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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 []

Published: January 1, 2011
Category: profile

The New Détente: Valentina Kozlova

In a studio with garnet red walls that evoke a belle époque parlor, Valentina Kozlova coaches 16-year-old Veronica Verterich in the Grand Pas Classique. Kozlova danced Classique when it received its premiere with the Bolshoi Ballet. Now she is preparing her student, who will perform the solo in Moscow in two weeks’ time. Historic []

Published: November 7, 2005
Category: profile

A Grandiva Diva: Ian Archer-Watters

By Rachel Straus

A dancer laces a pair of size 11 double-wide pointe shoes around each calf. Making one last check in the mirror for makeup and hair, Ashley Merrill-Lynch moves with the other corps de ballet members to the stage wings. One by one, the dancers step under the blazing lights, each executing []