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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:31 AM

A preview of Midwest Regional Ballet's Nutcracker.

Her company's 20th or 25th production of "The Nutcracker" -- she can't remember exactly, she's been doing it so long -- will open as a five-run performance next Thursday at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

A preview of Sarasota Ballet's Nutcracker.

In an effort to build excitment (and no doubt ticket sales) for it’s all new circus-themed extravaganza “John Ringling’s Nutcracker,” the Sarasota Ballet is strategically releasing a series of eight video “glimpses” of the new production in process.

The first of these was posted today, with promises of more to come.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

The National Ballet of Canada performs "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" this weekend.

Saturday marks the first local opportunity to see an extended version of British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of the beloved Lewis Carroll children’s story. National Ballet artistic director Karen Kain says it’s a significant improvement on the original.

Not that audiences complained. Near the end of its 13-performance inaugural run it was almost impossible to get a ticket — just as it had been earlier in London where the Royal Ballet, the show’s co-producer, first performed it.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

Stephen Hough writes about what makes ballet special to him.

A photographer friend sent me the image above recently. It has nothing directly to do with the Royal Ballet as it depicts the Bolshoi dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze being rehearsed by the 87-year old Galina Ulanova captured by photographer Mikhail Logvinov, but it has everything to do with what makes dance so alluring and the passing on of its traditions so poignant and precious.....



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:41 AM

Q&A with Greta Hodgkinson.

What drew you to dance? Music, movement and telling a story.

What is the one thing about your industry you would change? I would make the profession more financially viable for all dancers, eliminating the cliché of a "starving artist" suffering for art.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

The L.A. Dance Project performs at Van Cleef and Arpels' ribbon-cutting ceremony on Rodeo Drive.

After live ballet action that featured unimaginable twists and turns by a wildly talented bunch, the dancers led guests to a ribbon cutting with Millepied and Van Cleef & Arpel's president and CEO Nicolas Bos. We were then welcomed inside the 2,300-square-foot store to marvel over the Beverly Hills boutique's exclusive offerings, like the Feérie watch in luxe red enamel.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

A preview of Trey McIntyre's new piece, "The Unkindness of Ravens."

This ballet will feature three dancers from the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC). McIntyre agreed to host the dancers as part DanceMotion USA, a cultural diplomacy program run by the U.S. State Department.

In May, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) toured the Philippines, Vietnam, China and South Korea with DanceMotion USA. That is the first time they met with KNCDC.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

Houston Ballet kicks off its annual Nutcracker Market with a party.

All signs are that this Nutcracker Market is going to continue the trend of ever-increasing millions of dollars in sales. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, market sales were 2.9 percent above that of last year at the same time and that did not include the whopping sales always experienced at the Paul Michael Co. booth, which features masses of holiday decorations.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:47 AM

Actor and dancer Sofoklis Kostoulas is killed in a cycling accident at age 31.

The Greek national had appeared in the English National Ballet production of Like A Fish Out Of Water which was staged at the Uxbridge lido and at Hampton pool as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

The Lone Star Ballet Guild holds its 25th Nutcracker Ball.

The event will mark the ball’s evolution from its humble beginnings to its lavish modern incarnation.“The first ball was in someone’s garage,” chairwoman Karyn Merchant said. “They gave out cookies and punch and thanked the ushers and usherettes.

“Now, it’s a gala evening that people will not forget,” she said.



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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

Australian Ballet dancer Dana Stephensen is featured in her hometown paper.

Ms Stephensen, who has been with the company for eight years, said she was thrilled about her promotion to soloist, a new career benchmark.




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