said.

Of the original four acts in the ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Radacovsky has used just a bit of the third act but kept all of the fourth act, among other changes, in the two-hour production, including intermission.



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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

Fort Wayne Ballet plans some special events for National Dance Week.

Flash Dances! an opportunity to experience dance in unexpected and often surprising places, will be offered Fridayat Vera Bradley Design Center, Lutheran Hospital, Parkview Hospital on Randallia Drive, and the Georgetown Subway restaurant in the morning before heading downtown at noon to visit Club Soda, One Summit Square’s Plaza, the public green at the Allen County Courthouse, Lupke Rice Insurance and Financial Services, the Arts United Center plaza and Freimann Square area, and Lincoln Financial. For six hours Fort Wayne Ballet’s talented corps of dancers will be sharing their love of dance with hundreds of local residents.



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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:55 AM

Canyon Concert Ballet presents "Sleeping Beauty."

And yet, the traditional fantasy theme is maintained as "we strive to have beautiful choreography," added Lang. "Along with that, our costume maker has really looked at the period of "Sleeping Beauty" and the costumes are transforming themselves."

Canyon Concert Ballet began in Northern Colorado in 1978 as a premiere nonprofit dance troupe. Currently, alongside the Canyon Concert Dance Center, two important performing arts roles are fulfilled within the community. The former provides quality performing arts, the latter a leading educational institution for dance students.



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:33 PM

A story on Michaela DePrince in The Burlington Free Press.

“It means a lot to me that Michaela has the opportunity to appear on “Dancing With the Stars,” because it brings her to the attention of dance directors throughout the country,” her mother said. “Michaela takes every experience and turns it into an opportunity to learn.”

During her time in Vermont, DePrince inspired other dancers. Lacretia Johnson Flash is assistant dean for conduct, policy and climate at the University of Vermont. She met DePrince years ago at the New England Ballet Conservatory. Flash was new to ballet as an adult student.




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