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Published: November 14, 2011
Category: review

Nina Ananiashvili, One-woman Show

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Like her legendary predecessor Anna Pavlova, Nina Ananiashvili is that rare ballet dancer whose powers don’t weaken with age. Pavlova toured the world performing “Dying Swan” into her forties; Ananiashvili, now 46, graced the Avery Fisher Hall stage on Nov. 5 as the Swan, one of four works danced []

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: 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 []