10 Ballets For When You'd Rather Watch Your Literature

When American Ballet Theatre announced yesterday that it would be adding Jane Eyre to its stable of narrative full-lengths, the English nerds in the DM offices (read: most of us) got pretty excited. Cathy Marston’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel was created for England’s Northern Ballet in 2016, and, based on the clips that […]

Michaela DePrince Is Getting A Biopic—And Madonna Is Directing It

Ever since we heard that Michaela DePrince‘s memoir, Taking Flight, was going to be a movie, we’ve been on the edge of our seats waiting for more info. Almost three years later, it’s been worth the wait—we just learned that the Queen of Pop herself will be directing DePrince’s biopic. “Michaela’s journey resonated with me […]

Here's What Some of Our Favorite Ballet Dancers Got Up to on Vacation

Throughout the summer, we’ve been noticing beachside views and scenic waterfalls sprinkled in with all of the usual rehearsal and performance posts we see from ballet’s biggest stars. But even while enjoying some sun and relaxation, dancers like Sara Mearns and Michaela DePrince prove that they never really take a break from ballet. Ahead, check […]

This Syrian Refugee Is Using Dance to Defy Terrorism

Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace. The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a […]

How Dutch National Ballet is Cultivating the Next Generation of Choreographers

“Choreographers don’t just pop up fully formed,” says Ted Brandsen, artistic director of Dutch National Ballet. “It’s a responsibility for us, as company directors, to create room for the new generations of dancemakers.” Knowing the challenges, both artistic and practical, of setting out on a choreographic career, Brandsen has announced a four-pronged strategy for nurturing […]

Is Virtual Reality Ballet the Next Big Thing in Audience Engagement?

Fog envelops you as swans and sylphs flash right past your shoulder. This is Peter Leung’s Night Fall, a new virtual reality 360 dance film featuring Dutch National Ballet. It puts you inside the “white acts” the film portrays as though you were a member of the corps. Over the past year, ballet companies and […]

10 Minutes with Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince has defied the odds again and again. She overcame incredible circumstances, rising from an orphanage in war-torn Sierra Leone to join Dutch National Ballet, where she was recently promoted to grand sujet (demi-soloist). With principal roles and book deals under her belt, DePrince is still doing the impossible—managing her schedule as a college […]

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