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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.

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Karolina Kuras, Courtesy NBoC

It's hard to imagine the National Ballet of Canada without ballerina Greta Hodgkinson. Yet this week NBoC announced that the longtime company star will take her final bow in March, as Marguerite in Sir Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.

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Courtesy BLOCH

Today's ballet dancer needs a lot from a pointe shoe. "What I did 20 years ago is not what these dancers are doing now," says New York City Ballet shoe manager Linnette Roe. "They are expected to go harder, longer days. They are expected to go from sneakers, to pointe shoes, to character shoes, to barefoot and back to pointe shoes all in a day."

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.

We dug into the details of Stretch Pointe's most game-changing features:

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Alice Pennefather, Courtesy ROH

You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)

Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of:

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What do Diana Vishneva, Olga Smirnova, Kristina Shapran and Maria Khoreva all have in common? These women, among the most impressive talents to graduate from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in recent years, all studied under legendary professor Lyudmila Kovaleva. Kovaleva, a former dancer with the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky), is beloved by her students and admired throughout the ballet world for her ability to pull individuality and artistry out of the dancers she trains. Like any great teacher, Kovaleva is remarkably generous with her wealth of knowledge; it seems perfect, then, that she appears as the Fairy of Generosity in this clip from a 1964 film of the Kirov's The Sleeping Beauty.

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