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A twisted fairy tale ballet. Hamburg Ballet tours to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, March 28–April 2. The company will perform artistic director John Neumeier's The Little Mermaid which, with its dark psychological atmosphere, hews much closer to the Hans Christian Andersen original than the Disney version. Here's San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan in the title role of a 2011 SFB performance:

Star-crossed lovers. Joffrey Ballet brings Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet to Lincoln Center's Koch Theater in New York City from March 29–April 2. In an attempt to contemporize the story, Pastor's version is set in 20th century Italy against a backdrop of war, but it still features the familiar Sergei Prokofiev score. This is a particularly exciting tour, because Joffrey Ballet hasn't visited New York since 1995, when the company left NYC for Chicago! Watch some of the company's leading dancers discuss what the roles of Romeo and Juliet mean to them:

 

Beauty awakens. Kansas City Ballet will premiere The Sleeping Beauty March 31–April 9. The classic is a right of passage for ballerinas and companies alike, and the company will dance artistic director Devon Carney's version after Marius Petipa. Watch leading KCB dancer Tempe Ostergren rehearse the role of Aurora:

 

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Ballerina advice. American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland releases her newest book on March 21Ballerina Body covers everything from nutrition to mentorship and aims to  inspire women to work toward their healthiest body.

 

Hamburg Ballet hits the U.S. The company will perform Old Friends, created by ballet director and chief choreographer John Neumeier, and set to Simon & Garfunkel songs. The work makes its New York premiere, and Hamburg Ballet makes its Joyce debut! Catch the ballet today through March 25.

 

 

BalletMet gets wet. The company's Art in Motion program, which runs through March 25, features confetti, gold petals and water, in work by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Christopher Wheeldon and artistic director Edwaard Liang, respectively. This rehearsal video certainly whets our appetite for more dancing! (Sorry).

 

 

The next generation. Catching American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company, comprised of dancers ages 16–20 years old, is always a great opportunity to scout the next generation of talent. The troupe performs at Hunter College in New York on March 24–26. Expect excerpts from Raymonda, a piece choreographed by ABT principal Marcelo Gomes and more. Here's a behind-the-scenes video from last year's crop of dancers:

Desert colors. Jessica Lang's Her Door to the Sky was made for Pacific Northwest Ballet and is inspired by the life and work of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe. The ballet made its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow last summer and came home to Seattle on March 17. Catch it through March 26 along with William Forsythe's New Suite and David Dawson's Empire Noir.

 

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Prix de Lausanne prizes: The Prix winners have chosen their respective schools and companies. First place winner Michele Esposito will join the Dutch National Ballet junior company. Second place winner Marina Fernandes da Costa Duarte received a corps contract from the Bavarian State Ballet. Third place winner Taisuke Nakao will attend The Royal Ballet School. Find the full list here!

 

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Alexei Ratmansky's candy-coated fantasy. On March 15, two important things happened at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. Not only did David Hallberg return to the stage with American Ballet Theatre, but Alexei Ratmansky's latest full-length ballet became a reality. The story of Whipped Cream is kind of a surrealist Nutcracker with a dark twist: A young boy eats himself into delirium in a Vienna candy shop. The outlandish sets and costumes by artist Mark Ryden, with libretto and music by Richard Strauss, complete the story.

 

Catch the Bolshoi on the big screen. Bolshoi in Cinema screens a contemporary program on March 19. With this wintery weather, cozying up at the movies to watch dancers like Olga Smirnova grace the screen sounds like a perfect Sunday activity. Click here for theaters and show times.

Dance Theatre of Harlem and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre partner up. Through March 26, DTH and PBT will present a performance series featuring a shared evening, panel discussions, film screenings and lecture demonstrations. The focus is on racial diversity in the ballet world.

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Changes and contention at regional companies. After eight years helming Nevada Ballet Theater, artistic director James Canfield will step down at the end of his contract on June 30. According to the board, he is leaving by choice and hopes to pursue choreographic opportunities. NBT's board hopes to identify a new candidate within six months. Meanwhile, Sacramento Ballet announced a change in leadership earlier this year, and dancers have recently spoken out against the board of directors. Four dancers signed an email accusing the board of poor leadership and neglecting the artistic side of the company.

BalletX's choreographic fellowship. There are only four days left to apply for a choreographic fellowship with BalletX. Fellows will be mentored by Matthew Neenan and will receive a $5,000 fee. Check out this video of last year's fellow, Yin Yue, and mentor, Trey McIntyre:

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This week in ballet features exciting premieres across the U.S. and Canada.

Marcelo Gomes guests in Florida. The American Ballet Theatre principal heads to Florida for a guest appearance in Sarasota Ballet's production of Frederick Ashton's Two Pigeons. He will partner company principal Victoria Hulland on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm. Company principal Ricardo Rhodes and soloist Ryoko Sadoshima will dance on Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 pm. Gomes told the Herald Tribune that the role is a premiere for him, and the learning opportunity was part of why he wanted to dance with Sarasota Ballet.

 

Company choreographers. Dancers at Colorado Ballet have the opportunity to create work on their colleagues as part of CB's Attitude on Santa Fe program on March 10 and 11. The program includes Saudade by Fernanda Oliveira, which draws inspiration from the Portuguese word loosely translated to loss or blues, along with fellow dancer Sean Omandam's Pricks of Brightness. It also features REDbeat, a first time collaboration with choreographer Jairo Heli. Redbeat is part of Colorado Ballet's New Cultural Works, a long-term project meant to create new ballets that explore the state's cultural heritage.

A real boy. The National Ballet of Canada premieres Will Tuckett's Pinocchio on March 11. The production features a distinctly Canadian flavor, complete with lumber jacks, moose and Mounties.

L.A. Ballet's Triple Bill. Los Angeles Ballet performs three George Balanchine Ballets, including Prodigal SonWho Cares? and the company premiere of Divertimento No. 15. With performances on March 11, 18 and 26, L.A. audiences have plenty of time to catch a show.

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