His Ballets

Supplemental Resource for Alastair Macaulay Interview on ‘Serenade’

Posted by on 01.23.2017

This week on the “Conversations on Dance” podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with New York Times Chief Dance Critic, Alastair Macaulay.  For the past 30 years Alastair has been researching George Balanchine’s ’Serenade’ and has recently complied his work into a Symposium at the New York Public Library entitled “Balanchine’s Serenade: An Evening of Films, Commentary, and Memories.”  Today he sits down with us to discuss this historical and iconic ballet and it’s history.  Click here to listen.  This is one of our more technical episodes, so we suggest reviewing the ballet after listening to the podcast. Below, find a list of...

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Summer Teaching Diaries: Fostering Young Dancers’ Love for Ballet

Posted by on 07.22.2014

Dancers all know that more work is put in offstage than onstage.  The same goes for young people studying ballet.  Though they may not be assigned “homework” as they are in school, education outside the studio is just as important as the education they are receiving at the barre. There are many small dance studios across the country and around the world. Not every aspiring dancer has the great fortune of attending a professional school where the tradition of ballet surrounds them day in and day out. Not every student has access to professional quality performances, showcasing generations of beloved productions. However, in today’s high-tech society,...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: La Valse

Posted by on 04.01.2013

George Balanchine’s La Valse has been a staple of Miami City Ballet’s repertoire for years.  Not only have we performed this excellent work all across South Florida, we waltzed on the Parisian stage where the music premiered in 1920.  Since performing this ballet in a beautiful theater with such history, this Balanchine work has become incredibly close to our hearts. I recently decided to delve more into the story and premise in order to have a more complete understanding of Balanchine’s vision.  He choose to create a plot within this 30 minute work, but as is often the case with Balanchine choreography, the story is complex and open for...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: Apollo

Posted by on 01.19.2013

I am ashamed to admit it, but until the beginning of this season, I had never seen George Balanchine’s Apollo. OK, well maybe I had seen it, but I had never really seen it.  Life changed for me on that Thursday evening sitting in the house of Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  I know that sounds dramatic, but it gave me a whole new respect for Balanchine’s choreography (and if you are a regular reader, you know I am already a big fan.) The morning after my first real viewing of Apollo, I sat with my coffee and my Balanchine books to study up on the ballet’s story and history before seeing it again that evening.  I...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: Theme and Variations.

Posted by on 11.10.2010

In 1947 Ballet Theater commissioned George Balanchine to create a ballet on their dancers.  They requested “ballet in the grand manner” and they got exactly what they were looking for.  With Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 to inspire him, Balanchine created a ballet that some will say is closer to Petipa than any other ballet he created.  The ballet premiered in November 1947, starring Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch. Theme has always been an important part of American Ballet Theater’s repertory.  Balanchine brought this ballet to his own company in 1960, with Violettte Very and Edward Villella in the principal roles. Dancers who have performed...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: La Sonnambula.

Posted by on 08.02.2010

Day One of our 2010-2011 season is over. It was a long day of rehearsals and now its time to kick back, relax, enjoy a delicious dinner, and perhaps a glass of wine? (It helps to relax the muscles right?) It is always fun and exciting to start working on a new ballet and right off the bat we started with a Balanchine ballet that I have yet to see, but already can’t wait to perform. ©Miami City Ballet This season in Program II we will be performing “La Sonnambula.” Our first rehearsal today was for the corps dancers, or “The Guests,” and I thought I would take a moment to share with you the story and premise behind this ballet. New...

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