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Quiksilver just released a quirky new series of short films called "The Water Dancer." In each of the three vignettes, brand ambasador and surf champion Stephanie Gilmore meets a professional dancer—site-specific choreographer Noemie LaFrance, break dancer Casandra "Defy" Rivera and New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck. The women share their passions and find similarities between the commitment, energy and grace needed in their respective professions. Each episode offers inspiration and celebrates female strength.

 

Miami City Ballet premiered Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, last weekend. It was Scarlett's first work for an American company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado has been documenting the experience for Pointe. (Read her first entries here and here.)

The Boston International Ballet Competition is back for a second round. Founder Valentina Kozlova just announced the event will be held from June 12 to 17 this year. The former Bolshoi and New York City Ballet principal describes BIBC as less of a competition than a "celebration of young talent." That might sound like overly-idealized marketing speak. But look at the results: A whopping 38 medals and prizes were awarded to the almost 100 dancers who attended last year's innaugural event.

 

Dates: June 12–17

Location: Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater

Pennsylvania Ballet's beautiful Riolama Lorenzo just announced that she'll be ending her performing career next month. It will be a sad loss for the company, and for the ballet world. Lorenzo moves with a natural grace, and has amazing, fluid extensions that seem to reach to eternity. At 5'8", she's also an inspiration for other tall dancers. She started her career at New York City Ballet, where as a young corps member, Lorenzo was a favorite of the legendary Jerome Robbins.

Youth America Grand Prix’s “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala makes its Tampa debut January 22 at the David A. Straz, Jr Center for the Performing Arts. Dancers from New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet will dance alongside top-scoring students from YAGP’s 2012 Tampa semi-finals. One of those “Stars of Today” is Boston Ballet soloist Jeffrey Cirio.

Miami City Ballet will premiere Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, tonight. It's Scarlett's first work for an American company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado has been documenting the rehearsal process for Pointe. (Read her first entry here.)

Miami City Ballet will premiere Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, this Friday. It's Scarlett's first work for an American ballet company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado is documenting the experience for Pointe.

 

The Bolshoi seems hungry for Americans right now. In addition to the company's high profile hiring of ABT principal David Hallberg, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy keeps finding new ways to open its doors to US students.

Yesterday, CBS Sunday Morning News featured David Hallberg, the first American to become a full-time dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. It offered a peek inside Hallberg's journey to Moscow. Along with some current shots of him rehearsing Nutcracker at American Ballet Theatre with Gillian Murphy, the most amazing part of the segment was archival footage of a pre-teen Hallberg.

There are certain choreographers whose movement just feels good on the body; it makes you want to never leave the studio. Lar Lubovitch is one of those choreographers. If you've never learned any of his work, I highly recommend his company's 2012 winter intensive this January.

 

Dates: January 9–14, 2012

Location: The Juilliard School, New York City

Sample Schedule: 9 am body conditioning; 10 am technique; 11:30 am lunch; 12:30 repertory; 2:30 lecture demonstrations

Fee: $350