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Onstage This Week: Program of Premieres at BalletX, Denver-Based Companies Join Forces, Pennsylvania Ballet's New "Giselle," and More!

Houston Ballet's Karina González and Chun Wai Chan in rehearsal for Jerome Robbins' The Cage. Lawrence Knox, Courtesy Houston Ballet.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.


BalletX's Spring Series Showcases Three Premieres

Philadelphia-based troupe BalletX brings three premieres to the stage March 6-17. The company's Spring Series program includes the East Coast premiere of Lil Buck's Express; Nicolo Fonte's third new work for the company, titled Steep Drop, Euphoric; and the world premiere of BalletX 2019 choreographic fellow Katarzyna Skarpetowska's Off the Canvas.

Colorado Ballet Joins Forces With Two Denver-Based Dance Companies

March 8-10, Colorado Ballet comes together with Denver-based companies Wonderbound and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance to present Tour de Force. This collaborative program features Colorado Ballet in Amy Seiwert's contemporary Traveling Alone, as well two shared company world premieres. Colorado Ballet dancers will join Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in The MOVE/ment choreographed by Cleo Parker Robinson, and members of Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound will come together in Garrett Ammon's Creatures of Prometheus.

Ballet Idaho Shares an Evening of New Works by Company Insiders

Ballet Idaho's New Dance: Inside View program, running March 7-10, features new work by five choreographers all affiliated with the company: dancers Daniel Ojeda, Cydney Covert and Nathan Powell, rehearsal director Anne Meuller and artistic director Garrett Anderson. These episodic works are born from the company's shared experiences both in the studio and on the stage.

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents the World Premiere of Angel Corella's "Giselle"

This week, Pennsylvania Ballet puts its own stamp on a classic. March 7-15 marks the world premiere of Giselle, restaged by artistic director Angel Corella. We love the haunting trailer that Pennsylvania Ballet put together; check it out above.

Sarasota Ballet Revives Ashton's "Apparitions"

Sarasota Ballet continues its spring season with Poetry and Liberty, March 8-9. The program includes the company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton's 1936 Apparitions, making its way to the stage for the first time since 1987. The program also includes George Balanchine's patriotic Stars and Stripes in honor of Sarasota Ballet artistic director Iain Webb's newly acquired American citizenship.

Houston Ballet and Carolina Ballet Celebrate Jerome Robbins' Centennial

Houston Ballet fetes Jerome Robbins March 7-10 with three of his classic works: Fancy Free, The Concert (or the Perils of Everybody) and the company premiere of The Cage. Catch a sneak peek of principal Connor Walsh in rehearsal for Fancy Free in the above video.

March 7-24, Carolina Ballet also brings back Fancy Free alongside the company premiere of Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, set to Claude Debussy's famous score.

San Francisco Ballet and Alabama Ballet Present "The Sleeping Beauty"

This week, San Francisco Ballet and Alabama Ballet once again share Marius Petipa's beloved The Sleeping Beauty with their respective audiences. Catch Alabama Ballet's run March 8-10, SFB's March 9-17 and hear SFB soloist Wona Park talk about dancing the ballet's Enchanted Princess above.

City Ballet of San Diego Brings Balanchine to the Stage 

City Ballet of San Diego brings three George Balanchine masterpieces to the stage March 8-10. The program features works showing the range of Balanchine's genius: Apollo, "Rubies" and The Four Temperaments.

Ballet Careers
Roderick Phifer in Trey McIntyre's The Boogeyman . Bill Hebert, Courtesy BalletX.

This is one of a series of stories on recent graduates' on-campus experiences—and the connections they made that jump-started their dance careers. Roderick Phifer graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in dance in 2017.

While walking out of a technique class during the first semester of his senior year at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, Roderick Phifer was approached with an unexpected offer. BalletX needed a guest artist for an upcoming performance, and after seeing Phifer perform in one of his senior shows, a UArts alumnus dancing with the company had offered up his name. Phifer ran straight from his technique class to a company class with BalletX, and the troupe's artistic leadership quickly gave him the green light to perform. "It was so last-minute, that, I kid you not, I had three rehearsals," he says. He performed with BalletX as a guest artist that fall, auditioned for an open company position in the spring and had a contract by the end of his senior year.

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From left: Sarah Lapointe, Derek Dunn and Jeanette Kakareka. Courtesy The Rock School

For more than five decades, The Rock School for Dance Education has been launching young dancers into professional ballet careers around the globe. Boasting distinguished alumni such as Beckanne Sisk, Michaela DePrince and Taylor Stanley, the Philadelphia-based institution has garnered a well-deserved reputation for pairing rigorous training with a tight-knit, welcoming community. Their summer intensives are no different, with a wealth of prestigious faculty members, many of whom are Rock School alums currently dancing at companies around the world.

What inspires busy pros to keep returning to their alma mater? We talked to three of The Rock School's buzziest alums about why they make it a priority to come back and teach:

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Ballet dancers today are asked to do more with their bodies than ever before. The physical demands of a ballet career can take an immense toll on a dancer's joints and muscles—subjecting them to pain, inflammation and an increased risk of injury. Considering all that is required of today's dancers, having a top-notch recovery regime is paramount.

Enter Apolla Performance Wear, which is meeting ballet's physical demands with a line of compression footwear that is speeding up the recovery process for professional dancers by reducing inflammation and stabilizing the joints.

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