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Live Streams Alert: PNB in Rehearsal and a Performance by Richmond Ballet's Maggie Small

Richmond Ballet's Maggie Small in "Portrait of Billie." Sarah Ferguson, Courtesy Richmond Ballet.

We love ballet live streams. No matter where we are , they give us a chance to see different parts of the ballet world up close and on the go. Tomorrow (Thursday, January 24) marks two exciting streams. Read all about them below.


Pacific Northwest Ballet in Rehearsal for "The Sleeping Beauty"

Pacific Northwest Ballet is giving audiences a chance to whet their appetites before the February 1-10 run of The Sleeping Beauty with a live stream from the rehearsal studio. PNB will be working on the ballet's first act; you can get a sneak peek in the above video of soloist Kyle Davis in Act III's Bluebird Variation.

The livestream begins at 3:30 pm PST and is available here.

Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade with Richmond Ballet's Maggie Small

On January 24, Jazz at Lincoln Center will stream Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade, a special performance honoring the legendary dancer's long life and career. Since the 1950s, De Lavallade has been a sought after performer in the Broadway, Hollywood, jazz and dance worlds, where she performed works by choreographers including Agnes de Mille, Lester Horton and Geoffrey Holder. This show focuses on her involvement with jazz, and includes a performance of a ballet for which she was known: John Butler's 1960 Portrait of Billie, danced by Richmond Ballet's Maggie Small. De Lavallade worked with Richmond Ballet on the work in 2017, and will join the company again this May to set her own ballet, Sweet Bitter Love. Life of a Legend runs through January 25.

The livestream begins at 7 pm EST and is available here and on Facebook.

The Conversation
Hamrick rehearsing Port Rouge in St. Petersburg. Photo courtesy Hamrick

Choosing music for your first-ever choreography commission can feel daunting enough. But when you're asked to create a ballet using the vast discography of the Rolling Stones—and you happen to be dating Stones frontman Mick Jagger—the stakes are even higher.

So it's understandable that as of Monday, American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, whose Port Rouge will have its U.S. premiere tonight at the Youth American Grand Prix gala, was still torn about which songs to include.

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The Royal Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in La Bayadère. Photo by Bill Cooper, Courtesy ROH.

Do you ever wish you could teleport to London and casually stroll into The Royal Opera House to see some of the world's best-loved ballets? Well, we have a solution for you: The Royal Ballet's 2018-19 cinema season.

Whether live or recorded, the seven ballet programs listed below, streaming now through next October, will deliver all of the magic that The Royal Ballet has to offer straight to your local movie theater. Can you smell the popcorn already?

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Ballet Stars
Royes Fernandez and Maria Tallchief in "Les Sylphides." Captured via YouTube.

In the early years of professional ballet in the United States, influential American dancers played key roles in changing perspectives of ballet as a strictly European art form. Maria Tallchief and Royes Fernandez were among those dancers who helped establish and define an American ballet aesthetic and identity: she as the original prima ballerina of New York City Ballet and he as American Ballet Theatre's Siegfried in the company's first full-length production of Swan Lake. These two exceptional performers are mesmerizing together in this 1963 excerpt from Fokine's Les Sylphide.

Maria Tallchief, Royes Fernandez - Excerpt from 'Les Sylphides' www.youtube.com

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She's back! (Erin Baiano)

Congratulations are in order for Kathryn Morgan! After a long struggle with hypothyroidism, which led to the ballerina's resignation from New York City Ballet in 2012, Morgan is now set to dive back into full-time professional dance as a soloist at Miami City Ballet.

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