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Many of you may remember last summer’s “Strictly Ballet,” Teen Vogue’s reality web series that took viewers inside the high-pressure lives of six students at the School of American Ballet. And you may especially remember those nerve-racking class scenes with Peter Martins, ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, as he assesses SAB’s highest level students for possible company apprenticeships.

This weekend the ballet world lost a legend. Maya Plisetskaya, a star of the Bolshoi Ballet who danced ambitiously into her 60s, died of a heart attack at age 89 on Saturday.

It’s no surprise that in romantic ballets, love presides over each characters’ motivation. But not every story concludes with a joyous marriage. Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, set in India, reveals the possible complexities once jealousy and betrayal destroy true love. This clip features Gamzatti’s variation from Act III, right before the gods take vengeance on those who have selfishly obtained romance. Former Royal Ballet principal dancer Darcey Bussell captures Gamzatti's character with calm sincerity, foreshadowing her solemn death.

If you are eagerly awaiting the November 8 premiere of Starz’s gritty ballet drama “Flesh and Bone,” you’re in luck. The network released its first trailer of the eight-hour limited series yesterday—and it looks pretty tantalizing.

In an effort to support female ballet choreographers, NYU's recently formed Center for Ballet and the Arts will now offer the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers—a 35,000 stipend, office and studio space, and access to housing in NYC. The fellowship will be awarded to three choreographers and for a three-year period. 

Exciting news for emerging choreographers and Trey McIntyre fans.

Calling all high school-aged dancers! On Tuesday, the National YoungArts Foundation announced that the application to become a 2016 YoungArts Winner is now open. Since 1981, the nonprofit has nurtured and supported promising young talent in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.

 

The Boston dance community is coming together on April 25 to remember the life and legacy of Samuel Kurkjian at the Walnut Hill School of the Arts’ Keiter Center in Natick, MA. Kurkjian, who died in 2013, joined the Boston Ballet in 1968 as a principal dancer and ballet master, eventually becoming the company’s first resident choreographer. He later joined the staff of Walnut Hill, where he was a beloved member of the faculty for 35 years.