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Onstage This Week: "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Nashville, Halloween-Themed Ballets, and More!

Nashville Ballet's Julia Eisen in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire . MA2LA, Courtesy Nashville Ballet.

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


Nashville Ballet is the First U.S. Company to Perform Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's "A Streetcar Named Desire" 

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire makes its U.S. company premiere at Nashville Ballet November 1-3. This award-winning, full-length adaptation of Tennessee Williams' classic play follows Southern belle Blanche DuBois' demise set to a score by Peter Salem. Hear Ochoa talk about the ballet in the above video.

San Francisco Ballet Tours to Copenhagen

This week, San Francisco Ballet heads a bit farther afield than usual...to Denmark. The company brings artistic director Helgi Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev's powerful score, to Copenhagen October 30-November 2. This tour marks SFB's first guest performance at the Royal Danish Opera House, ordinarily home to the Royal Danish Ballet.

Tulsa Ballet Opens Season with "Giselle"

Tulsa Ballet's 2019–20 season opens with Giselle October 31-November 3. This classic story ballet seems the perfect fit for its Halloween opening; after all, it does include ghosts, haunting and a graveyard. Brush up on your Giselle history in the above video.

Orlando Ballet Gets in the Halloween Spirit

Orlando Ballet is going all out for Halloween with the revival of artistic director Robert Hill's Vampire's Ball running October 31-November 3. This spooky selection tells the story of two vampires; check out Orlando Ballet's highly dramatic trailer above.

"Carmen" Takes the Stage at Festival Ballet Providence

Festival Ballet Providence brings Viktor Plotnikov's Carmen to the stage November 1–10 as part of Up Close on Hope: Program 1. Festival Ballet Providence plays out this reinterpretation of the famous opera in their intimate Black Box Theater.

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American Contemporary Ballet in rehearsal. Anastasia Petukhova, Courtesy ACB.

Lincoln Jones felt there was a pertinence missing from ballet when he decided to form American Contemporary Ballet. "People looking at a film today can pick apart screenwriting versus art direction and editing," says Jones. "They are really conversant with it. I thought ballet is never going to feel super-relevant until people can do that."

So how to do that? Connect the audience to the show.

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Rachel Neville, Courtesy Audition Dancewear

When you dig through your collection of leotards before class, do you ever think about how they're made, or what they're made from? Chances are, most dancers don't, and Audition Dancewear wants to do something about that.

The company—run by two mother-daughter duos, Kathy and Caroline Perry and Shelly and Suzanna Lathrum—has begun making leotards from recycled materials to reduce their carbon footprint and raise awareness around plastic consumption. The result is a sleek line of leos that don't sacrifice style or function, and that use four or five recycled water bottles per leo.

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The holiday season is coming our way, and with it good cheer, a giving spirit and, of course, The Nutcracker. Our favorite photography duo, Dancers & Dogs, has found a way to garner that energy for a good cause: pet adoption.

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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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