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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, popping or crunchy sounds is even better.  This quick series of exercises targets the muscles all around the hip socket to help keep…

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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 create proper neck alignment.  Take your bottom leg…

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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 file above, print the page (please note the file is in…

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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 side of your fabric (I used a small plate for my…

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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

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

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Added by William Hotaling on October 2, 2013 at 3:18pm — 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

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America

“The Colors of Latin America: Preserving Traditional Arts & Heritage in a Multicultural World”

(Berlin; August 14th - 16th, 2013)

 

 

The countries of Latin America play host to a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The Iberian colonization of large parts of the South American continent in the 16th century led to the introduction of French, Spanish, and Portuguese culture in…

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Added by Mark Donfried on June 13, 2013 at 3:13am — No Comments

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the UK

“Cultural Diplomacy throughout the Commonwealth on Nations: International Cooperation across Six Continents”

(London; July 10th - 12th, 2013

 

While citizens of the UK benefit from a relatively good economic and human rights situation, there is still some room for improvement in many of its former colonies within the Commonwealth of Nations. In an attempt to improve the sociopolitical and economic situations in a number…

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Added by Mark Donfried on June 13, 2013 at 3:12am — No Comments

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU

“Sustainable Economic Growth, Further Integration and Common Identity: Moving towards a European Consensus”

(Brussels; July 3rd - 5th, 2013)

 

Since its foundation the EU has undergone multiple transformations in the socio-cultural, political, and economic spheres. Today, the European Union consists of 27 member states, all of which work closely together to develop policies to facilitate common interests such as the free…

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Added by Mark Donfried on June 13, 2013 at 3:11am — No Comments

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