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  1. I found "The Celebration" - Artistic Director Marcello Angelini‘s beautifully crafted “sentimental journey” of his twenty-six years in leadership - to be a visual tale of diversity executed by a spirited generation of talent.; here's my review. I kind of regret not having auditioned for him as a dancer... the company it beautiful!
  2. If anyone is interested in hearing a dancer's perspective, here's our interview with Regina. I'm impressed - I know that as a classically-trained ballet dancer, I would have been so intimidated by hip hop!
  3. When I heard the news that Marcello Angelini has commissioned a hip hop piece for the company's final program of the season, I was intrigued! So I reached out to them and was granted the opportunity to interview Jennifer Weber, probably more known in this ballet space for her work with Tiler Peck and Brooklyn Mack and possibly for The Hip Hip Nutcracker, to find out more about this unique creative process. I'm also working on an interview with Regina Montgomery, one of the featured dancers in the work, to learn what her experience has been like. Stay tuned!
  4. Gavin Larsen is a first-time author who has just published a memoir about - as the title so precisely expresses - Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life. I highly recommend this book for aspiring dancers who wish to have insight into the industry, as well as current or retired professionals who will find so much detail, emotion, and experience that they can relate to. As the author herself suggests, although the stories are (obviously) about ballet, anyone who is passionate about something in particular will be able to see themselves in her writing. Larsen is an excellent storyteller - in fact, you may have already read her in Pointe or Dance Teacher, publications for which she is a contributor. Here's the link to read more about Gavin, an interview with her, and links to purchase her book should you feel inspired to do so
  5. Has anyone watched Jewels yet? All around I enjoyed the production, but was not a fan of Froustey's interpretation in Rubies. Here's my review - would love to hear what others thought.
  6. One of our contributors found the triple bill to be "nostalgic, sublime, and flirtatious"(here's her review). I'm looking forward to watching it this weekend.
  7. Writing these reviews gives me a chance to actively reflect on the art I have just seen and often brings to my attention just how much a piece has impacted me. It felt especially the case with this program.
  8. Here's my review of a wonderful program with variations from the most well-known to the more obscure of classical ballets.
  9. I may watch Bernstein again as I seem to be one of only a few who was not wowed by it; perhaps I will get something different out of it next time!
  10. Aside from Skylar Brandt's performances, I was not as wowed as I was hoping to be by this performance. I was especially unenthused about the premiere of Bernstein in a Bubble...Here's my review; has anyone else watched this yet?
  11. Wonderful and you're welcome! Did you read or listen to it? Willie's voice is amazing!
  12. An inspirational essay for young students and professionals alike regarding what it means to take risks as a dancer.
  13. Over four years ago, Pennsylvania Ballet started a pilot program – Dance for All – with the mission to create an environment where dance is available and accessible to any person who wants to learn and enjoy the benefits of our beloved art form. I had an opportunity to interview Valerie Amiss, a most passionate person who is spearheading the program, to learn more about these important efforts.
  14. This year's Signature Series featuring works by Andrew McNicol, Yury Yanowsky, and Jennifer Archibald so wholly exemplifies the company's continued excellence. Here's my review of last night's live stream; a rebroadcast will be aired on March 14th. I highly recommend it!
  15. This program of The Sleeping Beauty prologue and Abrazo, a premiere by Nayon Iovino, got me wondering if, at a time when dancers' faces must be partially covered, choosing repertory that leans more toward control than abandon is such a prudent choice. More thoughts here in my review.
  16. It's so curious that this came out today, as I just yesterday brought back to The Ballet Herald homepage focus on the original article that started this thread. Like Lauren Lovette, I retired considerably young (at 27) and mostly because I was tired of my life being controlled by the many gatekeepers we dancers encounter during the length of our career.
  17. Will you be able to see them? If so, lucky you! MCB also had a program of outdoor performances and Orlando Ballet seems to still be going strong in the theatre. Amazing.
  18. Last night I watched and reviewed the company's fifth program, which I think is wonderfully curated. Each time I see Sarasota Ballet, I am more impressed; I really hope that their digital presence this year brings them more global recognition.
  19. This program features three Jorma Elo pieces filmed this month - including a world premiere - as well as eight archival recordings that should take Boston Ballet fans on a trip down memory lane Here's The Ballet Herald review.
  20. Are we witnessing a new creative dawn for dance on film or the desperation of a ballet world in quarantine? Here's the editorial I just published on The Ballet Herald.
  21. I just watched - for the first time - and reviewed Roméo et Juliette. I think it's absolutely stunning and think it's worth treating yourself to this weekend
  22. I had an opportunity to get inside the head of Tulsa Ballet's Artistic Director Marcello Angelini to find out what it's like having to balance economics and sensitivity in order to keep his company alive and strong, especially during these challenging times. I hope you enjoy my interview with Marcello - his insight is priceless! (@Jan McNulty, thinking of you especially as I know you like to hear about what is happening with him and TB )
  23. I love hearing about ballerinas who also want to be scientists As what happened when I interviewed Jordan-Elizabeth Long, only a couple of questions led to an essay-length response. Hope you enjoy reading Eastlyn's as much as I did!
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