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It seems the Balanchine–Bournonville connection is alive and strong in the U.S. Not only did the Royal Danish Ballet recently complete a successful tour to NYC, and not only will New York City Ballet—helmed by Dane Peter Martins—present Martins' La Sylphide during its Spring Season, but on February 12 Ballet Arizona will be the first U.S. company to dance Bournonville's Napoli in its entirety.

You're probably not too excited when you look out your studio's window and see dreary, grey weather (especially if you've been affected by this season's blizzards). But it may be a good opportunity to improve your dancing.

Benjamin Millepied announced his first full season of Paris Opéra Ballet programming on Wednesday with a monumental coup: William Forsythe will join the company as associate choreographer. Lately, Forsythe has been largely absent from the classical world—he has directed the Forsythe Company since its foundation in 2005, and has dedicated his choreography to more experiemental contemporary dance. He stepped down from the company's directorship in 2013, and in May 2014, University of Southern California announced that he would join the faculty at the new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

It seems the most natural place for a dancer to perform is within a dream. Once the stage transports you deep into the world of the ballet, the audience experiences a surreal vision. Many ballets incorporate a dream scene, but Petipa’s Raymonda comes from the dreams of any girl who has fallen in love. The entire world slows as Raymonda floats through a heavy sleep, moving as if she imagines each step with closed eyes.

 

If you wear pointe shoes, you know how integral it is to have the perfect fit. If not, they can quickly turn into instruments of torture. But let’s face it—finding the right shoe can be a bit of a mystery. That’s why The School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in New York City, is hosting a Pointe Shoe Workshop and Fair as part of its Complete Dancer Series this Sunday. Join me and a panel of experts—including podiatrist Dr.

Melissa Barak in rehearsalChoreographer Melissa Barak, who launched her dance career with New York City Ballet and then Los Angeles Ballet, fittingly draws much of her inspiration from her dancers. While still performing, she became the youngest choreographer to create a work for NYCB. But in 2013, she launched her own company, Barak Ballet, in L.A.

You've probably heard about the documentary Ballet 422, which is in theaters February 6. The film is directed by Jody Lee Lipes, and chronicles the making of New York City Ballet's 422nd world premiere: Justin Peck's Paz de la Jolla.

DanceMedia is accepting applications through March 1 for summer interns (June-August) to work on Dance MagazinePointe, and Dance Spirit. All internships are unpaid, and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment. We do not accept high school students.

 

Black History Month is right around the corner, and to kick it off, Philadelphia and New York-based company Dance Iquail is holding a free panel discussion on February 2 at 6:30 pm, at NYC's Riverside Theatre.