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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: March 29, 2011
Category: review

Counting the Days of Merce's Legacy Tour

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Drawing closer are the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. With the death of its founding choreographer in July 2009, the 15-member ensemble and a roster of avant-garde composer-musicians have been crisscrossing the globe on a two-year Legacy Tour to enthralled audiences. Only 276 days are []