Pointe invited James Fayette to write about the current lockout situation at the Joffrey Ballet from the perspective of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union that represents dancers’ employment. As a former New York City Ballet principal and with almost six years' experience negotiating and enforcing contracts as a dance executive at AGMA, he has a unique perspective on the dance world.
The hugely popular Chicago Dancing Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year with five days of free dance events, starting on August 23. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet West and The Joffrey are all scheduled to perform at a variety of venues around the city. The Chicago Cultural Center will even screen The Red Shoes. Tickets will become available on July 19. Get 'em quick before they're all gone—past years' events have "sold out" within hours!
New York City's Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is arguably the edgiest, coolest ballet company in the country. But what's more impressive is how they accomplish this without alienating mainstream audiences. In fact, they've been able to reach potential dance fans that most companies only dream of: This spring, they danced alongside Emily Blunt on the big screen in The Adjustment Bureau. And on Thursday, they'll be streamed into your living room as guest artists on So You Think You Can Dance.
Last night I attended Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance's Summer Soiree, the second event of its 2011 Salon Series.It was truly an evening of artistic innovation and collaboration, complete with live music, visual art—and of course, dancing.
This summer, a handful of students attending summer intensives around the country will be sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, Andrea Thompson recounts her first few days at San Francisco Dance Conservatory.
"There will be an orientation meeting at 8:15am on the first day." After that…show up for class at 9, leave at 6. That's all we need to know as far as the schedule.
If Step Up can do it, why not Giselle? On July 12, you'll be able to watch ballet dancers sauté off the screen in 3D for the first time in history! Movie theaters nationwide will present the Kirov Ballet's Giselle at 12 pm and 7:30 pm (local time). Bolshoi Ballet star Natalie Osipova and Kirov phenom Leonid Sarafanov perform the leads in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. For a list of participating theaters in your area, check out fathomevents.com.
For everyone getting ready to head off to summer intensives, here's another thing to add to your packing list: some good books! Reading can be a great way to give your exhausted body a much-needed rest. Books in print, e-reader editions, books online, whatever floats your boat, check out some of the great works out there about dance.
The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp
Registration is now open for the 40th Prix de Lausanne. The prestigious Swiss competition has launched many a dance career, and awarded hundreds of scholarships to top schools around the world. One of the coolest things about this particular competition? It always reserves a certain number of spots for students from small studios in order to even out the playing field so that the finals don't solely consist of dancers who come from big-name schools. I love that!