Tag: wendy whelan

The 2021 Dance Magazine Awards Illuminated Possibility and Community

Missed the livestream? Get access to the 2021 Dance Magazine Awards on demand here. One of my favorite things about the Dance Magazine Awards has always been the sense of worlds colliding—the way luminaries from different corners of our industry who you’d likely never see sharing a stage or a program come together for this […]

It’s Time to Acknowledge the Muses

The series, adapted from Sam Wasson’s 2013 biography “Fosse,” originally planned to focus solely on the choreographer. But the creators retooled it to highlight Verdon and Fosse’s creative partnership after they researched the pair and learned just how much Verdon’s vision shaped Fosse’s (and, well, after the #MeToo movement made his behavior seem especially unsavory). […]

Jonathan Stafford and Wendy Whelan Will Lead New York City Ballet

Well over a year after the retirement of Peter Martins, New York City Ballet has announced that former principal dancer Jonathan Stafford will lead the company and its affiliated School of American Ballet as artistic director. Fellow former principal Wendy Whelan will serve as associate artistic director. New York City Ballet is thrilled to announce […]

Balanchine's Ballerinas on What They Learned from Mr. B

George Balanchine famously wrote, that ballet “is a woman.” Four of his most celebrated women—Allegra Kent, Gloria Govrin, Kay Mazzo and Merrill Ashley—appeared onstage at Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute Monday evening to celebrate his legacy. The sold-out program, called “Balanchine’s Ballerinas,” included performances of excerpts from ballets closely associated with these women and a […]

How Can Dance Thrive If We Don't Care About Its History?

When I was a young dancer in Louisville, Kentucky, my ballet teacher used to speak a lot about Merrill Ashley. She brought neoclassical technique to exquisite new heights under Balanchine, and as a technician, she famously paved the way for today’s balletic whiz kids. (Later, when I was a teenager, I was lucky enough to […]

Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Dance Magazine Stories from 2017

2017 has been quite a year here at Dance Magazine. From launching our new website to celebrating the magazine’s 90th anniversary, it’s been a thrilling 12 months. To wrap up the year, the Dance Magazine team took a moment to share each of our favorite highlights. Creative director Raymond Mingst: July’s “The Hall of Fame” […]

#JustDreaming About The Women Who Could Lead New York City Ballet

While it’s appalling that any male leader would use his power to humiliate women, the accusations against Peter Martins opens up a wonderful, rosy possibility. In an email conversation about Martins stepping down temporarily, a friend of mine wrote, “They won’t hire a man in this climate.” I suddenly found myself getting giddy with the […]