Category Archives: Dance News

Happy B-Day, Mr. B

Today is George Balanchine’s birthday. Thank you to Toni Bentley for reminding me with her sweet email and link to the beautiful video below:

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Pasha Gets His Own Show!

With my move, I didn’t have time to keep up with it, but this season Pasha Kovalev was a professional dancer on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing (which our Dancing With the Stars is modeled on). He danced … Continue reading

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Yulia Zagoruychenko Auctions Championship Dress to Help Fellow Dancer With Lung Cancer

World Latin champ Yulia Zagoruychenko (whom this blogger adores, as everyone here knows) is auctioning off one of her championship dresses to help friend and fellow dancer Julia Ivleva with her cancer treatments. Ivleva is a pro standard dancer who … Continue reading

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Pasha Will Be a Pro Dancer on Britain’s STRICTLY COME DANCING

Pasha Kovalev is going to be a pro dancer on this season’s Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of our Dancing With the Stars. Apparently, he’s replacing an American dancer, Jared Murillo (whom I’ve never heard of), because Murillo, at … Continue reading

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Former NYCB Dancer Sophie Flack Signs Her Debut Novel, BUNHEADS, at BEA

My apologies for my lack of blog posts this week. I spent Monday through Thursday at Book Expo America, the largest book industry trade fair in North America, held every year in NY at the Javits Center. (Nevertheless, I did … Continue reading

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Google’s Martha Graham Dancer Doodle

In case you’re not online today, or don’t use Google as a search engine, someone has generously recorded and posted a YouTube clip of Google’s excellent Martha Graham doodle, in honor of what would be her 117th birthday. I don’t … Continue reading

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More BLACK SWAN Controversy, and The Paris Opera Ballet’s COPPELIA

I’m still crazy busy but just wanted to point out two things. First, if you haven’t already heard, there’s now a storm of controversy over how much dancing Natalie Portman actually did in Black Swan. Dance Magazine EIC Wendy Perron … Continue reading

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NYCB Wants To Monitor Its Dancers’ Social Media Posts

The dance twittersphere is currently aflutter over this Wall Street Journal article. It seems to have started with some tweets by NYCB corps dancer, Devin Alberda, gently poking fun at NYCB benefactor David Koch, at A.D. Peter Martins’ recent drunk … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Will Receive National Medal of Honor From Obama Today at 1:45

Today at 1:45 p.m ET, Ella Baff, director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (which is an excellent summer festival – loved it the year I was able to go), will receive the National Medal of Honor from President Obama. It … Continue reading

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Moonlight on the Beach

Happy President’s Day everyone! I’m spending the week in South Carolina at my cousin’s timeshare – I needed a few days away from New York and the ocean is  my favorite place. (If I ever have money, I’m definitely buying … Continue reading

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Jenifer Ringer to Appear on Oprah

NYCB announced today that Jenifer Ringer (the subject of Sugarplumpgate if you’re not a regular NYCB dance-goer) will appear on Oprah Winfrey this Thursday, February 17th. She’ll appear as part of an episode called “Fascinating Lives.” In addition to being … Continue reading

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Cory Stearns Promoted to Principal at ABT

ABT has just announced via Facebook that Cory Stearns has been promoted to principal dancer. Above, as Romeo in photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

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SLSG’s Dance Highlights of 2010

Instead of trying to remember which were my favorite performances of the year, I’m just going back through my blog archives from January of this year and linking to the most memorable posts. More fun that way! A lot happened … Continue reading

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Millepied To Be a Daddy

Oh dear lord. Via TheBalletBag.

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Jenifer Ringer Talks About Her Weight on the Today Show

If you guys haven’t seen this yet, Jenifer Ringer was on the Today Show talking about Sir Alastair’s criticism of her weight, her past eating disorder, and the struggle to be thin for ballerinas in general. I hadn’t known, but … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied in TIME DOESN’T STAND STILL

According to Filmmaker Magazine, Benjamin Millepied will be starring with French actress Lea Seydoux in a short film called Time Doesn’t Stand Still, directed by Asa Mader. It’s to premiere in its entirety in 2011, but go here to see … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied Interviewed at Black Swan Premiere

This is actually a pretty interesting interview, by Amy Kaufman, of the Los Angeles Times, at the Black Swan premiere in LA. Millepied talks about the differences between working with trained and untrained dancers, and how he trained the untrained … Continue reading

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Bill T. Jones and Fela! Writer Hit With Lawsuit

According to this UK article, Carlos Moore, the only official biographer of Fela Kuti, is suing Bill T. Jones and Fela! playwright Jim Lewis for $5 million for basing the highly successful Broadway musical (that’s set to open on London’s … Continue reading

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ABT in Cuba

So, American Ballet Theater performed at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, Cuba, as part of the Havana International Ballet Festival, this Wednesday and Thursday. This is the first time ABT has performed in Cuba since 1960 when diplomatic relations … Continue reading

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The Flames of Paris, and Emerging Pictures’ Ballet in Cinema Series

Yesterday, I was invited to a preview of a filmed recording of the Bolshoi’s The Flames of Paris. The film will begin showing in New York at the BIG Cinemas Manhattan on November 2nd and will be broadcast nationally in … Continue reading

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La Scala’s Pink Floyd Ballet in Turkey

While ABT and NYCBallet are performing next month in Cuba, La Scala is bringing the Pink Floyd Ballet to Turkey as part of an overall cultural effort to improve Italian / Turkish relations. According to this article in the Turkish … Continue reading

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Natalie Portman Black Swan Interview in UK Express

Natalie Portman talks with the UK Express about how much harder her role in Black Swan was than other film roles she’s had. “’There were a few days when I thought I might die, literally,’” says Natalie. ‘Maybe I’m being … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied Interview in “The Daily Beast”

“’I will never be a star,’” said Millepied, who claims to spend his down time reading and “’working a lot by myself at home. When I see the attention movie stars get, it doesn’t make me want to be in … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance’s Ellenore Teaching at DNA

I received news from Dance New Amsterdam that Ellenore Scott, finalist from season 6 of SYTYCD, will be teaching an intermediate / advanced contemporary class there for two weeks starting August 17th. I thought it sounded fun and thought I’d … Continue reading

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MyMutation Competition Entry Deadline Extended to August 13th

For people who wanted to enter the MyMutation Online Dance Competition and haven’t yet gotten their entries in, the deadline has now been extended for a couple of days, to August 13th.

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ENTER THE MYMUTATION ONLINE DANCE COMPETITION

I received this email yesterday from the marketing department of the Sydney Opera House in Australia announcing a competition they’re having as part of their upcoming Spring 2010 Festival.  They had the same competition last year and it was a … Continue reading

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FALL FOR DANCE 2010 SCHEDULE

The Fall For Dance 2010 schedule has been announced. It begins on September 28th and runs through October 9. Again, tickets are a mere $10 and they go on sale on City Center’s website on September 12 at 11 a.m. … Continue reading

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ROBERTO BOLLE AT THE PIAZZA SAN MARCO

Roberto Bolle and Friends are performing July 27th at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, as part of a gala to benefit the National Trust for Italy. The way the Italians talk about him, he must be so beloved there. … Continue reading

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NATALIE PORTMAN'S "BLACK SWAN" WILL PREMIERE AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 1

Visit the Examiner for more details and a slide show including a few more pics from the movie. Photo above looks rather creepy imo … which I guess goes along with the genre.

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NILAS MARTINS QUIETLY RETIRES FROM NYCB

According to the New York Times Arts Beat blog, Nilas Martins, longtime principal with New York City Ballet (and son of Artistic Dir. Peter Martins) has retired. Without a farewell performance, without flowers, without fanfare. The story is that he … Continue reading

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