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Tuesday, March 19

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A preview of Ballet Arizona's "Director's Choice" program.

If we were looking for reasons to show some appreciation for all that Ballet Arizona brings to the Valley arts scene, then we found three more to add to the list: choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Alejandro Cerrudo and Director's Choice.

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Several of the Ballet Boyz answer questions on Twitter.

Earlier today, three dancers from the ballet company BalletBoyz joined us on Twitter to answer your questions. Leon Poulton (@leonpoulton), Eddie Pearce (@eddiep89) and Taylor Benjamin (@taylorbenji), all of whom have been dancing with the company for at least three seasons, were in the hot seat.

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"Ballet's Greatest Hits" will be shown in Southern California movie houses.

The broadcast is part of the Emerging Pictures Ballet in Cinema series, which broadcasts dance productions from major international companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet and La Scala ballet.

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The Royal Opera House has a new chief executive.

Beard said he was "delighted" to have the opportunity to build on the achievements of previous Royal Opera House CEO Tony Hall, who has left to become director general of the BBC. His post carries a salary of £250,000 a year.

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A review of the Royal Ballet in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Keith Watson for metro.co.uk.

Now though, the smoke has cleared and the ballet has found its feet. The decision, made last year, to switch from two acts to three, works a treat: the dancers have room to breathe between the kaleidoscope of imagery. The central story, a coy romance between Alice and a callow lad called Jack (who doubles as the Knave of Hearts), hangs by a thread at times but it holds up.

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More on the state of play at the Bolshoi.

Anatoly Iksanov responded Tuesday to dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze's claim that he feels ready to take the top job by saying that his opponent's "fame and scandalousness" aren't enough for the position.

Related.

Former Bolshoi soloist Anastasia Volochkova has accused the beleaguered theatre of forcing female dancers to sleep with wealthy patrons, in claims that the general director Anatoly Iksanov on Tuesday dismissed as "ravings".

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A National Public Radio story on Manassas Ballet Theatre's new ballet in memory of a dead soldier, the son of the choreographer.

Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia, choreographed and cast a four-part performance celebrating the young Marine's life. The ballet, simply called Colin, debuted in early March.

Colin, who was 19 at the time of his death, grew up dancing in the ballet company that his parents owned. Wolfe says he wanted to be a Marine ever since Marines came to his elementary school. His interest was solidified after Sept. 11, 2001.

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Orlando Ballet adds performances to its new season.

The season will serve as a double anniversary — the ballet's 40th and Hill's fifth year leading the company. An anniversary gala will take place Oct. 17, featuring guest artists performing a short program and dinner.

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Social notes on American Ballet Theatre's Winter Ball.

As if on cue, we then spotted New York City Ballet principal dancer Ashley Bouder, who was with her husband, former Royal Ballet dancer Matthew Dibble, and who told us she had declined someone’s offer to dress her for the evening.

“I was like, I’ll just wear my Nicole [Miller],” said Ms. Bouder, who was wearing a classic black-and-white print dress. “Nicole gave me the dress for a different party. It was Japanese-themed.”

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A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet by Mariko Nagashima for SeattleDances. (Hat tip to sandik for the link!)

Featuring a cast of seven men and two women, Gibson’s premiere, Mozart Pieces, seemed almost to be the masculine answer to Balanchine’s female dominated Barocco. Unfortunately, programming it directly after Barocco made it appear rather academic and fragmented. Solos, duets, and ensemble sections all were danced with virtuosity, but followed each other for little rhyme or reason; the piece lacked a through line to connect each segment. Mark Zappone’s costumes, provided an elegant and slightly baroque feeling with bustled half-skirts and brocaded bodices for the women; ruched jackets, stockings, and bowed pony tails for the men.....

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