Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month. Comings & Goings Bradley Shelver has been appointed artistic director of the newly formed Brooklyn Festival Dance Company. Hanna Kiel has been named choreographer in residence at Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. At Paris Opéra Ballet, Silvia Saint-Martin, Francesco Mura […]
Joffrey Ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels announced Monday that he’ll take his final bow with the company after a performance of Nutcracker on December 29. Born in France, Calmels trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School before moving to the United States to study at the Rock School, Boston Ballet School and School of American Ballet. […]
After days spent rallying against “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer’s flippant comments about boys doing ballet, the dance world triumphed on Monday. Not only did Spencer issue a lengthy on-air apology, complete with an interview with Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall and Fabrice Calmels, but over 300 dancers gathered outside of the “GMA” studios for […]
How Taking Class With 300 Dancers in Front of the "Good Morning America" Studios Reminded Me Why I Love Ballet
At 6:30 this morning, I exited the subway in Times Square and walked towards the group of dancers gathered outside the “Good Morning America” studios. The moment I entered the fray, any lingering early morning grogginess disappeared; the energy in the crowd was palpable. By 7 am, the time that “GMA” goes live to millions […]
"Good Morning America" Host Apologizes for Comments About Ballet, Interviews Male Dancers on Air. It's a Start.
On this morning’s edition of “Good Morning America,” host Lara Spencer did what the dance community has been clamoring for since last Thursday, when her flippant comments about Prince George enjoying ballet lessons provoked widespread outrage: She apologized live on air. “The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am […]
This Sunday, about 50,000 people will be lining up in Staten Island to run 26.2 miles for the New York City Marathon. I’ll be one of them. When I tell people from the dance world that I’m training for what will now be my eighth marathon, most can’t comprehend why I would want to do […]