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Like an actor’s monologue, a ballerina’s solo must achieve the difficult balance between drama and ostentation, controlled technique and theatrical abandon. In the ballet rendition of Rossini’s play, Guillaume Tell, Alessandra Ferri dances the character of Mathilde, an Austrian damsel whose love for a Swiss man is reminiscent of the forbidden love in Romeo and Juliet.

The 2015/2016 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season looks as promising as ever. This year, the lineup includes crowd pleasers Giselle and Jewels, along with Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew (which was created for the Bolshoi) and The Lady of the Camellias (which only recently entered the company's rep).

 

The performances will be screened on Sundays, between October and January, and you can find location information here.

 

Up until now, those of us in the U.S. were expecting to hear about Sylvie Guillem's international retirement tour from afar. But yesterday brought some exciting news: Guillem has added one stop in New York. Her program, Life in Progress, will run November 12–14 at New York City Center. It will be a final chance for U.S.

It's heartbreaking when a great ballerina retires and only a lucky few thousand people can see her final performance. Not so, with Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Carla Körbes. Her final performance with PNB will be live-streamed through PNB.org/Live on Sunday, June 7 at 6:30pm PST. 

 

Today, two of American Ballet Theatre’s longtime stars, Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes, retire from the company in—what is sure to be emotionally charged—back-to-back performances of Giselle. Herrera, who has danced with ABT for 24 years, will say good-bye during this afternoon’s matinee, while Reyes will give her final performance tonight. The departure of both dancers marks an end of an era, and a sign of change for ABT’s future. In two seperate interviews, both dancers offered reflections on their careers, retirements and future plans.

 

As a dancer, you know how important it is to keep your energy up throughout the day, especially so it doesn't wane during long afternoon rehearsals. But which dance bag snacks are most helpful? A recent study by researchers from the University of MissouriColumbia found that choosing high-protein snacks in the afternoon can have a host of benefits that go beyond the short-term. 

Another regional company is weathering financial instability. Sacramento Ballet announced on Tuesday that it was laying off all of its dancers for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season due to a budget shortfall. After Ballet San Jose's near miss earlier this year, the news is an especially disheartening look at the reality of arts funding in the U.S.

It's easy to convince ourselves that there's no free time in our schedules for an extra cross-training session or catch-up dinner with an old friend, especially as spring performances and school deadlines approach. And sometimes that's true—but recent studies published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that we often have more time than we think.