Vote for Our 2017 Readers' Choice Awards

It’s time! You submitted your nominations for the most memorable dance you saw this year. We narrowed down our favorites, and now it’s up to you to decide what will make it into our December issue. Voting will be open until September 25th. Only one submission per person will be counted. Loading…

Watch: Our 7 All-Time Favorite World Ballet Day Moments

When we heard rumors earlier this summer that World Ballet Day LIVE might get cancelled this year, we thought our hearts might break. But we needn’t have worried! The happy news came out yesterday that our favorite day of the year is back: World Ballet Day LIVE 2017 is officially scheduled for October 5. Clear […]

The Bolshoi Just Canceled a Ballet for the First Time in Decades

As Wendy Perron wrote in our July issue, “Any new work coming from the Bolshoi Ballet is big news.” So naturally, the news that the premiere of its highly anticipated new ballet will not happen as scheduled is even bigger. The Bolshoi announced on its website Saturday that performances of Nureyev, set to begin tomorrow […]

The Russians Are Coming

The Lincoln Center Festival always includes a spectacular, if brief, display of international dance. This July, two programs involving the Bolshoi Ballet arrive at the Koch Theater. The first one brings together three superb ballet companies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Balanchine’s Jewels. Paris Opera Ballet will do “Emeralds,” the serene opening section, to […]

The Rebirth of David Hallberg

David Hallberg almost quit dancing two years ago. The international ballet star, whose talent and drive had made him the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer, was struggling after a 2014 ankle surgery to repair a frayed deltoid ligament. A resulting mass of scar tissue ultimately required a second surgery. […]

On the Rise: Yulia Stepanova

With her soulful presence and elegant manner onstage, Yulia Stepanova was touted as a major talent when she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2009. She joined the Mariinsky Ballet, where her sensitive phrasing as Odette/Odile confirmed her potential. Stuck for a promotion, however, she made a bold move to Moscow, and it paid […]

Is Makhar Vaziev Changing the Bolshoi?

Vladimir Urin (left) and Makhar Vaziev (right) in the Bolshoi studios. Photo by Damir Yusupov, courtesy Bolshoi. Earlier this year, the Bolshoi Ballet saw yet another regime change: Makhar Vaziev, the former La Scala and Mariinsky artistic director, took over Sergei Filin’s job. Not many insiders were surprised when Filin got pushed out, since he […]

Filin Isn't Leaving the Bolshoi After All

In two weeks, Sergei Filin’s contract as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet will expire, and Makhar Vaziev will take over. When Bolshoi theater director Vladimir Urin announced last July that Filin’s contract would not be renewed, few were surprised—the two men have a long history of feuding, and Filin’s reign at the Bolshoi has not […]

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