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The founder of Ballet Memphis steps down as CEO.

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The organization announced in May 2019 that Pugh would no longer serve as artistic director. Steven McMahon, who began his career as a Ballet Memphis company dancer in 2004, assumed the role of artistic director. 

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Pugh founded Ballet Memphis, located at 2144 Madison Ave., in 1986 with two dancers and a $75,000 budget.

 

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Yuan Yuan Tan celebrates her 25th season with San Francisco Ballet.

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It did not take many minutes for her mother to persuade her to take the San Francisco offer. Vicarious living is a strong motivator.

“I didn’t want to be a dancer. My mom wanted me to,” she says. “She auditioned when she was young, and she got in. But my grandfather didn’t want her to dance. So I’m just an only child that fulfilled her dream.”


 

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 The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa tours with "Romeo and Juliet."

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Last year the company brought “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” over to the United States, he said. This year, they’re adding “Romeo and Juliet” to the roster.

 

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Lauren Redniss will create the next installation in New York City Ballet's Art Series.

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She will create a 360-degree panorama of portraits depicting more than 100 people who work at New York City Ballet, celebrating the behind-the-scenes efforts that are the lifeblood of the theater.

 

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