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Roberto Bolle's gala "Roberto Bolle and Friends" had its annual performance today, in Verona, Italy. The performance featured an outstanding cast of dancers, including American Ballet Theatre's Hee Seo, Cory Stearns, Daniil Simkin and Julie Kent, Boston Ballet principal Eris Nezha, Stuttgart Ballet principals Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly, and ABT corps member, Skylar Brandt.

 

Leave it to Nigel to utilize all available outlets in his quest to bring dance to a wider audience. His latest project is Dance School Diaries, a web-based reality series that follows four Southern California dancers as they prepare for Youth America Grand Prix. 

The show will air each Friday, and there will be 14 episodes from July 18 to mid-September. The producers are also planning to release additional content throughout the show’s run. 

Though she is winding down her career performing with New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan isn't retiring from the ballet world. This fall, she will join the faculty at Ballet Academy East, and will continue to share her vast experience with the students in the school's Pre-Professional Division. BAE—under the directorship of Julia Dubno and Darla Hoover—is already home to notable faculty, including former American Ballet Theatre principal Maxim Beloserkovsky.

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend than by revisiting classic ballets that have acted as pillars of American dance? The wider dance world beautifully represents the diversity and complexity of what it means to be American. Unfortunately, ballet's contributions to national identity have historically been pretty narrow, reflecting youth and energy, and not much else.

Who would have thought that the English National Ballet would be popular with an early-morning music festival crowd? In past years Glastonbury—a major music festival in England—has experiemented with several different kinds of performances for its Sunday morning slot. This year, the English National Ballet took the stage to perform Akram Khan's Dust, a ballet about women during World War I.

Perhaps you remember Pennsylvania Ballet's Alexander Peters from his Pointe magazine profile in our April/May 2013 issue. Or maybe you know him as one of your favorite corps de ballet dancers—and one of our readers' choice nominees for corps members who deserve to be promoted right away.

Smuin Ballet reached its 20th Anniversary this season. True to form, the company wrapped up its birthday with an eccentric program featuring Dancin' With Gershwin, a Michael Smuin work, the world premiere of resident choreographer Amy Seiwert's But now I must rest and the world premeire of Val Caniparoli's Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino.

 

Six dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba recently arrived in Miami after defecting while their company was on tour in Puerto Rico. The dancers have been taken under the wing of Pedro Pablo Peña, the director of Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. Peña is Cuban and has long supported defecting ballet dancers by featuring them in his company and helping them find work in the United States.

This week, The Australian Ballet's Kevin Jackson will make his debut with American Ballet Theatre, dancing the familiar role of Des Grieux in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon. Mr. Jackson's performance marks only the second time that a dancer from The Australian Ballet has guested with American Ballet Theatre. With his ABT debut around the corner (you can catch him on June 4th and June 6th), Mr. Jackson spoke to Pointe about interpreting the role of Des Grieux, partnering Xiomara Reyes, and the modern significance of the story ballet.