George Balanchine News

Megan Fairchild Joins Faculty of Allen Civic Ballet's Summer Program, 6/10-12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Megan Fairchild, principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, will be a member of the faculty for the Allen Civic Ballet's Summer Program from June 10-12, 2014 in Allen, Texas. (more...)

Paola Hartley & Astrit Zejnati Sign On as Faculty Members for Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive, 7/28-8/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Paola Hartley and Astrit Zejnati, principal dancers of Ballet Arizona, will be members of the faculty for the Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive from July 28-August 1, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. (more...)

Virginia Arts Festival to Welcome Dance Theatre of Harlem & Richard Alston Dance Company in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Virginia Arts Festival presents Dance Theatre of Harlem on May 17 and 18 in Norfolk and Richard Alston Dance Company on May 21 and 23 in Norfolk and Williamsburg in this year's Dance Series. The 2014 Festival features two world-class companies who have rewritten the rules for these art forms. (more...)

American Ballet Theatre Announces First Two Weeks of 2014 Spring Season Casting
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2014 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Balanchine and the Lost Muse Presented by Elizabeth Kendall and Troy Schumacher
by Marjorie Liebert - Apr 22, 2014

Elizabeth Kendall, a dance and culture critic as well as a professor at the New School, presented a lecture/dance demonstration based on her 2013 published book, Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the making of a Choreographer, at the 92nd St. Y. (more...)

New York City Ballet's Spring 2014 Gala to Feature Sufjan Stevens, CAROUSEL and Kristen Bell, 5/8; Spring Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

New York City Ballet's 2014 Spring Season will open on Tuesday, April 29, with a one-week Festival of 21st Century Choreographers featuring 11 ballets by 10 different choreographers - Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner, and Christopher Wheeldon - as well the world premiere of a piece d'occasion by the artist JR, which will debut on opening night. (more...)

New York City Ballet Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center with Spring Gala on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

New York City Ballet announced today that its 2014 Spring Gala on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm will feature a special one-time-only program designed by NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) at Lincoln Center, as well as celebrate its future with a World Premiere ballet by choreographer Justin Peck and composer Sufjan Stevens. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ballet West Presents World Premiere of THE RITE OF SPRING
by Melissa Hurst - Apr 14, 2014

CARMINA BURANA, DON QUIXOTE, THE NUTCRACKER and More Set for Richmond Ballet's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Richmond Ballet is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2014-15 season, a season that will include a three-production residency at the Carpenter Theatre beginning in late October, as well as a three-part Studio Series that will once again open the season beginning in September. The 2014-15 season will feature the return of one of the most popular pieces from the Ballet's repertory in Carmina Burana, John Butler's impassioned masterwork, set to Carl Orff's musical triumph of the same name. Nicolas Beriozoff's Don Quixote, a thrilling full-length ballet alive with flair and some of the best music ever written for ballet in the memorable score of Ludwig Minkus, is also set to return to the Carpenter Theatre stage this season. The holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, will once again be part of the Ballet's much anticipated Carpenter Theatre residency. (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Now thru 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 2013-2014 season with George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. A complete delight for all ages, this full-length ballet is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures, quarrels and reunions of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. Balanchine's Midsummer, which New York City Ballet premiered in 1962, was the first original evening-length ballet he choreographed in America. Staged by PNB Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell, PNB's production is an enchanted landscape where misunderstandings and mayhem weave tangled paths through the opulent layers of Martin Pakledinaz's designs and Balanchine's marvelously crafted partnerings. All ends well in Act II's wedding festivities with the recognition of ideal love, tenderly portrayed in an exquisite pas de deux. A Midsummer Night's Dream plays for eight performances only, tonight, April 11-19 at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206. 441.2424, online at, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street. (more...)

Houston Ballet Academy to Present Spring Showcase 2014, 4/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

On Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m., Houston Ballet II and the entire school will present its 2014 Spring Showcase in the Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 713 227 ARTS (713 227 2787) or online at All proceeds raised by the performances will benefit Houston Ballet Academy. (more...)

The Houston Ballet's Academy Presents the 2014 SPRING SHOWCASE, 4/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

On Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m., Houston Ballet II and the entire school will present its 2014 Spring Showcase in the Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 713 227 ARTS (713 227 2787) or online at All proceeds raised by the performances will benefit Houston Ballet Academy. (more...)

The School of American Ballet Announces 2014 WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE BENEFIT, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

The School of American Ballet announces the Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, celebrating 50 years of these annual performances. Tickets and tables will be available in mid-April. For more information, please contact the special events office at SAB at (212) 769-6610. (more...)

Works by Robert La Fosse, Andrea Miller & More Set for Barnard/Columbia Dances, 4/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

New dances by Robert La Fosse and Andrea Miller, plus Twyla Tharp's 'Treefrog in Stonehenge'-- each created with the fresh vibrancy of youth in mind -- will be showcased during Barnard/Columbia Dances at Miller 2014, April 25 and 26. The short, but packed season also features 'Lamentation Variations,' a series of new interpretations of Martha Graham's 1930 iconic solo. (more...)

American Cancer Society Benefit DANCE AGAINST CANCER Set for 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Producers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht have partnered with the American Cancer Society to present the fourth annual Dance Against Cancer on Monday, May 5, 2014 with cocktails at 6pm (VIP ticket only), followed by a performance at 7pm, and a post-show reception at the AXA Equitable Theater, 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets), NYC. Tickets are $150 ($300 for VIP) and are available at (more...)

Northrop Welcomes American Ballet Theatre's GISELLE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Northrop at the University of Minnesota reopens today, April 4, 8:00 pm with its Northrop Inside Out Grand Reopening Gala. The opening night gala features American Ballet Theatre, America's National Ballet Company performing the classic romantic ballet Giselle with live orchestra, a post-performance dessert and champagne reception, and Northrop Inside Out After Dark dance party featuring a live DJ and special performances. (more...)

Nashville Ballet to Debut New Collaboration with Ben Folds & Nashville Symphony in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Nashville Ballet combines two 20th century masterpieces - Serenade and Petite Mort - with a world premiere from multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony to create The Ben Folds Project, May 2-4 at TPAC's Jackson Hall. Folds debuted the music from his piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony March 13-15, but will combine it with original choreography from Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling in this world premiere. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at (more...)

STAGE TUBE: NY Public Library Digitalizes Thousands of Hours of Jerome Robbins Dance Videos
by Stage Tube - Apr 03, 2014

Newly digitized dance videos and films available on-site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts include: (more...)

UW World Series Presents Seattle Premiere of BALLET DU GRAND THEÂTRE DE GENÈVE, Now thru 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Appearing in Seattle for the very first time, Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve has a rich, century-long history in Switzerland. Known for its exceptional, classically trained dancers and a repertory of varied works by today's leading choreographers, the company is considered one of the most original and inventive dance companies in Europe. For their Seattle debut, Ballet Geneve will perform the evening-length Preludes et Fugues by acclaimed Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat, an hypnotic reflection on human interaction set to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier performed to live, solo piano by Brooks Tran. (more...)

Dance Theatre of Harlem's 2014 NYC Season to Celebrate 45 Years, 4/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

In celebration of its 45th anniversary, Dance Theatre of Harlem's 2014 New York City season at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall was announced today by executive director Laveen Naidu and artistic director Virginia Johnson. There will be six performances from April 23 through April 27. (more...)

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