News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in November 2021

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from the last month. Comings & Goings At Pacific Northwest Ballet, Elle Macy has been promoted to principal, Miles Pertl and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan to soloist. At Ballet West, Jenna Rae Herrera has been promoted to principal. At Carolina Ballet, Sam […]

What Does it Mean to Have a "Sponsor"?

Now more than ever, ballet companies are searching for creative ways to build revenue. One tactic has stood out: patrons choosing to donate via the sponsorship of a particular dancer. Often implemented by large troupes like American Ballet Theatre (all of its principals and most soloists have sponsors), the trend has now reached smaller companies […]

Going Raw

A diet without cooking contains both hope and hype for dancers. During her performance season last fall, Carolina Ballet soloist Cecilia Iliesiu challenged herself to eat a vegan diet of mostly raw meals for one month. But her energy lagged. “I wasn’t getting all that I needed,” she says. “I’m not sure I could survive […]

Performances Onstage this Month

  Flying High NASHVILLE Look up, Nashville: Bay Area vertical dance company BANDALOOP is taking over downtown buildings on Oct. 6. The special event will kick off the company’s performances of Harboring at the city’s new contemporary arts venue, OZ, where dancers will hang from three different spaces as audiences are guided from one room […]

Dance Matters: A Celebration for Carolina Ballet

The company, under director Robert Weiss, turns 15.     Lara O’Brien and Margaret Severin-Hansen (kneeling) in Weiss’ Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Chris Schonwalder, Courtesy CB.     In 1999, to open Carolina Ballet’s second season, founding artistic director Robert Weiss mounted “An Evening Direct from New York,” pulling from the repertoire he knew—that of […]

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