Ballet

There’s a New Pointe Shoe Designed Specifically for Men

BY JENNIFER STAHL via www.dancemagazine.com As ballet’s gender roles grow increasingly blurred, more men than ever are reaching new heights: the tips of their toes. It’s no longer just Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the few pointe-clad male character parts, like in Cinderella or Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream. Some male dancers are starting to experiment with pointe shoes to strengthen their feet or expand their artistic possibilities. Michelle Dorrance even challenged the men in her cast at American Ballet Theatre to perform on pointe last season (although only Tyler Maloney ended up actually doing it onstage). The one problem? Pointe shoes have traditionally only been designed for women. Until now. A Russian company called Siberian Swan has just announc...

The Relationship Between Ballet and Physics

BY HANNAH FOSTER via www.pointemagazine.com For Better Jumps and Higher Legs, Turn to Newton’s Third Law: Merritt Moore and Claudia Schreier Explain The Relationship Between Ballet and Physics Last Saturday night, I had a balletic epiphany. I wasn’t in a mirrored studio taking class or even in a theater watching a performance. This luminous ray of understanding beamed into—wait for it—the basement of a math museum. The National Museum of Mathematics (yes, that exists) hosted its fourth Quadrivium, a salon focusing on the intersections of music and math last Saturday in New York City. The evening’s special guests were none other than ballerina Merritt Moore and choreographer Claudia Schreier. After Schreier and Moore took their seats next to the event’s host, saxophonist M...

Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive Auditions

Our Pre-Professional Summer Intensive program in Chicago is for advanced and early-career dancers, ages 18–24. Dancers attend daily technique classes, with additional opportunities to originate choreography, and study Pilates, yoga, improvisation, and partnering. Attendees learn repertory excerpts as well as complete works, culminating in a showing on the final day. Students will be placed by age and skill level through our national audition tour. AUDITION REGISTRATION Chicago Intensive Dates: July 9-August 3, 2018 Location: Hubbard Street Dance Center, located in Chicago’s West Loop. Schedule: Classes are held from 10am–6pm Monday through Friday. All students must attend all four weeks of the session. Tuition: $2,500 for all classes Optional Housing Fee: TBA Hubbard Street Dance Chicago i...

GroundWorks Dance Theatre Auditions

GroundWorks DanceTheater seeks male and female dancers versatile in ballet, contemporary and modern techniques for company positions. First round of auditions by electronic submission only. Please send dance reel and resume here. If you have questions, please email: info@groundworksdance.org Audition Dates for those INVITED: Candidates will be notified by email regarding an invitation to attend one of our in- person work sessions to be held in Cleveland, Ohio on: February 23, 2018 or March 30, 2018 Year round contract with benefits, beginning May 2018. For more information visit our website at www.groundworksdance.org Applicant must be a United States citizen or hold a valid Green Card.  About GroundWorks DanceTheater GroundWorks is an acclaimed contemporary company based in Cleveland, Ohi...

Meet American Ballet Theatre’s Newest Soloist By SUSAN REITER

How Calvin Royal III came to be in Alexei Ratmansky’s new ballet   Ballet competitions may be scorned in some quarters for their tiresome, circuslike exhibitions of technical tricks. But behind the scenes, career-defining encounters often take place, as Calvin Royal III knows firsthand. For Royal — an elegant and refined dancer who recently became American Ballet Theatre’s newest soloist — participating in the Youth America Grand Prix helped launch him into the profession. Initially Royal, who attended a performing arts high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, wasn’t convinced ballet was for him. “I hadn’t taken any ballet before my freshman year, so I only started at 14,” he explains. “My first year, I went to my teachers wanting t...

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