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Let’s Hear It for the Teachers

We know the names of the famous dancers of today, but we never know the names of the teachers who trained them. So said Alexei Ratmansky while introducing an evening at City Center devoted to the great Bolshoi men’s teacher, Peter Pestov, on his 80th birthday. Ratmansky said that Pestov’s classes stress elegance and solid […]

This Just In

Keenan Kampa , one of DM’s 2012 “25 to Watch,” will join the Kirov (Maryinsky) Ballet as the company’s first American dancer in June 2012. The graduate of the Kirov’s Vaganova Academy is currently in her second year as a Boston Ballet corps member. —posted 1/18/2012   Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, principal dancers with […]


New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater, NYC • January 6–March 1, 2009 • Reviewed by Lisa Rinehart   During a winter of dire economic news, New York City Ballet’s season was comfy as a hot-water bottle on an aching tummy. An eyeful of beauty and an earful of glorious music, courtesy of the […]

Russian Ambition

It was a brief YouTube clip of her Kitri that set balletomanes abuzz. From the first moment that Bolshoi starlet Natalia Osipova was spotted in a short solo from Don Quixote, the link flew from computer to computer around the world. Her performance commanded the stage with sparkling personality and breathtaking technique. Tossing off multiple […]

The Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet “The Flames of Paris” Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Jul 3, 2008 Reviewed by Marc Haegema   Photo by Marc Haegeman at the Bolshoi Theatre. Maria Alexandrova, Alexander Volchkov, and Denis Savin.   Courtly pageantry in royal Versailles, foot-stomping folk dances, tender lyrical duets, but also thundering cannons, soldiers charging with bayonets, fearless girls […]

Beautiful Vishneva, Poor Vishneva

Diana Vishneva is such a sublime dancer that you expect to be transported when you see her dance. Her own concert, “Beauty in Motion” at City Center (see our cover story this month) fell short. I guess if you are a choreographer who is commissioned to make a dance for this gorgeous creature, you have […]

Diana Vishneva

Behind the scenes with today’s hottest ballet star   When Diana Vishneva danced the role of Titania in Ashton’s The Dream, for the first time with American Ballet Theatre last summer, she offered a vision of the Fairy Queen that stopped even die-hard Ashtonites in their tracks. A creature of gossamer and steel, her sinuous, […]

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