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The word “character” in ballet can be used to describe a type of dance, such as the folk dances in Swan Lake, or the act of embodying role. At the "American Ballet Theatre: A Cast of Characters" event at the Guggenheim museum, the dancers performed excerpts from a range repertoire that ABT will presenting at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House this coming season, and spoke about their artistic process with panelist John Meehan, a professor of dance at Vassar College and former ABT studio company director.

 

Pennsylvania Ballet presents Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan for the first time this May. PAB soloist Lauren Fadeley, who'll dance the part of Wendy, is guest-blogging the rehearsal process for Pointe. Read her first post here.

 

Dance is literally intoxicating at Ballets With a Twist. The New York City–based dance troupe is known for bringing cocktails to life onstage. Choreographer Marilyn Klaus’ work celebrates popular drinks like the martini, the mai tai and the manhattan—and audience members get one to sip on the spot. It’s a concept that’s sure to draw a younger crowd to the theater. This weekend Ballets With a Twist will premiere “Mint Julep” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

What would it be like to dance with The Joffrey Ballet? Get an inside look with "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance." The first documentary of the legendary company is a treasure trove of archival footage and images. It will have a week-long run at Cinema Village in New York City starting tomorrow, with special guest panelists offering their personal stories about the company. April 27 will feature Francesca Corkle and Denise Jackson, and April 28 will feature Margo Sappington.

Ever wonder how American Ballet Theatre dancers get into character? In the company’s upcoming season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, they'll perform a variety of character roles, from pirates in Le Corsaire to temple dancers in La Bayadère. On April 29 and 30, the Guggenheim museum’s Works & Process program will host  “A Cast of Characters,” which will feature a conversation with ABT's creative team and performances by some of its dancers, including Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, Cory Stearns and Roman Zhurbin.

Who would have guessed a member of The Beatles would be nominated for the Benois de la Danse? Sure enough, Sir Paul McCartney is one of two composers in the running for the prestigious award, which is celebrating it's twentieth anniversary this year. An international jury led by Yuri Grigorovich and John Neumeier will make the final selections, to be revealed at the Bolshoi Theater on May 22. Here are the rest of the nominations:

 

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Always wondered what directors and choreographers look for at an audition? At the "Getting the Job" Artist Talk Series at the School at Steps last Friday, the panelists (Josh Bergasse, Ruthlyn Salomons, Lucille DiCampli and Tiffany Little Canfield) gave the inside scoop on traits employers want to see in dancers:
1. Have a "happy to be here, happy to work attitude": Bring positivity to the audition.

The color orange has a special meaning for Keith Lin, designer of KeithLink leotards. To him it signifies sunshine and the happiness of dancing. For six years, Lin’s colleagues in the dance world urged him to start his own line of leotards, and on April 4, the brand launched its first Spring/Summer collection, Awakening.

National Dance Week starts tomorrow. We’ve been so busy putting the final touches on Pointe’s June/July issue that I almost forgot about it until my home studio, Professional Ballet School in California, posted on Facebook that they’re offering free dance classes. If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend you check one out.

It’s that time of year again: Youth America Grand Prix finals. This weekend, scores of talented young dancers will descend on New York City, hoping to impress, to be seen, to win a medal, a scholarship or maybe even a job. Merde to all of the Pointe readers who will be competing!