Sondra Forsyth

Sondra Forsyth


Sondra Forsyth is a member of the Dance Critics Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A former ballerina who danced principal roles with New York Dance Theatre and Huntington Ballet Theatre, she is a faculty member at Centralia Ballet Academy/Ballet Theatre of Washington in Centralia, Washington. Sondra founded Ballet Ambassadors in New York City and was the Artistic Director for 17 years with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She has served as a guest teacher for the American Ballet Theatre open classes and on the faculty of The School at Steps on Broadway, the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Studio de Ballet Opera in Beirut, Lebanon. She was Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director with Jan Hanniford Goetz of Huntington School of Ballet and Huntington Ballet Theatre (now called Long Island Ballet Theatre) on Long Island. Her most notable teachers for dance were David Howard, Frank Ohman, Ana Roje, Mme. Gabriela Darvash, Thalia Mara, and Yurek Lazowski. Sondra is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of and formerly held the posts of Executive Editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, Features Editor at Cosmopolitan, and Articles Editor at Bride’s. Her byline has appeared in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher as well as many major publications. She is the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of twelve books and holds an M.A. from Harvard. Sondra has a grown son and daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandsons.



Posted: Feb. 3, 2020


Posted: Feb. 3, 2020

Posted: Dec. 10, 2019

February 3, 2020

On the afternoon of February 2nd, 2020, a nearly sold-out audience for a performance of Pacific Northwest Ballet's “Cinderella” proved that diehard dancegoers and eager young ballet students will show up in full force even though plenty of other people decide to opt for watching Superbowl Sunday's football game.

December 10, 2019

Fast forward to the afternoon of December 8th, 2019 in Seattle when I was utterly charmed by Pacific Northwest Ballet's faithful yet fresh production of Mr. B's venerable holiday staple, staged by Judith Fugate with PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal and Garielle Whittle.

BWW Review: NYCB's Fall Fashion Gala 2018 with a Moving Speech and 3 World Premieres
September 28, 2018

On the evening of September 27th at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, the annual New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala offered the customary Red Carpet moments as well as a performance that promised three world premieres.

BWW Review: Don't Bother, Me, I Can't Cope, a NEW YORK CITY CENTER ENCORES! OFF CENTER Production with Direction and Choreography by Savion Glover
July 28, 2018

New York City Center Encores! is celebrating its 25th season in 2018. Part of roster of concert productions of American musicals is Encores! Off-Center, founded in 2013 to present productions during the summer. On the evening of July 27th, a sassy and spirited rendering of “Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope” delighted a sold-out house of theater and dance lovers.

BWW Review: The Final Staging of Lucinda Childs' Iconic AVAILABLE LIGHT
July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13th 2018 was not unlucky for me. On that evening, I was fortunate enough to watch the final staging of legendary postmodern choreographer Lucinda Childs' Available Light at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the annual Mostly Mozart Festival during the Lucinda Childs Dance Company's final season. The work, last seen in NYC 33 years ago, is a collaboration among three distinguished artists: Childs, minimalist composer John Adams, and famed architect Frank Gehry.

BWW Review: BalletX Offers a Superbly Danced Triple Bill at the Joyce
July 1, 2018

As one of five troupes showcased during the 2018 Ballet Festival at the Joyce in NYC, BalletX proved once again that its reputation as Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet company is well deserved. I praised BalletX back in August of 2016 and I was pleased to see that on June 30th 2018, the caliber of the choreography and the dancing continues to be first rate.

BWW Review: ABT's DON QUIXOTE, a Tidbit of a Tale That's Chock Full of Festive Dancing
June 27, 2018

American Ballet Theatre's claim that the ballet Don Quixote is ”based on Miguel de Cervantes' sweeping tale of romance and chivalry” is a forgivable exaggeration. Cervantes' lengthy two-part novel does have a mention of the romantic triangle with Quiteria (called Kitri in the ballet), Basilio (the boy-next-door she eventually marries), and Camacho (the bumbling rich man her father wanted her to marry, called Gamache in the ballet).

BWW Review: ABT's Historical Reconstruction of HARLEQUINADE Is (Literally) a Slapstick Romp That Delights the Eyes and Ears
June 9, 2018

In 2018 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa, American Ballet Theatre presented the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's meticulous historical reconstruction of the full-length Harlequinade. His wife, Tatiana Ratmansky, assisted him and appeared as the Good Fairy in some performances.

BWW Review: The Second Annual CHITA RIVERA AWARDS Honored Outstanding Members of the Dance World During a Diverse and Delightful Evening of Performances
May 21, 2018

On May 20th 2018 at NYU's Skirball Center in Greenwich Village, dance lovers were treated to a non-stop evening of award presentations and riveting performances during the second annual Chita Rivera Awards. Known as the Fred and Estelle Astaire Awards from their inception in 1982 until 2017, the awards honor excellence in dance and choreography both onstage and on film.

BWW Review: ABT's Staging of GISELLE Offers Superb Dancing but Misses the Mark During the Iconic Mad Scene
May 20, 2018

Kevin McKenzie, the Artistic Director of American Ballet Theater since 1991, has created an admirably faithful staging of the company's 1987 production of Giselle to the music of Adolf Adam. A veteran himself of the leading role of Albrecht, McKenzie has kept the beloved classic alive for today's audiences with all of the requisite charm and dance mime in Act ! and plenty of eerily dramatic tension in Act II.

BWW Review: ROBBINS 100, New York City Ballet's Homage to the Co-Founding Choreographer
May 13, 2018

New York City Ballet's Centennial Celebration at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center of the 100th anniversary of Jerome Robbins' birth honors the prodigiously gifted dancemaker, the company's Co-Founding Choreographer, with a ballet lover's feast of five programs from May 3rd to May 20th 2018. The run include two world premieres as well as 20 ballets by Robbins. He died in 1998 at the age of 80, but “Robbins 100” shows beyond a doubt that his legacy endures.

BWW Review: NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE's 42nd Annual Gala Raised Funds and Offered Joyous Dancing by the Schoolchildren
May 2, 2018

Nearly 500 guests flocked to the ballroom of the Zeigfield Theatre in NYC on the evening of April 30th 2018 for the 42nd annual Gala of the National Dance Institute (NDI). The non-profit arts education organization was founded in 1976 by renowned former New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise who spoke movingly about the work he clearly loves. The event is the organization's key fundraiser, and this year a whopping $1.5 million was raised. All of the proceeds will go toward supporting and expanding NDI's mission to integrate first-rate dance training into schools during regular class hours rather than at lunchtime or after school. The roster of schools now includes not only NYC schools but also schools in China and Lebanon. Over the course of four decades, NDI has given more than two million youngsters the transformative experience of dancing.

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Offers an Entrancing "All Balanchine" Program
April 30, 2018

On the afternoon of April 29th 2018 at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet proved that the company is still flourishing under the interim direction of a team of four after Peter Martins' resignation. The “All Balanchine” program celebrated the enduring legacy of Mr. B's choreography, and the dancing was mostly magnificent if at times not quite as clean as It should have been in the ensemble work. That has always been an NYCB issue, however, so I won't blame the interim team!

BWW Review: Lar Lubovitch Concludes 50th Anniversary Run with an Impressive Quadruple Bill
April 23, 2018

On the afternoon of April 22nd at the Joyce Theater in NYC, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company gave the final performance of a six-day run that offered three different programs to celebrate Lubovitch's 50th anniversary as an internationally acclaimed choreographer. Program A featured the Martha Graham Dance Company while Programs B added Joffrey principal dancers to Lubovitch's own roster of superb dancers, and Program C added students from the George Mason University School of Dance to the list of performers.

BWW Review: YAGP Final Round and Gala Shone More Brightly Than Ever in 2018
April 21, 2018

The eagerly anticipated 2018 NYC Final Round and Gala of Youth America Grand Prix were the best I've seen in all my years of covering YAGP. On the evening of April 18th at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, the technical prowess as well as the beyond-their-years artistry of the competitors in the Final Round gave credence to YAGP's slogan: “Ensuring the Future of Dance”.

BWW Review: The Choreography for CAROUSEL ON BROADWAY Doesn't Best de Mille's Original Dances
April 16, 2018

Justin Peck, the Resident Choreographer of the New York City Ballet, is listed as the choreographer of “Carousel on Broadway”, currently playing at the Imperial Theatre in NYC. On the afternoon of April 14th 2018, there was still no credit in the Playbill of Agnes de Mille's choreography for the original 1945 production.

BWW Review: BREAKING BREAD WITH BALANCHINE, a Guggenheim Works & Process Treat
April 9, 2018

The Works & Process series at the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in NYC has been giving New Yorkers an up-close-and-personal chance to experience aspects of the creative process for over three decades. One recent installment, a fascinating retrospective entitled “Breaking Bread with Balanchine”, explored Mr. B's passionate involvement with cooking and how his relationship to food influenced his choreography. Food scholar Dr. Meryl Rosofsky researched the “culinary biography” during her resident fellowship at NYU's The Center for Ballet and the Arts.

BWW Review: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Revives “Dougla”, Holder's Incandescent Masterpiece
April 9, 2018

On April 7th 2016 at New York City Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem ably performed an eclectic quadruple bill in which the closer, the late Geoffrey Holder's “Dougla”, was far and away the best of the evening's offerings.

BWW Review: Juilliard Spring Dances 2018, as Superb as Ever Following Larry Rhodes' Retirement
March 26, 2018

Back in December of 2017, I wrote a glowing review for BWW DanceWorld of Julliard's New Dances Celebrating the Legacy of Lawrence Rhodes in honor of his retirement after 15 years as artistic director. I am delighted to report that since then, Taryn Kaschock Russell as acting director of Juilliard Dance has kept the program's excellence alive and even judged it a notch upward in terms of superb dancing and choreography. This was evidenced on the afternoon of Saturday, March 24th 2018 during an almost completely satisfying performance of 'Spring Dances' at Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Carries on with Panache Following Martins' Resignation
February 12, 2018

As reported on and elsewhere in December 2017, the New York City Ballet Board of Directors appointed an interim artistic team in the wake of the leave of absence and subsequent resignation of longtime NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins following accusations against him of sexual harassment.