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Monday, April 15

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Ryan Gosling says no more ballet classes.

Ryan Gosling said: 'I used to [go to ballet classes], but I was terrible. Plus, people started filming me with their phones.....

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A review of Ballet Idaho in "Swan Lake" by Dana Oland for The Idaho Statesman.

Placed on David Walker’s storybook set — on loan from Texas Theatre Ballet — artistic director Peter Anastos and ballet master Alex Ossadnik pulled together a tightly rehearsed and beautifully staged performance that was everything you’d want in a “Swan Lake.”

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Ballet Manila and the Choi So Bin Ballet of South Korea collaborate on a gala performance.

The Choi So Bin Ballet will perform Carmen, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux and Don Quixote Basilio Variation. Ballet Manila, meanwhile, will present classical fare such as Fairy Doll, Black Swan Variation and Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene, as well as contemporary dance pieces like Sotto Voce and Reconfigured.

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Maria Tallchief's death is noted in The Washington Post's "The Reliable Source" column.

Maria Tallchief, who, while she didn’t want to be defined by her Osage roots, was also very proud of them, resisting pressure to change her name to a faux-Russian “Tallchieva.”

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New York City Center announces casting for the revival of "On Your Toes."

Dancers Irina Dvorovenko (American Ballet Theater) and Joaquin De Luz (New York City Ballet) will play Vera Baronova and Konstantine Morrosine, respectively.

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A preview of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Cinderella" by Mark Kanny in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Four rotating casts will be employed in “Cinderella.” In addition, 20 children from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will portray the enchanted garden creatures, such as bumblebees, snow angels and butterflies, who are brought to life by the Fairy Godmother.

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A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet in 'Swan Lake' by Moira Macdonald for The Seattle Times.

On Friday’s opening night, principal dancer Carla Körbes cast her own spell over the audience. Her Odette, trembling and vulnerable, doesn’t dare make eye contact; she’s frightened of the Prince (the elegant Karel Cruz) and of love. In their pas de deux, he barely seemed to be lifting — she flew from his arms — and her every delicate movement seemed to suggest a bird released from a cage, knowing that freedom was beautiful but brief. Körbes’ Black Swan was more feline than fiery, but no less dazzling, and her final moments of agony as the woman becomes a swan again were immensely moving....

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Anna Walker's review of PNB for SeattleDances. (Thanks to sandik for sending in the link!)

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake opened on Friday, April 12, 2013, with a strong argument that Swan Lake is very much a living classic. As so many nineteenth-century ballets threaten to become little more than period pieces, Swan Lake is one of a handful that endures—and Kent Stowell and Francia Russell have given us a version that cherishes the traditions of the Tchaikovsky score and the Petipa/Ivanov choreography while making subtle updates to the staging that make it live and breathe for a twenty-first-century audience. A stellar opening cast headed by Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in the lead roles made for a performance that ended with a standing ovation. Körbes, as Odette/Odile, rose to the challenge of the dual role and created two distinct, swan-like characters whose personality, presence, and movement were worlds apart. As Siegfried, Cruz used his regal presence and pristine technique to portray a prince who evolved from party boy, to man in love, to one stricken with sadness.

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