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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

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

The Bessies at the Apollo Theater

New York City’s dance luminaries, rising stars, and fans were out in full force at the fabled Apollo Theater in Harlem on the evening of Monday, October 7th 2013 to attend the 29th annual Bessies Awards. The ceremony, named for contemporary dance legend Bessie Schonberg and produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, recognizes established as well as upcoming artists who have made outstanding contributions to the many disciplines of the liveliest art in…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 8, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments

YAGP Gala 2013: "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow"

Dear Dancers,

 

Here's my seriously belated review of the Youth America Grand Prix Gala that took place on April 18th 2013 at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, NYC. My excuse for the delay is that I was busy with a new production of "Sleeping Beauty" for Ballet Ambassadors, but there's still plenty of time for you to think about trekking to NYC next spring to catch the 2014 Gala.

 

Now for the surprise: After my less than laudatory review of…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Savion Glover, Tapper Extraordinaire, at the Joyce NYC Through July 6th 2013

Dear Dancers,

 

If you'll be in New York City any time from now until July 6th 2013, don't miss the chance to see Savion Glover's one-of-a-kind evening of tap, "STePZ", at the Joyce Theater on 8th Avenue at 19th Street. As most of you know, he's the Tap Dance Kid all grown up, the boy wonder who dazzled on Broadway at the age of 12 and went on to become what the late tap legend Gregory Hines called "possibly…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 22, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

"Newsday" Article on Ballet Ambassadors

Long Island's "Newsday" has published an article on Ballet Ambassadors, the "encore career" for which I was named a Purpose Prize Fellow. Here's the link to the story online. The piece will be in the hard copy of the paper tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th 2013.…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 8, 2013 at 4:42pm — No Comments

The Dance Drama "Silk Road" at Lincoln Center, February 27th to March 2nd 2013

If you're in NYC this weekend, hurry on over to the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center and grab some tickets for the Gansu Dance Theater's lavish and satisfying production of "Silk Road." The limited engagement of the Chinese troupe's dance drama opened Wednesday evening, February 27th and runs through Saturday, Mach 2nd.

As I reported last year when I saw the company's "Peony Pavilion," the performers are well schooled and meticulously rehearsed. They are,…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 28, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Fortieth Anniversary Tour of "Mummenschanz"

The international "Jubilee Tour" celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Mummenschanz", the one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that is the brainchild of Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, is underway. If you live in or near one of the destination cities, don't miss the chance to be transported to a magical alternate universe where fanciful "mime masque" creatures cavort in a production that is perfectly paced and often…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on December 16, 2012 at 11:09am — No Comments

Encore Careers: Purpose and Passion

This post originally appeared on ThirdAge.com

 

Encore.org, the nation’s only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good, announced today the winners of the 2012 Purpose Prize along with a list of the 2012 Purpose Prize Fellows. I'm honored to have been named as one of the Fellows for my work as Founder and Artistic Director of…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on December 5, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments

"Jump for Joy": Career Transitions for Dancers 27th Anniversary Jubilee

What do you get when you combine a worthy cause, a lovingly renovated iconic venue, and a top tier cast of performers ranging from public school students to seasoned professionals? Answer: An evening of dance and related arts that made the whole audience want emulate the title by jumping for joy.

 

Billed as a "Dance Variety Spectacular," the 2012 iteration of the Career Transition for Dancers annual gala at New York's City Center on November 5th was one of the most…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on November 18, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments

"Stars of the 21st Century" at the Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

On the evening of October 18th 2012 at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, "Stars of the 21st Century" offered a one-night-only smorgasbord of international dance that was definitely enjoyable but not as consistently stellar as the name would imply. Produced by the husband and wife team of Solomon Tencer and Nadia Veselova Tencer, the touring gala that plays on stages around the world is celebrating its 20th anniversary season and its 12th…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 21, 2012 at 8:35am — No Comments

Hot Town! Summer in the City: New York Dance Scene Update, June & July 2012

The perennially pulsating dance world of NYC has racked up a plethora of newsworthy items in June and July. Here's a sampling:

 

June 12th: Kevin McKenzie's 20th Anniversary Salute

At the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre presented a one-time-only mixed bill in honor of Kevin McKenzie's 20th anniversary as Artistic Director of "America's National Ballet Company." The celebration began…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on July 22, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Thanks to all who voted!

Ballet Ambassadors was 27 votes shy at the midnight deadline for Mission Small Business but heartfelt thanks to all who voted! On with the dance!

Added by Sondra Forsyth on July 1, 2012 at 8:26am — No Comments

Today is the deadline to vote for Ballet Ambassadors!

We have 12 hours and 7 minutes left to get our final 53 votes in order to qualify for the grant! There will be 12 winners selected from the pool of qualified businesses. To those of you who have helped us get 197 votes so far, my gratitude. I hope we can ratchet up to 250 by the midnight deadline. Visit www.missionsmallbusiness.com, log in via Facebook, search for Ballet Ambassadors, and click…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 30, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

Please vote for Ballet Ambassadors.

Ballet Ambassadors needs 250 votes in order to qualify for a $250k grant from Mission Small Business. Please visit http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com, find us, and click "Support."

If you would like to see what you're voting for, visit http://www.balletambassadors.org.

Thank you from all of us at Ballet Ambassadors and from the children and teens who would benefit greatly from the…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 23, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

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