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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:52 AM

An Associated Press story on Michaela DePrince (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Her ascent to stardom in the ballet world has been fast, if not typical. At 17, she's already been featured in a documentary film and has performed on TV-show "Dancing With the Stars". She just graduated from high school and the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and will go on to work at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her family recently moved from Vermont to New York City to support her dance career and her sister's acting and singing. Michaela said she has been offered many opportunities to dance with companies in Europe and in the U.S.



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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:57 AM

New York City Ballet dancers will participate in a meet-and-greet in Saratoga. Item in brief.

Ballet photographer Paul Kolnik will also be on hand. A limited number of headshots of the dancers will be available have autographed, or visitors are welcome to bring personal memorabilia to have signed. Call 584-2225.



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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:00 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by Jay Rogoff in The Saratogian.

In Concerto Barocco, Balanchine’s 1941enactment of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, the two lead women offered strikingly different interpretations. Tall Teresa Reichlen’s former ice queen frostiness has melted into warmth and wit, evident in her lilting arm extensions, huge ronds de jambe, and jazzy hip swings. Her quick, liquid elegance countered the muscular solidity of Savannah Lowery, debuting in her role with verve and baroque shoulder shrugs.



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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:01 AM

Costumes from the National Ballet of Canada go on display.

As the National Ballet of Canada celebrates the 60th anniversary of the beloved dance company, Toronto's Design Exchange museum plays host to some of the most beautiful and iconic costumes worn in productions by the company.

60 Years of Designing the Ballet, which opened on Wednesday, features costumes, props, sketches and set pieces from the National Ballet's productions.



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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:13 AM

A feature on dance instructor Beverly Matson Roberts.

Roberts has 50 years of dance history behind her, starting with ballet in the Russian technique, then on to the Cecchetti method and exams, and ending with learning the Royal Ballet exams. She has been a ballet adjudicator in Vancouver for many in-studio exams.

After dancing as a soloist for New York Ballet (Balanchine) and San Francisco Opera Ballet (Nico Charisse) in the early 1960s, Roberts settled into teaching and began expanding her dance repertoire to include jazz, tap, clogging, Riverdance, and many folk dances, including Spanish.



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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:12 PM

Girl-on-girl action in "Black Swan" affronts some British moviegoers.

The 15-rated Black Swan, the tale of a ballet dancer’s mental collapse, generated 40 complaints. The BBFC said that while that number of complaints was high by its own standards, it was “proportionately very small indeed” for the 2.7 million people who saw it in cinemas. The film was met with huge critical acclaim and secured star Natalie Portman the Oscar for best actress.

The “standout issue” for most of the cinemagoers who complained, was a lesbian sex scene between Portman and co-star Mila Kunis, in which “one female character performs cunnilingus on another”.


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The BBFC added: 'The high number of complaints for Black Swan demonstrates the disconnect that sometimes occurs between a viewer's expectations of a film and its actual content.'



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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:26 PM

A preview of Bubeníček Ballet World by Johana Mücková in The Prague Post.



The world-famous twin dancers, Czech-born Jiří and Otto Bubeníček are preparing the most remarkable dance event of the summer.


Bubeníček Ballet World is a gala performance at which they will collaborate with superlative dancers from renowned European ballet companies. To every true ballet fan it will mean as much as a concert of U2 or The Rolling Stones does to a music fan. The show will take place at the beautiful stage in the forest below the medieval Šternberk Castle, close to Olomouc, and promises to deliver an unforgettable evening.




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