Dancers & Companies

Mary Cochran, longtime Paul Taylor dancer and beloved teacher, passed away this week in her 50s.

Cochran began her professional dance career with Alwin Nikolais in 1981, and several years later joined the Taylor Company. There, she originated countless memorable roles such as the "Rum and Coca-Cola" woman in Company B and the Daughter in Speaking in Tongues.

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Rant & Rave
Ratmansky at MCB. PC Daniel Azoulay

And if that statement rubs you the wrong way—particularly coming from a highly acclaimed white male choreographer—you're not alone.

On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre artist in residence and international ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky posted this on his Facebook page:

Obviously, there's a lot to unpack here. And many of the comments did the unpacking for us:

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Dancers & Companies
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Minus One. PC John Hall

Most ads promoting upcoming ballets don't feature blood streaming from a gruesome wound. But that doesn't mean companies shouldn't be able to take risks with their campaigns. Right?

Last week, we heard that an ad for Montreal-based Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' upcoming production of Edward Clug's Stabat Mater was banned by the Société de transports de Montréal (STM) because they feared the image could "incite violence."

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Career
Johns' Map

Before too long, dancers and choreographers will get to create on the luxurious 170-acre property in rural Connecticut that is currently home to legendary visual artist Jasper Johns.

If you think that sounds far more glamorous than your average choreographic retreat, you're right. Though there are some seriously generous opportunities out there, this one seems particularly lavish.

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Dancers & Companies

We've known for a while now that Galen Hooks is basically superwoman. She choreographs for huge stars, teaches mesmerizing class videos that go viral and somehow still finds time to give back to the dance community.

But her new short dance film, "Wait for Me," shows just what a powerhouse talent she is. Featuring a star-studded cast including tapper Melinda Sullivan and "Single Lady" Ashley Everett, the film follows a series of couples who've been separated due to war. And Hooks pretty much single-handedly made the gorgeous film come together: she wrote, directed, choreographed, produced and edited it, and composed the haunting music.

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Training
Rutgers students Brittany Cohen teaching at an elementary school. PC Jaqlin Medlock

Pedagogy opportunities vary widely across schools. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate or graduate program, search thoroughly to find the one that works for you. These are just a few of your options:

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Popular
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The day we've been dreading for a while now has come: Robert Fairchild has officially announced that he is leaving New York City Ballet, the company where he's been a principal since 2009.

Fairchild has been spending more and more time away from the company in recent years, starring in An American in Paris in three cities and taking on a variety of other musical theater projects. In the meantime, he's established himself as a bonafide triple threat, earning a Tony nomination for his role in AAIP and landing gigs like playing Ted Shawn in the upcoming PBS film, The Chaperone.

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Dancers & Companies
PC NYC Dance Project

One of the ballet world's busiest superstars is adding another role to his resume, and it's a big one. American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin is joining Staatsballett Berlin as a principal beginning with the 2018-2019 season. Though he will be based in Berlin, the virtuoso will maintain his position at ABT, performing with the company as often as his schedule will allow.

In some ways, the move makes perfect sense: Simkin, who grew up in Germany, has been performing all over the world as a guest artist for years, and will get to tackle contemporary work that he doesn't have the opportunity to dance at ABT. Plus, he'll be joined by a very familiar face: ABT artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky will create a new La Bayadère for the company in the 2018-19 season.

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