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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

A Washington Post photo gallery of former dancers working in the sciences.

Roger Plaut, who danced with the Joffrey Ballet and the Washington Ballet, works as a scientist for the Food and Drug Administration. Here, he poses with a petri dish containing E. coli.


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For decades, most dance companies have pushed dancers to keep performing as long as they are physically able. Discussing “What will we do next?” was taboo. Slowly, that attitude is changing, says Elizabeth LaClause, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Career Transition for Dancers. “We tell dancers, ‘Take those classes while you are still dancing,’ ” LaClause said.



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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

A story on Ballet Nouveau Colorado's name change and restructuring.

Ballet Nouveau's dance school will stay in its Broomfield location and take the new name of Colorado Conservatory of Dance.

Ammon said the organization began looking at a restructuring six months ago and decided the structure wasn't working for an organization the size of BNC. The organization decided creating two separate entities would work better to allow the school and professional company more flexibility and ability to grow independently.


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The dance company will now be called Wonderbound and, in March, will move its studios downtown to 1075 Park Ave. W.; the dance school will now be called the Colorado Conservatory of Dance and stay in its current Broomfield home.



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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

Kentucky Ballet Theatre premieres "The Night Before Christmas" this weekend.

Conceived by Kentucky Ballet artistic director Norbe Risco and board president Jan Foody, The Night Before Christmas is inspired by the well-known 19th-century poem by Clement Clarke Moore about a Christmas Eve visit from Santa Claus.


Risco also choreographed the entire ballet and co-wrote the narrative aspects of the show with Lexington actor and director Ross Carter.




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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:28 PM

A story on husband-and-wife dancers Nurlan and Aygul Abougaliev.

"We wanted to dance for PBT because they have a good mix of classical and contemporary styles," Mr. Abougaliev said, explaining that the majority of ballet companies today lean more toward contemporary styles of dance.


Having been raised in the Soviet Union, both were chosen to become dancers when they were young children, which meant a grueling education that focused exclusively on every aspect of the Russian ballet as it related to the rest of their lives.




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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

A review of the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker by Paula Citron in The Globe and Mail.

Was the $2.7-million price tag worth it? You bet it was. In terms of theatrical values, this production can give any big Broadway musical a run for its money.

Kudelka added another layer to enrich the original story line, and this element certainly holds up. His Nutcracker has a moral. Instead of little Clara going on an adventure with the Nutcracker Prince, Kudelka created two squabbling siblings, Misha (Simon McNally) and Marie (Rebekah Bloomfield).



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

Live music returns to Eugene Ballet's Nutcracker.

Founded and conducted by Brian McWhorter, a University of Oregon music professor and professional trumpeter, Orchestra Next mixes music pros, who sit in the principal chairs, with nonprofessional and student musicians from the university and from the community at-large.

“It is wonderful to again have a full orchestra performing for our production,” EBC Artistic Director Toni Pimble said. “The dancers love the energy of live music...."



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:15 PM

A review of the English National Ballet's Nutcracker by Louise Levene in The Telegraph.

Peter Farmer’s clunky transformations and generic sets are decidedly “shabby-chic” (flyblown to you and me), although they’d look 10 years younger if a few quid were spent on some decent lighting.


As always, this three-star production is saved by five-star performances. The corps de ballet are on top form after a long tour of ENB’s superb Sleeping Beauty, although crispy shoes made hailstones of the snowflakes.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

Brighton Ballet Theater loses mosts of its costumes to Superstorm Sandy.

Forty percent of the school’s massive costume collection needs to be replaced because of flood waters that hit its basement storage facility on Brighton Beach Ave.

But Brighton Ballet did manage to stage one performance of “The Nutcracker” this month. Half the needed costumes had been removed from storage before the hurricane for fittings.A $10,000 grant from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund paid for quickly made new costumes for the other dancers.




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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

Francia Russell is interviewed about books and authors on crosscut.com:

You and Kent brought Maurice Sendak's work to life in the Nutcracker, which has become a Seattle classic. Any stories about working with Sendak?

Knowing and working with Maurice was a great experience for our whole family. A lot of Nutcracker was conceived at our dining room table with our eldest son contributing ideas and the two younger ones pretending to be waiters. Grumpy and cranky as Maurice could be with adults, he related instinctively to children and always showed them respect. He and Kent were like a couple of kids themselves, firing rockets of ideas back and forth, reaching a meeting of creative minds.

The underside of Maurice's brilliant artistic and intellectual gifts was a sadly depressive nature. But he was also witty and funny and deservedly proud of his work and, to the end of his life, he was an unmatched and beloved friend.




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