American Ballet Theatre News


by Juan Michael Porter II - May 26, 2016

'La Fille mal gardee', Frederick Ashton has given us folksy innocence, clever games, and sunny smiles. That smile was perfectly embodied by soloist Jeffrey Cirio, making a splendid debut as Colas in the opening performance of this life affirming ballet. He is more than ably assisted by a cast of tremendous artists who give of themselves completely to making these simple country characters sparkle. And what characters! With an opening danced by five chickens -- four hens and one manic rooster -- how could it be otherwise? (more...)

American Ballet Theatre Announces Casting for Fifth & Sixth Weeks of 2016 Spring SeasonAmerican Ballet Theatre Announces Casting for Fifth & Sixth Weeks of 2016 Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Casting for the fifth and sixth weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

Princeton Ballet School Announces Placement Class Schedule for Fall 2016Princeton Ballet School Announces Placement Class Schedule for Fall 2016
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, announces its Placement Class schedule in order to determine fall classes. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 2016 Spring Gala Offered a Delightful Sampling of the Season's RepertoireBWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 2016 Spring Gala Offered a Delightful Sampling of the Season's Repertoire
by Sondra Forsyth - May 20, 2016

On the evening of May 16th 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the beloved troupe that was recognized as 'America's National Ballet Company' in 2006 by the United States Congress proved once again that the American Ballet Theatre is indeed a treasure. Dancegoers in dazzling formal attire were treated to a Spring Gala that eschewed traditional staples and showcased instead an appetite-whetting smorgasbord of excerpts from the spring season as well as a world premiere and the one-act Firebird. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: American Ballet Theatre's SYLVIABWW Dance Review: American Ballet Theatre's SYLVIA
by Wesley Doucette - May 19, 2016

A review of ABT's performance of 'Sylvia' at the Met Opera House. (more...)

New Line Developing Misty Copeland Biopic LIFE IN MOTION; REMEMBER THE TITANS Writer on ScriptNew Line Developing Misty Copeland Biopic LIFE IN MOTION; REMEMBER THE TITANS Writer on Script
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2016

Titled LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA, the project is based on Copeland's biography of the same name. REMEMBER THE TITAN's Gregory Allen Howard will pen the film's script. (more...)

14 Southern California Teens Named Grand Prize Finalists in The Music Center's Spotlight Program14 Southern California Teens Named Grand Prize Finalists in The Music Center's Spotlight Program
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Music Center named 14 outstanding Southern California high school students as Grand Prize Finalists in the 28th annual The Music Center's Spotlight (Spotlight), a free nationally recognized scholarship and arts training program for teens. (more...)

Second Round of Casting Announced for American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring SeasonSecond Round of Casting Announced for American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Casting for the third and fourth weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Jeremy McQueenBWW Dance Interview: Jeremy McQueen
by Barnett Serchuk - May 11, 2016

Founder and Artistic Director of The Black Iris Project, Jeremy McQueen is an award-winning emerging choreographer. A 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago's Choreographers of Color Award and two-time finalist of the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, McQueen's work has appeared at Jacob's Pillow Dance's Inside/Out series (in 2012 & 2013), Dancers Responding to AIDS' Fire Island Dance Festival, the Young Choreographer's Festival, and more. McQueen has appeared in the Broadway National Tours of 'Wicked' and 'The Color Purple', in addition to the Metropolitan Opera's productions of 'Die Fledermaus', 'Aida', 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann', and 'Don Giovanni'. McQueen currently teaches ballet for ABT's and Ailey's educational outreach programs. A graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University B.F.A Program, he's trained as a scholarship recipient with American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. (more...)

EXTRA EXTRA! NEWSIES Cast Member Teaching YOU How To Carry the Banner While on Tour!EXTRA EXTRA! NEWSIES Cast Member Teaching YOU How To Carry the Banner While on Tour!
by Maeve Riley - May 11, 2016

Now here's one headline you WON'T want to miss! As Disney's NEWSIES continues to carry the banner on its National Tour, cast member Nico DeJesus (Romeo) is seizing the day by offering a unique opportunity for dancers and musical theatre performers during the cast's Southern California stop. (more...)

Lorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native ChicagoansLorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native Chicagoans
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

On May 24, The Lorraine Hansberry Awards, presented by Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith and Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre Artistic Director, will honor five women: Micki Grant, Lynn Hamilton, Shauneille Perry, Dr. Glory Van Scott and Camille Yarbrough. (more...)

ABT's Misty Copeland to Appear on CUNY TV's BLACK AMERICA This WeekABT's Misty Copeland to Appear on CUNY TV's BLACK AMERICA This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

The newest edition of the weekly BLACK AMERICA television series with Emmy-winning host Carol Jenkins features an on- location interview with Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first female African-American Principal Dancer, who movingly shares her ambition and discipline to succeed as a role model for 'little brown girls,' particularly in classical dance roles that were considered off-limits to women African Americans. (more...)

Gregory Patterson Named New Managing Director at WaterTower TheatreGregory Patterson Named New Managing Director at WaterTower Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Derek Blount, Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Gregory Patterson as Managing Director. Patterson, the Company's Director of Development and Marketing for the past nine years, will assume his new position effective immediately. The newly created position reports to the Board of Directors. (more...)

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by BWW - May 8, 2016

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FLASH FRIDAY: Memorable Tony Award Acceptance Speeches from Dorothy Loudon, Lily Tomlin and Natalia MakarovaFLASH FRIDAY: Memorable Tony Award Acceptance Speeches from Dorothy Loudon, Lily Tomlin and Natalia Makarova
by Michael Dale - May 6, 2016

Just about every Tony Award telecast contains an acceptance speech that gets a little nutty. (more...)

Polina Semionova Withdraws from ABTPolina Semionova Withdraws from ABT
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Principal Dancer Polina Semionova will take a medical leave during American Ballet Theatre's Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House, withdrawing from all previously scheduled performances, it was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director. (more...)

Photo: First Look - ON THE TOWN's Misty Copeland Gets Her Own Barbie Doll!Photo: First Look - ON THE TOWN's Misty Copeland Gets Her Own Barbie Doll!
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2016

Today, Copeland becomes the newest star to get her own Barbie, part of Mattel's 'You Can Be Anything' campaign. (more...)

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by BWW - May 1, 2016

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces 2016 LineupJacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking ticket sales and attendance of Festival 2015, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival will soon kick-off a new season of exciting programming featuring international artists, world premieres, an impressive number of engagements set to live music, and more than 200 free performances, talks, and exhibits. (more...)

Dance Against Cancer Raises $250,000 for American Cancer SocietyDance Against Cancer Raises $250,000 for American Cancer Society
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Sixth Annual Dance Against Cancer was held on Monday, April 25, 2016.  The event had over 500 guests in attendance and raised more than $250,000 for the American Cancer Society, which will fund lifesaving cancer research and support patient and family service programs like Hope Lodge New York City. (more...)

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