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Published: July 20, 2011
Category: review

When the Star Is the Set: Ratmansky's "Anna Karenina"

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — There was a surprise star of the Mariinsky Ballet’s “Anna Karenina,” which had its U.S. premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House July 11-14, and she wasn’t a member of the famed company from St. Petersburg. Based on a novel by the great Russian realist writer Leo Tolstoy, choreographed by []

Published: June 28, 2011
Category: review

A Near Century Later, Bournonville Thrives

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Judging from its recent, six-performance visit to the former New York State Theater, the world’s third-oldest ballet company has lost none of its famous buoyancy. Not seen in Manhattan for 23 years, the Royal Danish Ballet still jumps as if dancing on a trampoline-lined stage. Which is all to []

Published: March 1, 2005
Category: career talk

Passing the Torch: Coaching in the New York International Ballet Competition

Inside three New York City studios, 48 young ballet dancers work intensely, absorbing three vastly different pieces of choreography. Every second counts as all eyes focus on a coach. This figure—singing out counts, correcting, demonstrating, and encouraging with exclamations like “Breathe. Extend. Good!”—is giving each dancer an invaluable opportunity: A chance to shine at the []