Performances Onstage This Month

Caribou in Carolina Helen Simoneau Danse. Photo by Charles Zovko, courtesy In The Lights PR. NC tour A Canadian who lives in North Carolina, choreographer-on-the-rise Helen Simoneau is using her newest evening-length work, Caribou, to take a closer look at heritage, assimilation and identity. She studies these ideas through the iconic caribou—an enormously antlered animal […]

Three Viral Dance Moments Taking the Internet by Storm

The past two weeks have been a magical time on the internet, with dance taking center stage. These three viral moments garnered millions of collective views and brought ballet, tap and hip hop to many a smartphone screen. 1. Pennsylvania Ballet tackles a rude football fan.  No one needs to tell us that ballet is a fierce art. […]

Stepping Into the Role

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Company Experience gives aspiring professionals a taste of the ballet life. Arantxa Ochoa coaches students with the intensity of a ballet mistress. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy PAB A group of young women in colorful ballet skirts waits quietly for Arantxa Ochoa to start. The director of The School of […]

What's the True Cost of 10 Lords-a-Leaping?

Just how expensive would it be to surprise your friends with 10 lords-a-leaping for the holidays? If the performers are men from Pennsylvania Ballet, it would cost exactly $5,508.70. While it would be much easier (and cheaper) to catch a run of PA Ballet’s Nutcracker, the high price tag is reason for dancers to celebrate. Why? Over […]

2015 Summer Study Guide: Considering Choreography

Could an intensive’s repertoire offerings be the key to your summer growth? Students of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet. Ballet students live for “aha” moments, those little revelations that change the way you dance. And surprisingly often, those moments come outside of technique class, when you’re pushing yourself […]

On the Rise: Lillian Di Piazza

The Pennsylvania Ballet soloist transforms for classical and contemporary roles alike. Di Piazza in Coppélia. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet. With an easy elegance, 24-year-old Lillian Di Piazza gravitates to lyrical roles. But she’ll take on any challenge. Promoted last season from the corps to soloist, she shifts from percussive jazziness to supple […]

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