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  1. A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet in "Romeo et Juliette" by Sondra Forsyth for Broadway World.

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    Noelani Pantastico in the role of Juliet and James Yoichi Moore in the role of Romeo are perfectly matched as the young lovers, dancing with infectious joy and believable ardor. Their chemistry makes the tragic ending all the more heartbreaking.

     

  2. A review of the Hungarian National Ballet in "The Flames of Paris" by Jenifer Sarver for Bachtrack.

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    The Hungarian National Ballet dances Michael Messerer’s updated (slightly shortened) version of the Vainonen classic. Staying close to the original production, which both Messerer’s parents starred in at the Bolshoi in the 1930s, it eliminates the changes that appear in Alexei Ratmansky's version created for the Bolshoi in 2008, focusing instead on the grandeur, pageantry and technical virtuosity that is such an exciting part of this genre. Few in the ballet world are unfamiliar with the pas de deux danced in the final scene by Jeanne and Philippe, danced here by Tatiana Melnik and Gergely Leblanc; joyful Marseillais revolutionaries who celebrate the taking of the Tuileries Palace with a bravado pas de deux that appears to decline the adagio portion of the grand pas de deux both because it is too aristocratic for their tastes, and because they are simply having too much fun showing off for their friends to slow down!

     

  3. Lauren Anderson conducts a free master class.

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    Classes will be held February 13th, March 13th, April 17th, and May 15th for this incredible opportunity. These classes are open to the public for intermediate/advanced dancers ages 12-Adult and tickets can be found by clicking here.

     

  4. A biographical article on Lauren Anderson.

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    With her groundbreaking talent and tenacious determination, Anderson reached a major milestone in history becoming the first African American principal dancer in any major ballet company, nationally and internationally.

     

  5. Atlanta Ballet launches an inclusive line of dancewear.

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    That’s changing thanks to companies like Atlanta Ballet. Last month, the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education announced a new line of dancewear available in a variety of skin tone shades — meant to be a better reflection of the diverse dancers who will wear it.

     

  6. A review of Sarasota Ballet by Jann Parry.

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    Sarasota Ballet is the first company, other than the late Paul Taylor’s own, to perform his 1988 Brandenburgs, to movements from two Bach concertos. When Iain Webb’s Florida-based company performed it in January last year, shortly before the pandemic caused the closure of theatres, Michael Trusnovec, Taylor’s former leading man, came to mount the chamber piece. He returned a year later to coach the dancers for their digital performance, recording an engaging introduction to the company’s double bill of Taylor’s works.
     

     

  7. A story on diversity efforts at the Paris Opera Ballet in light of a new report.

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    The report also urged that an overhaul of the admissions process for the Paris Opera Ballet School, where the company trains a majority of the its dancers, be carried out to allow for a more diverse selection pool. “The objective is not that the school recruits less talented students to meet diversity objectives,” the writers of the report said, “but to search for great students wherever they can be found.”

     

  8. An interview with former Berlin Staatsballett dancer Chloé Lopes Gomes,

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    She said that in rehearsals at Berlin's prestigious Staatsballett, which she joined in 2018, she was told her mistakes stood out because she is Black. In another incident, she said she was mocked when offered a white-colored veil for a show.

     

  9. The Paris Opera Ballet takes diversity measures.

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    In 2015, the Opera’s ballet director, Benjamin Millepied, met resistance after he ended the use of blackface for La Bayadère and renamed its Danse des Negrillons (dance of the little negroes) as Dance of the Children.

    Neef himself made waves recently when he told Le Monde newspaper that “some works will no doubt disappear from the repertoire”.

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    A report said the company, which has lagged behind on issues of race, needs to do more to promote diversity.

     

  10. A new documentary, "In Balanchine's Classroom," has crossed the finish line. Looking forward to this.

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    In 2007, Connie [Hochman] began a series of interviews with former Balanchine dancers - ninety in all – to explore the phenomenon of Balanchine’s classroom. Why did he teach and not just choreograph? What did he teach? How did he teach? How did his daily class relate to his choreography? Their remembrances of his unorthodox methods and transformative teaching form the basis of IN BALANCHINE'S CLASSROOM.
     

     

  11. Nope, not pregnant, says Natalie Portman, in response to reports.

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    Portman has two kids with her husband Benjamin Millepied – a son born in 2011 and a daughter born in 2017........

    She arrived in September with her husband and kids and, after a two-week hotel quarantine, settled down in Sydney.

     

  12. An interview with Sergei Polunin.

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    “I reached the top, then I realised not much has changed,” he says. “There were 10, 11 hours in the studio, six days a week, touring, one month off a year, and only a tiny bit of money. I thought the world must be so much more than this, let me see what is out there.”

     

  13. An appreciation of the publisher Naim Attallah, who has died at age 89.

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    His most recent autobiography, published two years ago — shortly after he was awarded the CBE for services to literature and the arts — is a name-dropper’s paradise. From Billy Connolly and the Bee Gees, to Paula Yates and Dame Margot Fonteyn for whom ‘sex had been her driving force’.

     

  14. The history of ballet, in brief.

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    The Queen's patronage of the ballet began a long history of French royal interest in the new style of dance. The ballet de cour remained an important part of royal entertaining. King Louis XIV—known for his opulent palace at Versailles—gained his nickname “the Sun King” from his role as Apollo in a performance of the dance Ballet de la Nuit in 1653. Under the Sun King's rule, ballet became a more formal discipline. The Académie Royale de Danse was founded in 1661, and dance masters set to work standardizing notation for choreography. The five standard positions of ballet date from the this time in late 17th-century France.

     

  15. The Royal New Zealand Ballet prepares to go on tour.

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    Patricia Barker:

    Tutus is a wonderful opportunity for our dancers to get out to small towns and cities. Some of our ballets are too large to take to smaller stages, but these are all smaller works, with smaller casts. It also gives our dancers a chance to get their feet wet with a pas de deux or an excerpt from the ballets.

     

  16. Cincinnati Ballet will present outdoor performances this spring.

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    The Cincinnati Ballet made the decision to shift to in-person and virtual options for the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing effect on local and national arts programs. According to a report from Americans for the Arts, Ohio non-profit arts organizations have lost more than $32 million due to the effect of COVID-19.

     

  17. The Paris Opera Ballet presents a different kind of masked gala.

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    Ballet plus Chanel seems like a match made in heaven, and thanks to the Paris Opera Ballet gala, that pairing came to life last Wednesday evening. Some dancers performed in pink pointe shoes and white tutus, some performed in Chanel, but each member of the 250-person ensemble wore a blue face mask as they gathered onstage for the first time in months.

     

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