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Ballet Isn’t Dying, After All

November 21, 2014 by

When Jennifer Homans published Apollo’s Angels in 2010, she didn’t sound too hopeful about the future of ballet. “Ballet is dying,” she wrote in the book’s final pages, convinced that the artform had become too … Continue reading

Joffrey Ballet School and Complexions Partner for New Competition

November 19, 2014 by

The newest addition to the dance competition industry is The Élite Dance Tournament. Joffrey Ballet School and Complexions Contemporary Ballet have partnered to award more than $180,000 in cash prizes and scholarships, an apprenticeship with … Continue reading

What My Teacher Taught Me: Colleen Thomas

November 18, 2014 by

Colleen Thomas credits two strong women from her early dance career in helping steer her future as a choreographer: Her childhood teacher, Jean McDonald, and New York City choreographer Nina Wiener, who gave Thomas her … Continue reading

“City.ballet.” Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: The Man in Charge

November 17, 2014 by

Peter Martins has been ballet master in chief for more than 30 years at New York City Ballet. (He transferred from the Royal Danish Ballet after falling in love with the musical West Side Story.) Thirty years … Continue reading

UNCSA Alumnus Directs Prepatory Program

November 13, 2014 by

Dean Susan Jaffe announces Matthew Donnell as director of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ preparatory program. Donnell attended the after-school dance class program in his youth before studying at UNCSA’s high … Continue reading

“City.ballet.” Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Getting Inside One Choreographer’s Process

November 11, 2014 by

In this episode, we get a glimpse into corps member Troy Schumacher’s big premiere for New York City Ballet’s fall gala. Up until now, the young, breakout choreographer of NYCB has been Justin Peck, and … Continue reading