#TBT: Mikhail Baryshnikov in "Don Quixote" (1983)

If you need a bit of cheering up as we near the end of another week in quarantine, Mikhail Baryshnikov's unbridled charisma in this 1983 clip from American Ballet Theatre's Don Quixote is just the ticket. Then the artistic director of ABT, Baryshnikov performs Basilio's tavern variation with swagger and panache, making every audience member root for him in his bid for Kitri's hand.


On top of all the personality in this variation, Barshnikov gives every step extra sheen with his sharp sense of musicality. He flies, torpedo-like, in double assemblés en tournant and achieves rapid rotation in his turns by firing his turnout to create centrifugal force. His brilliant technique, displayed in sharp dégagés, tight soutenus, and rooted balances in arabesque, is almost as flashy as his more virtuosic feats. With his playful humor and unparalleled stage presence, this solo is the ultimate ode to bravado, that ends, fittingly, with a mic drop. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

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#TBT: Antoinette Sibley and Brian Shaw in "The Sleeping Beauty" (1963)

The charming and exuberant Antoinette Sibley became a principal at The Royal Ballet in 1960, when she was just 21 years old. Sibley dazzled alongside many danseurs during her career, including former principal Brian Shaw, a bravura dancer known for his virtuosic turns and jumps. The two were a natural cast for The Sleeping Beauty's Bluebird pas de deux, captured here in this 1963 film.

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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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