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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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