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Published: April 1, 2012
Category: history

Maggie Black's transformative approach to ballet training

By Rachel Straus

At the height of her popularity from the late 1960s to the 1990s, Maggie Black could be found teaching a sea of professional dancers, six days a week in her New York City studio. The petite and always charismatic Black was known to demonstrate in pink fuzzy slippers with her hair in pigtails. []

Published: July 1, 2011
Category: history

Melissa Hayden: Ballet’s unstoppable force

By Rachel Straus

At 14, Gillian Murphy remembers walking into her first class with renowned ballerina Melissa Hayden, whose intense demeanor could seem harsh. “She bounded into the room and electrified us with her energy,” says Murphy, now a principal with American Ballet Theatre. “We learned something very important about seizing the moment, pushing []

Published: June 13, 2011
Category: review

Ballet Museum Makes Rare Tour

By Rachel Straus NEW YORK – Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s founding Artistic Director Alicia Alonso, former prima ballerina with the likes of the American Ballet Theater and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, is now nearing 90. Her 52-year-old company, installed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 8 for a rare three-day run, []