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Students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in Garden of Dreams.© Teresa Wood. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Opening Night Celebration 2017 – Washington

★★★★✰   Ballet Across America – a festival that showcases the stylistic, creative and geographical diversity of American ballet – returned to the Kennedy Center this month…

Atlanta Ballet in 2014 feted its artistic director emeritus with a gala ball. Kelsey Ebersold, an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet at the time, is pictured along with Robert Barnett in costume for Barnett's Fascinatin' Rhythm.© Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Robert Barnett, former New York City Ballet dancer and longtime Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet

Robert Barnett joined New York City Ballet in 1949. In those early years he worked closely with Balanchine and Robbins particularly before going on to direct Atlanta Ballet. Now 91 he is still actively involved in dance and passing on all he knows…

Alessandra Ferri in Romeo and Juliet.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet with Alessandra Ferri – New York

★★★★✰   One can only imagine the satisfaction of dancing such a role at the age of 53, to a full house, among friends. The ovations were rapturous and went on for a long time.

Oksana Maslova and James Ihde in Trey McIntyre's The Accidental.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Pennsylvania Ballet – Keep, The Accidental, Grace Action – New York

★★★✰✰   Corella’s current crop of dancers are strong and adaptable, and he seems to favor shorter dancers with very clean footwork and strong technique…

New York City Ballet in Peter Martins’ staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – Washington

★★★✰✰ In his staging of La Sylphide, Martins not only removes the intermission, thus shortening the performance time, he also accelerates the pace of the events. It feels as if the story rushes at you with…

New York City Ballet in the Scottish Reel section of La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★✰✰ The Bournonville footwork and even the mime are there, but there’s little sense of joy or pathos of any kind.

Ballet X in Sunset, o639 Hours.© Alexander Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

BalletX – Sunset, o639 Hours – New York

A diverse company tells this story, thankfully. The women in particular are diverse in their movement quality, and Felesina is a standout among them.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – New York

At first glance, it’s hard to think of two choreographers more unalike than August Bournonville and Balanchine…

Ethan Stiefel.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Ethan Stiefel – Freelance director, choreographer…

Following 3 years directing Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ethan Stiefel is now back in New York – which is where Marina Harss caught up with him…

Laura Mead and Kirk Henning of Jessica Lang Dance performing Scape with the National Symphony Orchestra.© Kyle Manfredi. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Program 3, National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance season – Washington

JLD is a relatively young troupe, but it consists of nine experienced and established dancers, some of them well-known and admired in Washington. Take for example, Clifton Brown…

Michaela DePrince.© Jade Young.

Michaela DePrince – Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet

An interview with Michaela DePrince ex Dance Theatre of Harlem and now with the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. Marina Harss talks to her about life and motivations and, inevitably, about DePrince often being a different colour to most other dancers on ballet stages and the issues around that…

Sarasota Ballet's Jamie Carter and Christine Peixoto in Les Patineurs.© Linda Spillers. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Sarasota, Washington and Pennsylvania Ballet – Washington

I am happy to report that the biggest discovery of the second program was The Sarasota Ballet, a company founded in 1991 and currently directed by former Royal Ballet dancer Iain Webb…

Oregon Ballet Theatre's Damian Drake, Paul DeStrooper and Alison Roper in Almost Mozart.© Blaine Truitt Covert. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Richmond Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet – Washington

It’s a celebration of American ballet from coast to coast and a vivid snapshot of its diversity of style and repertory.

Riolama Lorenzo ('Rio') in Matthew Neenan’s Keep. © Alexander Iziliaev.

Pennsylvania Ballet – Pushing Boundaries bill, Riolama Lorenzo’s final performances – Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s dance community and a legion of dance fans have been filling the Merriam Theater this week to catch the final performances of Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Riolama Lorenzo. Pushing Boundaries is great programming to mark the occasion and to show the future of this company, going into its 50th season next year. Rio, as she is affectionately known, started out as a member of NYCB, but chose to move to Pennsylvania Ballet. Her final bows came on February 12.

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