Justin Peck. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB.

NYCB Is (Still) Taking Over Broadway

Is there any stopping Justin Peck? In less than a decade, the 29-year-old New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer has made over 30 ballets, quickly becoming one of the world's most sought-after dancemakers. Now he can add another milestone to the list: Broadway. This week, The New York Times reported that Peck will choreograph the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, scheduled to open next March. Originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille in 1945, the musical, which follows the ill-fated love story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan, is famous for its lengthy dream ballet. Peck told the Times that he intends to pay homage to the original while making it "an even more dance-and-movement-focused production."


But it gets better: Two more NYCB stars are joining the production. Principal dancer Amar Ramasar will play the conniving thief Jigger, while soloist Brittany Pollack will take on the dance-heavy role of Louise. They're the latest company members to make appearances in musicals in recent years, joining Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris), Georgina Pazcoguin (CATS and On the Town), Megan Fairchild and Savannah Lowery (On the Town), and Tiler Peck (the Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer). Luckily, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic won't be totally unfamiliar to them—Christopher Wheeldon choreographed Carousel (A Dance) for NYCB in 2002, which the company will perform in May as part of its Here/Now festival.

We'll have to wait a year to see Peck's vision come to life, but in the meantime, check out the dream ballet from the 1956 Hollywood film version starring yet another NYCB star: Jacques d'Amboise.

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The dance community's response to the death of George Floyd was immediate and sweeping on social media. Dance artists, including Desmond Richardson and Martha Nichols, used their social platforms to make meaningful statements about racial inequality. Theresa Ruth Howard's leadership spurred ballet companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet to pledge #BalletRelevesForBlackLives. Among the most vocal supporters have been dance students, who continue to share the faces and gut-wrenching last words of Black men and women who have died in police custody on their Instagram feeds and Stories.

The work we're doing on social media as a community is important and necessary—and we should keep at it. But now, that momentum must also carry us into taking action. Because to be a true ally, action is required.

A responsible ally amplifies Black voices­­. They choose to listen rather than speak. And they willingly throw their support, and, if they can, their dollars, behind Black dancers and Black dance organizations. Here are some ways you can do your part.

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Class of 2020, These Ballet Stars Have a Heartfelt Video Message Just for You

Congratulations to this year's graduating seniors!

You might not have had the chance to take that long planned-for final bow, but we're here to cheer you on and celebrate all that you've accomplished. And we've brought together stars from across the ballet world to help us; check out the video to hear their best wishes for your futures.

To further fête all of the ballet grads out there, we're also giving away 100 free subscriptions to Pointe... plus, one lucky bunhead will receive a personalized message from one of ballet's biggest stars. Click here to enter!


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Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 5/27/2020

Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.

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