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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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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