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Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Great American ballerinas


All virtual Studio 5 events will be streamed for one week on City Center’s YouTube channel.
Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas is part of City Center’s Live @ Home virtual programming and includes the following events.

Thu Jul 16 at 3pm
On view for seven days through Wed Jul 22
In the first program of the series, NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck, famous for her prodigious technique and musicality, works with former NYCB star and ballet master Merrill Ashley. Ashley created numerous roles for George Balanchine and is credited with establishing unprecedented levels of technique in the 1970s and ‘80s. Together they will explore a selection of Balanchine solos with Ashley coaching Peck live.

Thu Jul 30 at 12pm
On view for seven days through Wed Aug 5
NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns has become known as one of America’s foremost interpreters of the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She explores this classic role live alongside Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili—a former principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and ABT, among others, and widely known as “one of the twelve greatest ballerinas of all time” (Daily Telegraph).

Wed Sep 16 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Sep 22
NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck works with former NYCB ballerina Stephanie Saland on the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic Dances at a Gathering. The only female solo in the hour-long quintessential piano ballet, Saland was coached in the role by Robbins himself who also choreographed a number of roles for her in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Wed Sep 23 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Sep 29
NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns works with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to explore new solo material created for her. Both artists have extended their artistic range in recent years—Tanowitz revealing her distinct choreographic voice through a witty and inventive post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary and Mearns expanding her repertory to include works by modern dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, among others.

Wed Sep 30 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Oct 6
In the final program of the series, Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina with the prestigious ABT, revisits Juliet’s solo scenes in Act Three of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet to demonstrate how a ballerina continually refines her repertory, along with international ballet star and ABT principal dancer Alessandra Ferri.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Fantastic Dance Week streaming from Lincoln Center

Welcome to Dance Week at Lincoln Center at Home from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4. The offerings, which will be streamed at and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page, were filmed during more than 40 years of performances.
Some of the broadcasts have not been seen in decades, including landmark New York City Ballet works by George Balanchine, with some dancers in the roles that Balanchine created for them. Dance Week will include special themed Pop-Up Classrooms, with a full schedule to be announced soon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Ballet Appreciation online! Canadians in Ballet

Frances Chung, San Francisco Ballet

Celine Gittens, Birmingham Royal Ballet

Online lecture: How Canadians are Conquering the Ballet World
Lecturer: Katherine Barber
When you think of hotbeds of balletic talent, Saskatoon and North Bay are not the first places that spring to mind. Yet Canadians are making waves all over the ballet world, often with little recognition at home. Get to know 14 of them in these two entertaining talks, illustrated by video clips, which will also explore the variety of what constitutes “ballet” today.

The videos will be best viewed on a larger screen (ie laptop, tablet) rather than on your phone.

Each talk is about 50 minutes long.

These will be delivered online via Zoom. If you haven't used Zoom before, it's pretty easy.

Payment is by PayPal. You can use your PayPal account if you have one, or if not, you can simply use your credit card via the PayPal link. Just click or tap on the buttons below to take you to your shopping cart. 
You can add both parts to your shopping cart rather than checking out after each one.

Once you sign up, I will send you the link to connect to Zoom.

Tip: if you don't know what time 2pm Eastern is in your time zone, just type "2 pm Eastern Time" into Google and it will convert it for you.

Part 1:
Tuesday 26 May at 2 pm Eastern Time
$15 Cdn including tax

Part 2:
Tuesday 2 June at 2 pm Eastern Time
$15 Cdn including tax 

Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

New York City Ballet free online

WEEK 1: Monday, April 20 – Saturday, April 25 Monday, April 20: 

City Ballet The Podcast
“See the Music” episode on Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s score for George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, featuring NYCB Resident Conductor Daniel Capps and the NYCB Orchestra, with an introduction by NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton
(available at, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Luminary, the iHeartRadio app, and other podcast platforms)
Tuesday, April 21: NYCB Performance
Allegro Brillante
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette
with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director Solo Piano: Susan Walters

(available at,, and from Tuesday, April 21 at 8pm until Friday, April 24, at 8pm EDT)
Friday, April 24: NYCB Performance
Music by Nico Muhly (commissioned by NYCB) Choreography by Justin Peck
CAST: Sara Mearns, Miriam Miller, Sara Adams, Claire Kretzschmar, Brittany Pollack, Unity Phelan, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrew Scordato, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Daniel Ulbricht, Jovani Furlan, Gilbert Bolden III
With the NYCB Orchestra
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director

(available at,, and from Friday, April 24 at 8pm until Monday, April 27 at 8pm EDT)
WEEK 2: Monday, April 27 – Saturday, May 2
Monday, April 27:
City Ballet The Podcast

Episode on George Balanchine’s Apollo
(available at, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Luminary, the iHeartRadio app,

and other podcast platforms)

Tuesday, April 28: NYCB Performance
Music by Igor Stravinsky Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Taylor Stanley, Tiler Peck, Brittany Pollack, and Indiana Woodward
with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director

(available at,, and from Tuesday, April 28 at 8pm until Friday, May 1, at 8pm EDT)

Friday, May 1: NYCB Performance
Ballo Della Regina
Music by Giuseppe Verdi Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Megan Fairchild, Anthony Huxley
With the NYCB Orchestra
Conductor: Andrews Sill, NYCB Associate Music Director

After the Rain Pas de Deux
Music by Arvo Pärt
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

PRINCIPAL CASTING: Wendy Whelan, Craig Hall

(available at,, and from Friday, May 1 at 8pm until Monday, May 4 at 8pm EDT)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Free ballet livestreams

Feeling deprived of ballet because of theatre closures? 

Bolshoi Ballet
will stream on their YouTube channel the following ballet. These are up for only 24 hours.starting at 7 pm Moscow time (noon Eastern time)
Broadcast Schedule:
15.04 - Le Corsaire
18.04 - Spartacus
25.04 - A hero of our time
03.05 - The bright stream
07.05 - Don Quixote

 The Royal Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet has on YouTube a documentary about Vladimir Shklyarov (who looks about sixteen but is in fact in his thirties!) including a performance towards the end of the film of Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort. 

Royal Danish Ballet will be livestreaming Napoli
Note! Depending on your connection, it may take a few minutes for the video to start playing.

Free online course from Harvard.
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots 

Paris Opera Ballet is livestreaming several performances,

   « HOMMAGE À JEROME ROBBINS » -Fancy Free, A Suite of Dances, Afternoon of a Faun, Glass Pieces13 April starting at 7h30 pm CET until 19 avril

From 18 April starting at 19h00 CET until 19 June
CHORÉGRAPHIE : Rudolf Noureev 

Rome Opera Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty, with Marianela Nunez and Vladislav Lantratov 

Dutch National Ballet

has announced that they are looking into what videos they might be able to stream.

Hamburg Ballet

free online streams of John Neumeier ballets from Hamburg Ballet (times are CET, ie 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time)…/news/video_matthaeus_passio…
"St Matthew Passion" ballet by John Neumeier
Stream from Thursday, April 9th Saturday April 18
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography, staging, set design and costumes: John Neumeier
Recorded in 2005 from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, with John Neumeier as Jesus
"The Lady of the Camellias" ballet by John Neumeier based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Stream from Thursday April 16 | Saturday April 25th
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography and production: John Neumeier | Set design and costumes: Jürgen Rose
NDR studio production 1987
"Death in Venice" A dance of death by John Neumeier based on the novella by Thomas Mann
Stream from Thursday, April 23rd Saturday May 2nd
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner
Choreography, staging, lighting concept: John Neumeier
Stage design: Peter Schmidt | Costumes: John Neumeier and Peter Schmidt
2004 recording from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
“Beethoven Project” ballet by John Neumeier
Stream from Thursday April 30th Saturday May 9th
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreography, light and costumes: John Neumeier | Set design: Heinrich Tröger
Recorded in 2019 from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
"Illusions - like Swan Lake" ballet by John Neumeier
Stream from Thursday, May 7th Sat May 16
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography and production: John Neumeier
Choreography ("Second memory"): after Lew Ivanow, reconstructed under the advice of Alexandra Danilova
Choreography (Grand Pas de deux in "Third Memory"): after Marius Petipa and Lew Ivanow
Set design and costumes: Jürgen Rose
Recorded in 2001 from the Hamburg State Opera

La Scala
Tuesday 21 april

Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Peter von Oldenburg

Le Corsaire

Coreografia di Anna-Marie Holmes da Marius Petipa e Konstantin Sergeyev, scene e costumi di Luisa Spinatelli, direttore Patrick Fournillier con 

Nicoletta Manni, Timofej Andrijashenko, Martina Arduino, Marco Agostino, Antonino Sutera, Mattia Semperboni e Antonella Albano.  Teatro alla Scala 2018

Stuttgart Ballet

Astana Opera (Kazakhstan)

Streaming starts at 2 pm UK time during the week and at 1 pm UK time on Saturdays and Sundays
Wednesday April 15 - Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) and Scheherazade
Saturday, 18 April - Manon (MacMillan)

Sunday, 19 April - Beethoven, Immortal, Love - the new ballet by Raimondo Rebeck,

Saturday, 25 April - a double bill of 21st century ballets - How Long is Now? (Raimondo Rebeck) and Sounds of Time (Ksenia Zvereva)

Wednesday, 29 April - Coppelia (Roland Petit version)
Sunday, 3 May - Swan Lake
Saturday, 9 May - Beethoven, Immortal, Love
Here is the Astana Opera website.эксклюзивные-спектакли-астана-опер/
and TengriTV for the streaming is here

Finnish National Ballet

Kenneth Greve's The Little Mermaid starting March 26. Other ballets subsequently. 

Zurich Ballet
Three ballets by Christian Spuck:
Messa da Requiem, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and Mouse King

Vienna State Ballet
April 21 at 19:00 CEST - John Neumeier's Le Pavillon d'Armide & Le Sacre
April 29 at 19:00 CEST - Manuel Legris' production of Le Corsaire  

Northern Ballet
 What's On
  • EGO - watch online at from 7pm on 27 March
  • Dracula - see it on BBC Four and iPlayer in the coming weeks as part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine Season
  • 1984 - for one month only, see Jonathan Watkins' award-winning ballet online at from Friday 3 April
  • Little Red Riding Hood - our ballet for children has been adapted for CBeebies and will be shown for the first time at 9:30am on Good Friday, 10 April
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala - see exclusive extended highlights online from Friday 17 April
And lots more, including:
  • The Making of EGO - an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary into the making of Kenneth Tindall and Dan Lowenstein's new dance film.
  • Exclusive content from our new ballet Geisha
  • Extended footage from Victoria
  • Exclusive dancer Q&As and behind-the-scenes content
Northern Ballet is requesting donations for viewing.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Unique Ballet intensive in the South of France

Dance program
10 am - 12pm Classical
ballet (Thomas Gallus)
2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Repertoire. (Myriam Ould Braham)
4 pm - 5:30pm MacMillan repertoire. (Robert Tewsley)

Myriam Ould Braham, Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Robert Tewsley, Former international Guest Star and Principal Dancer at the National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Royal Ballet, and international stager for the Kenneth MacMillan repertoire.

Thomas Gallus, Director of the Exclusive International Ballet Program, international guest teacher and Ballet Master, former Soloist at the Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet of La Scala in Milan, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bordeaux Opera Ballet.

Ballet pianist Sabine Morris, teacher and accompanying pianist at the Maurice Ravel Conservatory of Music and Dance in Marmande, graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Maximum enrollment: 12 students
Age: 16 -20

Price (Package)

Package includes:
- 5
hours of dance instruction per day for five days accompanied by a live pianist.
- Food (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) with drinks.
- Transport (On arrival
at the SNCF train station in Marmande or Bordeaux Merignac airport and return, as well as between accommodation and studios)
Shared accommodation at Château Mathias (6 nights, arrival July 26th, departure August 1).
- Round tables organized
with the teachers to discuss participants’ artistic and professional development (work methodology, personal advice, support for auditions with professional companies and major ballet schools, orientation recommendations based on the artistic potential of each student).

The price of the package for the Exclusive International Ballet Program is € 1,300.


After deliberation by the jury a prize will be awarded to each of two participants as a reward for their work:

1) The experience of working within an internationally renowned professional company (for 2020 the Czech National Ballet in Prague), dates and duration to be determined by the program director in agreement with the artistic director of the Czech National Ballet.
Travel (from within Europe) and accommodation paid for by the program and the inviting company.
Please note that food is the responsibility of the

2) Participation as a performer at the Gala des Étoiles des Hivernales de la Danse in Liège
Travel (from within Europe) and transport to the hotel with the invited Stars. Accommodation at the hotel and breakfast included; other meals are the responsibility of the student. The prize winner is required to dance in two performances, without remuneration. The program will be determined by the course director after consultation and in agreement with the director and organizer of les Hivernales de la Danse.

- The jury reserves the right not to award prizes.
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Friday, March 6, 2020

Spring 2020 Dance Programs at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the City's efforts to promote social distancing, the Library for the Performing Arts has suspended all programming and events at our location through March 31. At this time, our location remains open during our regular hours.

Please know that this was not an easy decision for us to make since we know how important our programs are to our patrons. However, out of an abundance of caution, we feel that this is the best way that the Library for the Performing Arts can support the City’s efforts to discourage crowds and encourage social distancing during this challenging time.

As we receive new information, we will continue to update you on our website. We are closely monitoring the situation and are working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to ensure that we are following all recommended practices and are supporting the health and wellness of both our staff and our patrons.

Please use the resources on our website or reach out to Ask NYPL with any questions.

Thank you,

Brent Reidy
Interim Executive Director
Library for the Performing Arts

Spring 2020 Dance Programs at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

All events are free and take place at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. Advance registration may be recommended for some events. Please visit for more details. 

Advance registration required

An Evening with Alexei Ratmansky and Myles Thatcher
Classical ballet is not frozen in the past but is a living, evolving art – this conviction provided a shared faith for mentor Alexei Ratmansky and protégé Myles Thatcher. After working together through Rolex’s Mentor and Protege program, Ratmansky and Thatcher come to the Library to talk about the living art of dance.

An Introduction to the George Balanchine Foundation Video Archives
THURS, MAY 21 | 6 PM
For 20 years, the George Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archive has recorded the creators of important Balanchine roles, as they teach and coach the roles with dancers today. Join us for a celebration of the Balanchine Foundation "Interpreters Archive," with rarely seen clips of coaching sessions, and testimonials from great dancers, past and present.  

Willa Kim: Made in New York
Bobbi Owen, curator of the Library's new exhibition The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers, presents a close examination of Willa Kim’s costumes in motion. See Kim’s innovative designs captured in performance footage from Will Rogers Follies, Elliot Feld’s Variations on America and Paper Tiger, plus other works preserved in the Library’s theatre and dance moving image archives.

The NYPL Dance Division and the Queer Quotient
How is dance history a form of queer history? In what ways is the Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts an archive of LGBTQIA+ lives and experiences? In connection with Pride Month at NYPL, dance scholar Paul A. Scolieri explores responses to the above questions focusing on the research for his recent biography of Ted Shawn.

Dance Rewind
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division has an ongoing documentation program dedicated to the recording of live dance performance and dance-related events and panels. This series highlights a selection of these films and videos, which date back to 1967. Dance Division staff will introduce each program, which will range from 60-90 minutes each. 

WED, MARCH 11 @ 1 PM
Suzanne Farrell at New York City Ballet
Two films featuring Suzanne Farrell: Chaconne filmed in 1976, and Union Jack filmed in 1977. Please note both are rehearsals, in practice clothes, with piano accompaniment.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Two works by Paul Taylor: Nightshade and Dust, filmed in 1976 and featuring company members Elie Chaib, Carolyn Adams, Christopher Gillis, Lila York, and David Parsons.

WED, MAY 13 @ 1 PM
Anthony Tudor Works at American Ballet Theater
Two filmed rehearsals of ballets by Antony Tudor: Jardin Aux Lilas recorded in 1972, and The Leaves are Fading from 1975 which features the original cast including Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Harvey, and Jonas Kage.

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