Westside School of Ballet Director, Former NYCB Dancer, Yvonne Mounsey, Dies

Yvonne Mounsey, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and the longtime director of one of Southern California’s most prominent ballet schools, died Saturday from cancer at her Los Angeles home, reported the Los Angeles Times. She was 93.

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Dancers Over 40 Event Pays Tribute to George Balanchine

Dancers Over 40—a not-for-profit that supports the needs of mature dancers, choreographers, and related artists—will present a tribute to the great George Balanchine, and the talented New York City Ballet performers who worked with the master, on October 8 at pm at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 West 46th Street, New York.

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‘Swashbuckling’ Apollo, Jacques d’Amboise, Shares Balanchine’s Secrets with Dancers

Jacques d’Amboise, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and one of the foremost interpreters of the role of Apollo, recently coached the masterwork for The George Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archives.

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Video Tributes to Ballet Greats

In a New York Times article, author and former New York City Ballet dancer Toni Bentley tells of opening a mysterious email that contained links to a YouTube video tribute (which include some very rare images) to George Balanchine and to one of his first ballerinas, Tamara Toumanova.

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California’s Diablo Ballet Presents First Holiday Ballet as part of 2012-2013 Season

Diablo Ballet’s 19th season will feature works by George Balanchine, Trey McIntyre, and Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas, plus the world premiere of its first holiday ballet.

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Kirov Students Learn Balanchine Ballet from Original Cast Members

The Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB) will present George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie as part of spring performances set for May 24 to 26 at the Washington, D.C. ballet academy.

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PNB Glances Back in Time as It Presents Two Masterworks

Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 39th season with a potent program of Greek gods and 13th-century monks, “Apollo & Carmina.”

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Collaboration Pairs Suzanne Farrell Ballet With Sarasota Ballet

A joint production of George Balanchine’s Diamonds between Florida’s Sarasota Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. October 12 to 16 will feature dancers from both companies with live orchestra.

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More Balanchine Roles Preserved in Video Series

Jillana, Conrad Ludlow, and Suki Schorer are the latest Balanchine dancers to participate in a video series that is preserving the thoughts and remembrances of dancers who worked with the great choreographer as he created his classic ballets.

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Kolnik’s NYCB Images on Display at National Museum of Dance

Paul Kolnik’s “Balanchine: a tempo,” a digital installation of dynamic images from the New York City Ballet’s current season, will be on display at The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York, through the rest of 2011.

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NYCB Chief Peter Martins Surprises Audience with Rare Performance

A mild tremor of excitement ran through the New York City Ballet audience on Sunday afternoon as the cast of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue took a bow.

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Kirkland Academy to Perform Rarely Seen Balanchine Comic Work

A La Francaix, a rarely seen George Balanchine comic ballet, will be part of a program of original ballets, character dances, and excerpts from ballets by Petipa and Bournonville during the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet’s spring performance on June 2.

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Seven More Balanchine Masterpieces Captured on Educational Video

The George Balanchine Foundation has expanded its archival video series, which documents detailed explanations of selected passages of Balanchine’s choreography, by seven new titles.

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Sarasota Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet Dancers Shine in Diamonds

Florida’s Sarasota Ballet will help The Suzanne Farrell Ballet celebrate its 10th anniversary this fall when dancer from both companies take to the stage in George Balanchine’s Diamonds at the Eisenhower Theater of The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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Learn about Balanchine and His ‘Dream’ from PNB Faculty

Pacific Northwest Ballet School faculty members Marjorie Thompson and Bruce Wells, former dancers with New York City Ballet, will discuss working with George Balanchine and their experiences with A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the next offering in PNB’s lecture series, April 7 at 6pm.

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Capturing Balanchine

The ghost of George Balanchine indisputably hovers over New York City Ballet, and one day last fall it was more than usually present. The occasion was a taping session devoted to Balanchine’s La Source, undertaken by The George Balanchine Foundation for its Interpreters Archive.

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PNB Revives Balanchine’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the McCaw Hall stage in Seattle, Washington, as the fifth offering of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2010-2011 season.

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Something Old and Something New at Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s holiday season features one seasonal classic based on a familiar old tale, and one world premiere built around the holiday stories and memories of the company’s own dancers.

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Festival Ballet Presents All-Balanchine Program in November

The Festival Ballet of Providence, under the artistic direction of Mihailo Djuric, will present “All Balanchine” in November at the VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence, Rhode Island.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Says Farewell to Long-Time Principal Lallone

After a successful 24-year career with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Principal Ariana Lallone will be leaving the company at the end of the 2010-2011 season.

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Nevada Ballet Theatre Welcomes New Advisor and Coach, Cynthia Gregory

Cynthia Gregory, one of the 20th century’s greatest ballerinas, has been named artistic advisor to Nevada Ballet Theatre and its affiliated academy, and will coach aspiring dancers and established professionals from the new Cynthia Gregory Center for Coaching.

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Pennsylvania Ballet opens season with Carmen

Roland Petit’s Carmen, which tells of the torrid and tragic affair between a temptress and her lover, ignites the Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2010-2011 season in five performances Oct. 21-24 at the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust streets.

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‘Nutcracker’ Auditions for Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet will hold auditions Saturday, September 11, for the children’s roles in its production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, to be performed at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts this December.

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Joffrey Ballet at Ohio Festival

The Joffrey Ballet will perform with the Cleveland Orchestra over Labor Day weekend during the annual Blossom Festival in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

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Summer Intensive Ends With Serenade

The Summer Intensive at Princeton Ballet School ended its five-week program on July 30 with a performance that included George Balanchine’s Serenade, restaged by Kyra Nichols, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer, and a suite from Giselle, restaged by Maria Youskevitch, a former soloist at American Ballet Theatre.

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World Premieres at Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet will present world premieres by Matthew Neenan, the company’s choreographer in residence, and Benjamin Millepied during its 2010-2011 season, the Philadelphia-based company has announced.

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Kloborg to Join Georgian Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow

Sebastian Kloborg, a soloist with the Royal Danish Ballet, will join the State Ballet of Georgia in its performances June 23 to 27 at the annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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PNB to Close Season With Its Greatest Hits

Pacific Northwest Ballet will end its season June 13 with a one-night-only Season Encore Performance of some of the past year’s highlights.

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Balanchine’s Coppélia at PNB

Pacific Northwest Ballet will present the company premiere of George Balanchine’s evening-length Coppélia from June 3 to 13 as its final work of the season at Seattle’s McCaw Hall.

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Mixed Spring Program for San Jose Ballet

Ballet San Jose will present the company premiere of Donald Mahler’s Salut d’Amour, a ballet for three couples set to an Elgar score, in a mixed-bill program April 8 to 11 at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in California.

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$59,000 Grant to Digitize Pillow’s Photos

Jacob’s Pillow Dance has received a $59,000 grant from the federal Save America’s Treasures program to support the digitization of a portion of its extensive archival photo collection. The Pillow marks its 78th anniversary this year as a dance mecca in Becket, Massachusetts, and is itself a National Historic Landmark.

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Petipa’s Influence on Balanchine Explored

Doug Fullington, education programs manager at Pacific Northwest Ballet, will discuss the influence of Marius Petipa’s choreography on the work of George Balanchine, particularly his choreography for men, in a Works & Process lecture-demonstration May 14 and 15 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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Student Workshop Aims High

Scarsdale Ballet Studio will offer an ambitious program March 20 and 21 at its seventh annual workshop performance, to be held at the Dance Theatre Lab at Purchase College, SUNY, in Purchase, New York.

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DanceLife TV Discover the National Museum of Dance

DLTV takes you to The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. Established in 1986, it is the only museum in the nation dedicated to professional dance. The museum’s only permanent exhibition is the Hall of Fame, which honors Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Katherine Dunham, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Lincoln Kirstein, and Bill “Bojangles’” Robinson, among others. Explore one of the dance world’s best-kept secrets.

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