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Youth America Grand Prix 2012

For three evenings in a row – April 26th, 27th, and 28th 2012 – the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in NYC was the venue for performances that concluded this year's Youth America Grand Prix. Launched in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP has mushroomed into the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, awarding over $250,000 annually in tuition to the leading dance schools on the…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce in NYC

Three years have elapsed since Ballet Hispanico founder Tina Ramirez retired and handed the director's mantle to Eduardo Vilaro.  During this spring's New York season at the Joyce, evidence of his personal stamp on the company's repertoire and overall mission was evident. A product of Alvin Ailey training, the former director of Chicago's Luna Negra Dance Theater has a decidedly contemporary bent to his artistic choices. The Hispanic music and ethos are still evident, but the works – at…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 24, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Martha Graham Gala with Diana Vishneva

The A-list of New York City's dance community came out in full force, not to mention glam attire, for the 2012 Martha Graham Gala at City Center on the evening of March 14th.  Guest artist Diana Vishneva was the big name draw, but the rest of the dancers more than held their own during the brief but dazzling mixed bill that featured some of Graham's greatest works. What a joy to see this company, a true artistic treasure, looking so polished and exuberant after being saved not…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 15, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Peony Pavilion: A Treasure from China at Lincoln Center

Gia Kourlas, a dance critic for "The New York Times," wrote a decidedly tepid review of a recent performance of "The Peony Pavilion" by the China Jing Ling Dance Company at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. She did manage some faint praise for what she flippantly called the "trippy" lighting and the costumes that created a "psychedelic universe," which she described this way: "Even when it's tacky, it's incredible." Yet she was not impressed enough with the dancing to say much…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on January 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

"The Nutcracker" From the Other Side of the Footlights

Dear Dancers,

This post originally appeared on The readers at that site are largely uninitiated when it comes to the dance world, but I thought you insiders here at would enjoy my ballerina's eye view of the holiday ballet we all love and know so well. Feel free to add some "Nutcracker" memories of your own in the comment section!

Warmest holiday wishes,



"The Nutcracker" season is in full…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on December 19, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments

The NYC Mayor's Awards for Arts & Culture 2011

Among the awardees at the 35th annual Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture at Lincoln Center's recently refurbished Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, November 2nd 2011 was dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was cited for creating the Baryshnikov Arts Center in a once-decaying section of NYC's Hell's Kitchen. The evening's highest honor, the Handel Medallion, went to Broadway lion Steven Sondheim who looked and sounded far younger than his 81 years as he quipped that of all…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on November 2, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

"A Halloween Thriller," CTFD Gala at City Center in NYC

On Monday evening, I joined a bevy of NYC's dance elite and fans for "A Halloween Thriller," the 26th annual benefit for Career Transitions for Dancers at the newly refurbished City Center. The audience, following the suggested dress code on the invitations, showed up in gala attire and elegant costumes. I opted for retired ballerina glam with a black sequined jacket, a long black velvet skirt, lots of sparkly bling, my hair in a sleek bun, and stage make-up. My date donned a…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on November 1, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Music Moves Me: An Ode to NYC's Ballet Class Accompanists, Redux


Back in December of 2008 during my brief departure from to the now-defunct, I wrote about seven of the amazing ballet accompanists who play for some of the classes I take in New York City. The response to the post was so positive that I've decided to bring it back and add four artists to my original roster of those who know exactly how to inspire dancers. Many of the top-flight musicians on my list play from memory or improvise on the spot, feats that continue…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on July 13, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

The Royal Danish Ballet's Engagement at Lincoln Center

The evening of June 14th 2011 was unseasonably wet and chilly in New York City but the ebullient goings-on inside the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center chased away the gloom for the appreciative balletomanes in the audience. The occasion was the opening night of the Tuesday to Sunday run of mixed bills by the Royal Danish Ballet in its first New York appearance since 1998. Nikolaj Hübbe, a long-time and well-loved New York City Ballet principal dancer, has been Artistic…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ballet Ambassadors in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News!

The tenth annual Ballet Ambassadors "Nutcracker" season is underway in schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, South Huntington LI, Bay Shore LI, and Brentwood LI. On Thursday, December 9th, media attended our performance at the Haven Academy Charter School in…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on December 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The New York Dance Scene is Back Home on!

As I did from 1997 to 2008 when I migrated briefly to, I'll be bringing…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on December 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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