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Be Thankful For: A Shirtless, Dancing Marcelo Gomes

Country music isn't the first genre that comes to mind when we think of Marcelo Gomes. Yet the American Ballet Theatre principal and 2015 Dance Magazine Award recipient stars in a beautiful new music video by up-and-coming country singer Lindi Ortega. In it, he dances through the woods of Savannah, Georgia, mostly shirtless. We're told that director John Poliquin plans to release an all-dance version of the video in early 2016. And for this, we're very, very thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Devon Teuscher performing the titular role in Jane Eyre. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT

Story ballets that debut during American Ballet Theatre's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House are always the subject of much curiosity—and, sometimes, much debate. Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre was no different. The ballet follows the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brönte's novel as she grows from a willful orphan to a self-possessed governess, charting her romance with the haughty Mr. Rochester and the social forces that threaten to tear them apart.

While the ballet was warmly received in the UK when Northern Ballet premiered it in 2016, its reception from New York City–based critics has been far less welcoming. A group of editors from Dance Magazine and two of our sister publications, Dance Spirit and Pointe, sat down to discuss our own reactions.

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