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High school students and ballet dancers Adam Bernstein and Daniela O’Neil have been named 2015 Presidential Scholars in the Arts—one of the highest honors available to high school students. The third Presidential Scholar in dance is Anagha Prasanna, a classical Indian dancer.

It's no secret that dancers can be perfectionists, and when you're working through the nuances of a demanding new role or juggling an above-average busy schedule, that type of self-discipline and attention to detail has its benefits. 

With a sparkling princess-pink tutu and equally sparkling technique, Élisabeth Platel floats through Aurora’s first act variation in this 1989 clip of Sleeping Beauty. Rudolf Nureyev chose Platel, a celebrated étoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet, for his restaging of Petipa’s quintessential classic. The role of Aurora is one of classical ballet’s most challenging. In the first act variation, the ballerina must evoke the naiveté of adolescence and the royalty befitting a princess.

 

There's a warm and fuzzy feeling when dancers you've been following for years finally make it to the top. Of course, just making it into a company is a remarkable accomplishment and something to be proud of. But if there's one thing successful dancers have in common, it's that they never settle. And the corps is great until you're ready to be a soloist...and so on.

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.