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"The Red Dress" Brings the Dance Artistry of China to the Koch

For the third year, China Arts and Entertainment Group is treating NYC dancegoers to an all-too-limited engagement of a lavish and exquisitely performed dance theater piece at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Opening night of "The Red Dress" on Thursday March 6th 2014 will be followed by performances on the evenings of March 7th and 8th and a matinée on March 9th. Don't miss this chance to see superbly trained dancers, gorgeous costumes, immaculate ensemble work,…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 7, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

New York City Ballet Offers a Music Lesson Along With Four Ballets Set to Scores by French Composers

As a welcome surprise during the New York City Ballet matinée on Saturday, March 1st 2014 at the Koch Theater, the recently renovated orchestra pit rose so that Interim Music Director Andrews Sills could give us an interesting history lesson with the musicians in full view. Under the direction of Guest Conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen, they played passages from Debussy’s “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun” and from works by Saint-Saëns, Wagner, and Chopin while Sills explained that Debussy…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Fans of New York City Ballet “See the Music” of Three 20th Century Violin Concertos

Balanchine once said, “See the music, hear the dance”. The audience at the Koch Theater on the afternoon of February 22nd 2014 had the opportunity to do exactly that when the works of three very different choreographers brought treasured violin concertos to life. Kudos to Concertmasters Arturo Delmoni…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 24, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

New York City Ballet Treats NYC to “Coppelia” After a 5-Year Hiatus

During February 2014, the third snowiest on record in NYC, winter weary dancegoers are welcoming the mood-boosting comedy and charm of the New York City Ballet’s version of “Coppelia”. Staged by Balanchine with the legendary Alexandra Danilova in 1974, the production has musical passages for added male variations from “La Source” and “Sylvia” interpolated into Delibes’…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 17, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

Ethan Stiefel Brings Royal New Zealand Ballet to NYC

On February 12th 2014 at the Joyce Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet under the artistic direction of iconic ballet star Ethan Stiefel opened a five-day run that marks the conclusion of the troupe’s first U.S. tour in 21 years. Dancegoers in four cities -- Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, and New York –- have had the chance to see the admirable results of Stiefel’s vision and hard work with 61-year-old company since he took the helm in September of 2011 at…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New York City Ballet Delivers Two Hits and a Miss in a Triple Bill

With Fashion Week 2014 under way in the tents at Lincoln Center from February 6th to 13th, New York City Ballet dusted off Peter Martins’ 2012 tribute to iconic designer Valentino for the evening performance at Koch Theater on Saturday, February 8th. A description of “Bal de Couture” on the company’s web site enthused that we would feel…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Pony’s Debut and Two Little Prodigies Steal the Show at New York City Ballet

I promise I’m going to give you a complete and serious review of the New York City Ballet’s performance at the Koch Theatre on Saturday, February 1st 2014. However, I can’t resist starting with the two most endearing and unforgettable moments of the evening. First, a pair of prodigiously talented little girls danced with astonishing precision and panache as the Pearly Princesses in Balanchine’s “Union Jack”. Kudos to Natalie Glassie and Phoebe Golfinos who are…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 9, 2014 at 10:42am — No Comments

New York City Ballet’s 4th Annual “Saturday at the Ballet with George” Celebration of Mr. B’s Birthday

Nearly 31 years have passed since George Balanchine, the prolific and pioneering 20th century choreographer, died on April 30th 1983. Yet the New York City Ballet, the company he co-founded with Lincoln Kirstein 80 years ago, continues to revere and remember him with equal parts fondness and awe. That legacy of love and respect for Mr. B was especially evident on January 25th 2014, the 4th annual celebration of “Saturday at the…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on January 29, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Convert Your Leotard - Handy Upcycle Project

What to do when it's 4 degrees out and you have only a pile of camisole leotards?  Convert a camisole leotard into a long sleeve leo by upcycling a sweater that has a pull or run in it.

1.  FInd a sweater you are no longer using as a sweater due to a pull or run in the body (or other reason, like lots of holiday designs on the front).

2.  Carfully remove the sleeve along the seam line at the shoulder.  This works best with a sweater that has normal inset sleeves (the sleeve…

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Added by abc for dance on January 7, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Shoe Deodorizers - Craft Project

A simple craft that will help absorb odors and moisture from your shoes while helping the shoes to retain their shape.  Please note that a mesh fabric was used for demonstration purposes only.  To avoid dust in your shoes, use a slightly tighter weave fabric - muslin would be a good choice.

 

1.  Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as wide as the inside of your shoe and twice as long as the area you want to cover.  To be effective you want to cover at least the front half of the…

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Added by abc for dance on January 5, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Hip Helpers - A Quick Conditioning Series



The ability to move your thigh freely in your hip socket is crucial for all style of dance.   To be able to do this without pain,…

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Added by abc for dance on December 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Wall Barre Alignment Strengthener

Use your break between classes to improve your alignment and strength with this short workout -

 

Lay on your side with your bottom and shoulders against a wall.  Most people will not have their back all of the way against the wall.  Bend your bottom elbow and allow your head to rest on your arm to help…

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Added by abc for dance on December 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Snowflake Ballet - Craft Project

A fun and easy craft for any dancer old enough to use scissors.

You will need 1 paper ballerina for each project.  Here is a link to the drawing that I used for my ballerina base arabesque.docx

An additional sheet of paper and a pair of scissors is also needed to complete the project.

1.  If using the…

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Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Easy Bun Cover - Craft Project

You will need an 8 inch piece of fabric - sheer works well, a fabric marker or pen, scissors, a 2.25 inch metal barrette, hair elastic, needle and thread, a 7 - 7.5 inch circle to use as a pattern and optional items to decorate the finished bun cover.

1. Trace around your circular object to draw the shape on the wrong…

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Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 12:12am — No Comments

Matthew Bourne Turns “Sleeping Beauty” into a Spellbinding Gothic Romance

With "Sleeping Beauty", the third ballet in Matthew Bourne's Tchaikovsky trilogy that includes "Nutcracker!" and "Swan Lake", the award-winning British choreographer has once again proved himself to be not only a gifted dancemaker but a masterful storyteller. The production, correctly billed as "A Gothic Romance", is playing at New York's…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wheeldon’s “Cinderella” Meanders and Misses the Mark

 As I mentioned last week in my largely favorable review of one of the San Francisco Ballet’s mixed bills at the Koch Theatre in NYC, the company under the direction of Helgi Tómmasen is first rate. Yet the excellent dancing in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Cinderella”, which I saw on Friday evening, couldn’t save the production from being overwrought and hard to follow. The opening scenes, with the child Cinderella suffering the untimely death of her mother and the teenage…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

San Francisco Ballet Treats NYC Audiences to Two Weeks of East Coast Premieres

I still remember how surprised I was as a young dancer to learn that the first professional ballet company in the United States, the San Francisco Ballet, was not established until 1933. Given the fact that the Paris Opera Ballet was founded almost three centuries earlier in 1673, I realized that dance in America is very young indeed. Yet I am happy to report that on the evening of October 18th 2013 at the Koch Theater…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 22, 2013 at 12:03pm — No Comments

New York City Ballet Offers Faithful and Flawless Renditions of Some of Mr. B’s Greatest Hits

I have always told my ballet students that because the art form is kept alive by each new generation of dancers, we must be as proficient in historical styles as we are in contemporary techniques. The important works of the past cannot be hung on museum walls the way the paintings of the masters are. Instead, we have to recreate what came before us or else the ballets will be lost. Years ago when I made that speech, I was referring to the centuries-old ballet classics. Yet…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 22, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

David Howard Tribute Celebrates the Life of the Great Master Ballet Teacher

On the evening of Sunday, October 13th, an invitation-only crowd filed into Studio II at Steps on Broadway in NYC to share fond memories of David Howard, the beloved ballet teacher who once said that he arrived in New York “as a upstart and became part of the American Dream.”

 

David’s death at the age of 76 on August 11th left his followers stunned and saddened. They welcomed the opportunity to gather…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 22, 2013 at 11:59am — No Comments

Tribute to Ron Field

Dancer's Over 40 presented their tribute to choreographer / director Ron Field this evening at the St. Luke's Theatre in NYC.  It was an incredible slice of dance and theatre history that left me sad for a generation of dancers who probably aren't aware of the amazing body of work created by Mr. Field and the dancers who brought his visions to life.

As a dancer, Ron Field appeared in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Kismet and The Boy Friend.  Switching over to choreography his debut was…

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Added by abc for dance on October 22, 2013 at 12:35am — No Comments

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