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The Highs and Lows of the Benois de la Danse

Uliana Lopatkina and Andrey Yermakov in Hans Van Manen’s Trois Gnociennes. Photo © Mikhail Logvinov. The Benois de la danse is a major international dance prize for ballet professionals but little known in the States. Produced in cooperation with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, this year the nominees include dancers from Italy, Germany, the U.S., […]

Dance Magazine Awards 2014

This year we celebrate six extraordinary dance artists: American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland, Youth America Grand Prix’s Larissa Saveliev, jazz master Luigi, American Tap Dance Foundation’s Brenda Bufalino and Tony Waag, and choreographer Wayne McGregor. Misty Copeland Misty Copeland is more than a dancer. As an outspoken advocate for racial equality in ballet—and living proof […]

The American at the Mikhailovsky

He’s not David Hallberg, but he’s tall and thin, has beautiful feet and magnificent ballon, and is now in a Russian ballet company. Meet Mario Vitale Labrador, the 24-year-old from the Bay Area who graduated from the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow and then joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet. Last April he won some of the top […]

The Mikhailovsky Heads West

With growing popularity, the company begins its first U.S. tour.     Angelina Vorontsova in The Flames of Paris. Photo by Stas Levshin, Courtesy Mikhailovsky Ballet.   Though audiences have long idolized the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets, the Mikhailovsky Ballet is gaining ground as one of Russia’s most forward-thinking classical troupes. With more than $40 […]

Our Top Picks

Ten must-see performances coming to a theater near you this fall     Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions The world premiere of Jo Kreiter’s Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane will send her Flyaway Productions dancers up a wall once again, this time on the exterior of the four-story UC Hastings College of the Law building in downtown […]

The Bolshoi on Tour: Still Soviet After All These Years?

We will be excited to see the Bolshoi no matter what rep they are doing. The dancers deliver on a big scale (the word “bolshoi” means big), the tradition of handing down the classics is unbroken, and for this tour they are traveling with the Bolshoi orchestra. Plus, our sympathy is at an all-time high […]

Russian Seasons

Big news for American fans of Russian ballet:   First, St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Ballet has finally set a date for its U.S. debut. Though the company initially planned to perform in New York two summers ago, that visit was canceled when American Ballet Theatre exercised a non-compete clause involving Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, who […]

Wendy's Best of 2013

Warning: The following claims are entirely subjective and are limited by what I’ve seen or not seen.     BEST (and worst) NEW CHOREOGRAPHY (world premieres or New York premieres.) • Borderlands, choreographed by Wayne McGregor for San Francisco Ballet at War Memorial Opera House. With snaking spines, vibrating arms, and torsos diving through a […]

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