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When a ballet dancer hears Cesare Pugni’s familiar score, and sees a dancer holding a tambourine, she knows the imperishable variation from La Esmeralda will follow. One of the most recognizable pieces of choreography, it is often taught and performed to showcase a dancer's strength and technical ability. Esmeralda is one of a handful of ballet heroines to triumph at the end of her story—so pride and power are critical.

The New York Theatre Ballet has found a new home at St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery. The company, which has received much recognition from The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay, is known for its unique programming and affordable ticket prices, and for staging ballets on a chamber scale.

 

Last September, the company was told to leave its home of thirty-four years, at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church on East 31st Street, because the building had been sold to developers.

 

Despite every ballet dancer’s perfectionist tendencies, there is no such thing as “perfect technique”. But in his audition tape for the Paris Opéra Ballet School, David Hallberg proves that it just may exist—and he’s only sixteen years old. In this video you will be awestruck within the first few seconds as his turnout and tendus take your breath away. Keep watching until the end, and you’ll see the same diligence and control progress from adagio to grand allegro. It’s clear that at sixteen he was serious about his career, and the efforts have paid off.

Many summer dance festivals feature ballet companies, and many more take place in beautiful outdoor settings. However, few can boast as outstanding a combination as the Chicago Dancing Festival. Not only does this year’s edition feature Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet, the Joffery Ballet and the Washington Ballet, and not only does much of the festival take place in the majestic Pritzker Pavilion, but the entire festival is free!

As if Daniel Ulbricht didn’t already have enough on his plate. In addition to dazzling audiences at New York City Ballet and serving as artistic advisor for Manhattan Youth Ballet, he’s co-producing Dance Against Cancer: An Evening to Benefit the American Cancer Society.

We've been hearing the hype for months now: Starz network will air a new ballet drama "Flesh and Bone" sometime in 2015. While I'm estatic that dance is coming back to television after the fall of "Bunheads" and "Breaking Pointe," I must admit that it's hard to see some of our favorite dance stars leave their posts for the gig: Ethan Stiefel will not return next year as the championed artistic director of Royal New Zealand Ballet and beloved American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky will give his farewell performance on July 3.