You'll Recognize These Benois de la Danse Nominees
Each year, the Benois de la Danse selects the best male and female ballet dancer and a top choreographer from an impressive group of international artists. But just because it draws on a worldwide talent pool doesn't mean the names are all unrecognizable. This year's Moscow-based awards highlight the performances of many Dance Magazine favorites—and no less than three former cover stars. Plus, American Ballet Theatre received a nomination in each of the three categories.
This past November, we wrote about Boston Ballet's Misa Kuranaga and her incredible globetrotting career. She's been nominated for her portrayal of Tatiana in Onegin and Medora in Le Corsaire.
Misa Kuranaga as Tatiana. Photo by Gene Schiavone via Boston Ballet Instagram
Choreographer Akram Khan, who appeared on our September 2016 cover, is being lauded for his reimagining of Giselle at English National Ballet. He dished about the creation process in this Q&A, confessing, "This is my first full-length ballet, god help me." Seems like it turned out pretty well.
Back in April 2010, ABT artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky nabbed a DM cover. Needless to say, he's still one of the hottest names in ballet choreography. His nomination is for his Serenade after Plato's Symposium, which we singled out as one of the best performances of 2016.
Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato's Symposium at ABT. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy ABT.
The winners won't be announced until the end of May, but that gives you plenty of time to study up on the international artists you're less familiar with. Check out the full list of nominees below. Let the Google searching, YouTube treasure-hunting and Instagram consulting begin!
María Riccetto. Photo by Santiago Barreiro, Courtesy Ballet Nacional Sodre.
Stella Abrera for Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, American Ballet Theatre
Nina Kaptsova for Short Time Together, Bolshoi Ballet
Misa Kuranaga for Tatiana in Onegin and Medora in Le Corsaire, Boston Ballet
Ludmila Pagliero for Other Dances, Paris Opéra Ballet
Seul-Ki Park for Aegina in Spartacus, Korean National Ballet
María Riccetto for Tatiana in Onegin, National Ballet of Uruguay
Gustavo Carvalho for Don Jose in Carmen, National Ballet of Uruguay
Davide Dato for Abderakhman in Raymonda, Vienna State Ballet
Jae-Woo Lee for Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, Korean National Ballet
Brooklyn Mack for Theme and Variations, The Washington Ballet
Hugo Marchand for Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Paris Opéra Ballet
Denis Rodkin for Solor in La Bayadère, Bolshoi Ballet
Jeffrey Cirio for Colas in La Fille mal gardée and title role in Prodigal Son, American Ballet Theatre
Pite's Seasons' Canon at Paris Opéra. Photo by Julien Behamou, Courtesy POB.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Exhibition, Royal Ballet of Flanders
Edward Clug for Handman, Nederlands Dans Theater
Hyo-Hyung Kang for Into the Pulse, Korean National Ballet
Akram Khan for Giselle, English National Ballet
Crystal Pite for The Seasons' Canon, Paris Opéra Ballet
Alexei Ratmansky for Serenade after Plato's Symposium, American Ballet Theatre
Demis Volpi for Salomé, Stuttgart Ballet
What do Percy Jackson, Princess Diana and Tina Turner have in common? They're all characters on Broadway this season. Throw in Michelle Dorrance's choreographic debut, Henry VIII's six diva-licious wives and the 1990s angst of Alanis Morissette, and the 2019–20 season is shaping up to be an exciting mix of past-meets-pop-culture-present.
Here's a look at the musicals hitting Broadway in the coming months. We're biding our time until opening night!
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.
For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?
Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.