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Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Swan Lake.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

This handsomely-crafted and well-danced Swan Lake marked an important milestone for the Washington Ballet and proved a huge achievement for its artistic director Septime Webre.

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Maki Onuki and Corey Landolt in Christopher Wheeldon's in Polyphonia.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Petite Mort, 5 Tangos, Polyphonia – Washington

The Washington Ballet hit all the right marks with its 70th anniversary season opening program at the Sidney Harman Hall in October.

Septime Webre.© Dean Alexander, courtesy The Washington Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Septime Webre – Artistic Director, Washington Ballet

We catch up with Septime Webre, choreographer and artistic director of Washington Ballet. So what makes him get up in the morning? Oksana Khadarina finds out…

Washington Ballet – Tour-de-Force: Balanchine! bill – Washington

The gala formula really worked. An eclectic selection of dances – six duets and three short ballets – offered something for almost every taste…

Morgann Rose in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – British Invasion: A Day in the Life, Rooster, There Where She Loved – Washington

Created for the Geneva Ballet in 1991, Rooster is both an entertaining rock‘n’roll romp and a nostalgic glimpse into the ebullient 1960s.

Maki Onuki and Luis R. Torres in Bird's Nest.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Jazz/Blues Project: Bird’s Nest, PRISM, Blue Until June – Washington

Val Caniparoli’s Bird’s Nest – the first dance of the evening – is a vivid proof that ballet and jazz are meant for each other

Susan Jones.© Sarah Sterner. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

Virginia Johnson.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…

Dance Theatre of Harlem in Return.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – North Carolina, Ballet Austin & DT of Harlem – Washington

As the soundtrack cried “Baby, Baby, Baby,” the impressively talented DToH dancers whipped the audience into a frenzy.

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.

Sona Kharatian and Jared Nelson in Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises.© Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises – Washington

…Webre saves the best for last. …watching the bare-knuckle boxing brawl in the end of the ballet, instigated by the disgruntled Robert Cohn, is worth the price of admission alone.

Sona Kharatian (The Queen of Hearts) in The Washington Ballet's Alice (in Wonderland). © Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Alice (in Wonderland) – Washington

With Alice, Septime Webre has a smash hit on his hands. The new ballet has broken all records for the ticket sales (all performances were sold out far in advance, including the standing tickets); and it is already the Washington Ballet’s most successful production to-date…

Washington Ballet in Push Comes to Shove. © Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Twyla Tharp: All American bill – Washington

With its new program titled Twyla Tharp: All American, the Washington Ballet paid homage to the high priestess of American dance…

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