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Hannah Fischer and Carlo Di Lanno

From left: Yury Yanowsky, Hannah Fischer and Carlo Di Lanno. Photo by Bruce Zinger, Courtesy NBOC

 

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet members with Mahlia and Samantha Venegas. Photo by Kara Przybyl


It’s no secret that as mainstream newspapers have folded or cut costs in recent years, dance criticism has taken a major hit. And while some dancers may have adverse feelings towards critics (especially if they’ve been on the receiving end of a bad review), criticism is nonetheless a vital facet of arts coverage, one that sparks debate and conversation about a performance and draws interest to the company in question.

This June, The Royal Ballet is making a long-awaited tour to Washington, DC, Chicago and New York City. But on February 17, ballet lovers across the U.S. can see the company in movie theaters for a one-night-only screening of Christopher Wheeldon’s A Winter’s Tale, which premiered last year.

If you wear pointe shoes, you know how integral it is to have the perfect fit. If not, they can quickly turn into instruments of torture. But let’s face it—finding the right shoe can be a bit of a mystery. That’s why The School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in New York City, is hosting a Pointe Shoe Workshop and Fair as part of its Complete Dancer Series this Sunday. Join me and a panel of experts—including podiatrist Dr.

Florida Youth Dance Gala

Students from The Art of Classical Ballet school in last year's gala.

Photo by Neil-Cohen Photography

 

This summer, Open World Dance Foundation—an organization that provides unique programs and events to preserve the history and philosophy of Russian ballet training—is hosting a three-week summer intensive and teacher-training seminar in New York City.

When I was a young ballet student, I remember writing out a lengthy list of New Year’s Resolutions on a small piece of paper and taping it to the headboard of my bed. It included things like “stretch every day,” “180 degree penché,” "get foot to ear in grand battement," “high arabesque,” and “triple pirouettes.” Each morning when I woke up, my list stared back at me, giving me a boost of motivation.

Kanses City Ballet's Tempe Ostegren

Kansas City Ballet's Tempe Ostergren, Photo by Kenny Johnson