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What to Watch: These Major Ballet Companies Are Coming to a (Movie) Theater Near You

Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin in Bolshoi Ballet's "Swan Lake." Photo by Damir Yusupov, courtesy Bolshoi Ballet.

Summer may have just started, but we could already use a break from the heat (and the studio sweat). Luckily, this July, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet are bringing some of the most famous classical ballets to the big screen—and their superstar cast of dancers is not to be missed.

Check out all of the details on what's playing, who's dancing and where you can see it, ahead.

Svetlana Zakharova and Sergei Polunin in "Giselle." Photo by Damir Yusupov, courtesy Bolshoi Ballet.



Bolshoi Ballet

Beginning July 9, Bolshoi has teamed up with Fathom Events to bring three different ballets to cinemas. Playing each Monday during July for the first-ever Bolshoi Ballet Summer Series, the ballets are encore screenings, which is great if you missed Bolshoi at the movies earlier this year. Screenings will take place in nearly 300 theaters across the U.S., and each ballet was filmed from live performances at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

First up on July 9 is Giselle, starring Svetlana Zakharova in the title role alongside Sergei Polunin as Albrecht. On July 16, theaters will play Alexei Ratmansky's staging of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and the final screening on July 23, will be Swan Lake, featuring Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin.

Find your nearest theater, and book your tickets in advance on Fathom Event's site.

Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov photographed for "Swan Lake." Photo by Bill Cooper, courtesy The Royal Ballet.

The Royal Ballet

At the end of July, you can catch Liam Scarlett's new staging of Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet at select Landmark Theatres across the country (including New York City, Houston and San Francisco). Marianela Nuñez stars as Odette/Odile, with Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried. Click here to search for your city, then scroll through the "coming soon" tab.

Ballet Careers
Gray Davis with wife, ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary, after his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Courtesy Trenary.

When Gray Davis retired from American Ballet Theatre in July of 2018, he moved home to South Carolina, unsure of what would come next. Last month, just over a year later, Davis graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Today, he's working as a deputy for the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office.

Though Davis danced in ABT's corps for 11 years and is married to soloist Cassandra Trenary, to many he's best known for saving the life of a man who was pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City in 2017. The heroic effort earned him the New York State Liberty Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by a member of the New York State Senate. We caught up with Davis to hear about how the split second decision he made in the subway affected the course of his life, what it's been like starting a second career and what he sees as the similarities between ballet and law enforcement.

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The team at BLOCH developed their line of Stretch Pointe shoes to address dancer's most common complaints about the fit and performance of their pointe shoes. "It's a scientific take on the pointe shoe," says Roe. Dancers are taking notice and Stretch Pointe shoes are now worn by stars like American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston, who stars in BLOCH's latest campaign for the shoes.

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Claire Sheridan wanted to change the status quo. Leading up to the 1990s, she recalls, "there was a 'shut up and dance' mind-set," and as the founder of the dance program at St. Mary's College of California and a longtime teacher in professional companies, she had seen too many dancers retire with no plan for a successful career transition. "At that time, if you thought about education and the future," she says, "you were not a committed dancer. I wanted to fight that."

With the support of St. Mary's, Sheridan developed the Liberal Education for Arts Professionals program, or LEAP, an innovative liberal-arts bachelor's degree program designed especially for professional dancers. She first presented her idea to executives at San Francisco Ballet. "Kudos to that company, because they said, 'This is great,'" she says. "Eleven of the first 18 dancers who started in August 1999 were from SFB."

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I'm a college freshman, and my dance program isn't challenging enough. We only have ballet three times a week and a few hours of modern, and my classmates aren't as dedicated as I am. There's a small dance company nearby, where I was hoping to take extra classes, but I don't have a car. I want to transfer, but I feel like I won't be in good enough shape for auditions. —Tara

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