Artistic Duo’s Towering Achievement on Display at NYCB

The New York City Ballet is turning to Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, better known as FAILE—a hip artistic duo known for their tapestry-like sculptures, paintings, and collages—to help bring in a younger audience.

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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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There’s Something Borrowed and Something New in NYCB Lobby

New York City Ballet, seeking to furnish the promenade at its theater for pre-performance socializing, has found a cost-effective method—in exchange for featuring the work of three young design firms, it is receiving the free use of their furniture for the season.

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Villella Decides to Give Up Final Year with Miami City Ballet

Edward Villella, the artistic director who founded the Miami City Ballet in 1986 and built it into an internationally recognized company, has left sooner than expected.

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NYCB and Valentino Combine Forces for a High Fashion Fall Gala

In case ballet isn’t beautiful enough, legendary designer Valentino is creating what will undoubtedly be stunning costumes for New York City Ballet’s fall gala, reported Philly.com.

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Ballet Scene | Another Way to Soar

New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht is known for his high-flying jumps and charismatic stage presence. When he is not lighting up stages across the globe with his dancing prowess, he is also a much-sought-after guest teacher whose passion for the craft of ballet and rapport with students has earned him the respect of school directors, students, and fellow teaching professionals alike.

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NYCB Fans Can Meet Favorite Dancers at NMD Autograph Signing

National Museum of Dance will hold an autograph signing and meet-and-greet with New York City Ballet dancers Wendy Whelan, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, and Amar Ramasar, plus NYCB photographer Paul Kolnik, on July 14 at 4pm.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center Eyes Future with “Less” NYCB

The Saratoga [NY] Performing Arts Center’s 2012 season hasn’t even started yet, and already people are upset about 2013, according to the Times Union.

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Legendary New York City Ballet Conductor Hugo Fiorato Dies

Hugo Fiorato, a former child prodigy who became the conductor of the New York City Ballet and one of its most enduring influences, died April 23 in Boston, reported The New York Times. He was 98.

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Peter Martins Will Be ‘Dr. Martins’ Thanks to Juilliard

Peter Martins, ballet master in chief for the New York City Ballet, will be among the professional artists receiving recognition when The Juilliard School holds its 107th commencement ceremony on May 25 at 11am in Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th Street, New York City.

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NYCB’s Beloved Character Dancer Shaun O’Brien Dies

Shaun O’Brien, a celebrated former character dancer with New York City Ballet, died Thursday in Saratoga Springs, New York, The New York Times reported. He was 86.

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NYCB Auditions Children for Roles in ‘Firebird,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’

New York City Ballet will conduct auditions for children’s roles in Saratoga performances of Firebird and Romeo and Juliet on March 18 at the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.

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NYC Dancers to Celebrate Career of Choreographer David Fernandez

Choreographer, dancer, and master teacher David Fernandez will be honored during a program entitled Some Dance Company, featuring performances by dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and other New York companies.

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NYCB’s ‘Nutcracker’ Coming to a Movie Screen Near You

New York City Ballet’s December 13 performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will be transmitted live in high definition to more than 500 movie theaters around the country, the company told The New York Times this week.

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Bettijane Sills Donates Memorabilia of NYCB Career to Museum

Bettijane Sills, who danced with New York City Ballet from 1961 to 1972, has donated a collection of memorabilia from her career to the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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NYCB’s Millepied Retires From the Stage to Focus on Choreography

Benjamin Millepied, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, has retired and plans to focus on his choreography, according to The New York Times.

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Hear Sneak Preview of McCartney’s ‘Ocean’s Kingdom’ Score

Eager fans can listen in to a tidbit from Paul McCartney’s first original orchestral score for dance, “Ocean’s Kingdom,” written for the New York City Ballet 2011/2012 season, on his website.

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Years After Famous Rebuff, Decca to Release ex-Beatle’s Ballet

Sir Paul McCartney is to release his first ballet with the record label Decca, half a century after the Beatles were famously rejected by the company, according to BBC News.

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Savanna Teen Invited to Train at SAB

Savannah student Alston Macgill, 13, has been invited to join the year-round program at the School of American Ballet in New York City. SAB is the training ground for New York City Ballet.

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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 Fans Angry at Move to Stop Selling ‘Nosebleed Seats

New York City Ballet fans accustomed to sitting in the lofty fourth ring of the David H. Koch Theater are a hardy band of passionate balletomanes, and they’re angry that the company has decided to stop selling most of the low-priced nosebleed tickets, according to The New York Times.

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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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NYCB Dancers, Administration Reach Contract Agreement

Dancers with the New York City Ballet voted 63-1 on Tuesday to accept a contract after contentious negotiations over issues like overtime and salary, according to The New York Times.

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NYCB Locked in Contract Dispute With Dancers

New York City Ballet is engaged in combative negotiations with its dancers over their union contract, which expired in August, according to a story this week in The New York Times.

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Joffrey Ballet School Unveils New Performance Company

The Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company will make its inaugural performances with seven new ballets by choreographers whose credits include the New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Morphoses, this May.

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Original Balanchine Mouse King, Edward Bigelow, Dies at 93

Edward Bigelow, a longtime dancer and administrator at New York City Ballet, died Monday in a car accident in Sharon, Connecticut, The New York Times reported Friday. He was 93 and lived in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

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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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Paul McCartney Composes Orchestral Score for NYCB Production

Paul McCartney has written a major orchestral work for New York City Ballet—a love story titled Ocean’s Kingdom, which will premiere at the company’s fall gala on September 22, according to The New York Times.

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Jacques d’Amboise Tells of Extraordinary Life in New Book

“Who am I? I’m a man; an American, a father, a teacher, but most of all, I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives, because they transformed mine. I was a dancer.”

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NYCB Returns to Tradition of Touring with Small Professional Ensemble

New York City Ballet is creating a small and nimble touring ensemble in the hopes of broadening its appeal around the country and the world, according to The New York Times.

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Free Family Program Shows How Young Dancers Become Professionals

Students and faculty of the School of American Ballet will present “The Beauty of Ballet,” a fun and educational program that illustrates the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers, in March at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, Brooklyn, New York.

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High Drama in Black Swan

Many aspects of Swan Lake contribute to its fame. Now, 128 years after Swan Lake captivated audiences, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Black Swan, may do the same.

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Vail International Dance Festival 2011 Dates Announced

The Vail International Dance Festival will bring some of the world’s greatest dancers, choreographers, and musicians to stages of the Vail Valley in Colorado for a two-week celebration of dance July 31 to August 13, 2011.

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Joffrey Ballet Hopes to Dance in Cuba

The Chicago Sun Times has reported that during a news conference at this year’s Havana International Ballet Festival in Cuba, a festival official said he hopes to have the Joffrey Ballet appear as part of its 2012 season.

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Pirate Ballet Sails Back into Tampa After 16-year Absence

Gaspar—A Pirate Fantasy, a two-act swashbuckling ballet, is begin re-staged in the Tampa Bay area after a 16-year absence by the original creator and choreographer, Christopher Fleming, a former New York City Ballet dancer.

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New York City Ballet Dancers Featured in New Work by Avi Scher

A performance of Avi Scher’s new pas de deux for New York City Ballet dancers Ana Sophia Scheller and David Prottas will premiere as part of the Young Choreographers Showcase on November 14 at 8 p.m.

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Boston Ballet Competition Planned for May 2011

Valentina Kozlova, a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet, has announced the first Boston International Ballet Competition, scheduled for May 12 to 16, 2011, in Boston’s John Hancock Hall.

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Judith Jamison Tribute at White House

Ballet, modern, hip-hop, and Broadway dance will all be represented in the East Room of the White House on September 7 for the “White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison.”

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Festival Debut for Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet been selected to make its debut at the 2010 Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center on September 28 and 29, when it will perform Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section.

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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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More Elbow Room at Scarsdale Ballet Studio

Scarsdale Ballet Studio in Westchester, New York, is adding a third classroom at the school in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center as the studio celebrates its 19th anniversary in September.

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Seth Orza Promoted to PNB Principal Dancer

Seth Orza, who joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007, has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer for the 2010-2011 season, PNB artistic director Peter Boal announced July 6.

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Washington Ballet Names Ballet Mistress

The Washington Ballet has chosen Monique Meunier, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer, as its new ballet mistress, the company has announced. She will take up the position on August 23.

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Dance Festival Planned in October

The sixth annual Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey will take place October 9 and 10 at the Russ Berrie Center for the Performing Arts of Ramapo College in Mahwah.

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First New York Season for Avi Scher & Dancers

Avi Scher & Dancers will present six works—three of them premieres—in the troupe’s first New York City season April 3 to 5 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. The lineup of dancers includes American Ballet Theatre principals Marcelo Gomes and Veronika Part, New York City Ballet principals Sara Mearns and Abi Stafford, and NYCB soloist Savannah Lowery

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PNB Features Three by Ulysses Dove

Pacific Northwest Ballet will feature three works by the late Ulysses Dove in a program to be performed from March 18 to 28 at McCaw Hall in Seattle, Washington. Suspension of Disbelief by Victor Quijada, a choreographer who counts Dove among his inspirations, is also on the program.

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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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Thinking Out Loud | Memories of a Master

My first experience with Jerry came as a 10-yearold. I was chosen to be Cupid in Mother Goose. My task was to lead Prince Charming to the fairy princess and shoot her in the heart with my magic arrow. I was onstage for all of 3 minutes, a seemingly unimportant child’s role that a ballet master could no doubt teach. Robbins taught it himself as he would later teach Fancy Free and Dances at a Gathering: so that I recognized the importance, filling me with images of my character’s motivation and a sense of my larger responsibility to the plot and success of the ballet. He reminded me of the dangers of twigs snapping under my clumsy foot or of rustled leaves waking the dormant princess. He instilled in me an importance of our work in the studio, his and mine, not my work for him, which is more how I would have seen it.

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