Category Archives: Ballet

ballet mori: dance with the earth

“In this improvisational performance, SF Ballet Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre responded to a musical composition modulated live by the unpredictable fluctuations of the Earth’s movement as measured in real time by a UC Berkeley seismometer at the Hayward Fault.”

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[Ballet] dancing and pregnancy

originally from the new york times, but locked there, i found this article reprinted in the times argus.

Today, dancing during pregnancy and after childbirth, once a privilege of only the grandest stars, is unexceptional. But for dancers who become pregnant, the body is an instrument of art as well as of motherhood, and those roles can sometimes clash.

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PURE Syndication

PURE is important enough that i dragged myself all the way to new york to see it get started (and missed everything). this is the real thing, and it’s making great progress. and now it’s available in a space, and that means i can make it available here as syndication feed. so, PURE syndication is live. enjoy! Continue reading

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Nathalie Krassovska

A Russian-born ballerina who toured the United States for many years with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was known for her lyricism. She was 86. Continue reading

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Victor Castelli

a soloist with the New York City Ballet; he was 52 Continue reading

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Sofia Golovkina

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in memoriam….

Ludmila Tcherina, dancing star and choreographer of the Grands Ballets of Monte Carlo, became at the age of 15 under the stage name ?Tcherzina? the youngest star in the history of dance.

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Josephine Schwarz

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Josephine Schwarz, who co-founded the nation’s second-oldest regional ballet company 67 years ago, died in her sleep Friday, her family said. She was 95.

With her older sister Hermene, Schwarz co-founded the Dayton Ballet in Ohio in 1937.

Schwarz was a pioneer of the regional ballet movement that instituted professional dance classes, performing standards and choreographic training in cities outside major population centers.

The New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Atlanta Ballet, which also began as a regional troupe, are the only professional ballet companies in the United States older than the Dayton Ballet.

She directed the company for 43 years before retiring in 1980. Although she choreographed more than 75 works, she was best known as an exacting teacher and director.

She sent dancers to Broadway and to companies including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet.
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The Bolshoi ordered to reinstate Anastasia Volochkova

from the New York Times (and several others… )

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Lotte Berk

LONDON (AP) German-born dancer and teacher Lotte Berk, who used her training as the basis for an exercise program that became popular with the stars, died Nov. 4. She was 90.

Berk started modeling at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art and later danced with the Ballet Rambert at London’s Covent Garden. During World War II, she entertained British troops.

She developed her dancer’s training regime into a set of exercises that improved muscle tone and posture, including a series of somewhat raunchy stretches with such names as “The Prostitute.”

At 46, she opened her women-only studio in London’s Manchester Street. Clients included actresses Joan Collins and Sian Phillips, singer Barbra Streisand and model Yasmin Le Bon. Continue reading

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