British Show Big Ballet Aims to Encourage Bigger Girls to Keep Dancing

A former dancer for the Royal Ballet is launching a British TV series called Big Ballet aimed at encouraging larger dancers, which is something you just don’t hear enough of (unless you’re re-watching the now-defunct Bunheads, unwilling to accept ABC Family’s capricious decision-making process). » 9/15/13 12:30pm 9/15/13 12:30pm

Greta Gerwig on the Cultish Tendencies of Ballet Class

When future humans look back at the era of gender normative child-rearing, when parents watched their girls stumble around a dance studio and watched their boys try to decapitate a tee-ball stand, they’ll probably draw misguided conclusions, conclusions distorted by a preponderance of archived Dance Moms clips. “Wow,… » 7/13/13 6:00pm 7/13/13 6:00pm

More Bolshoi Ballet Drama: Star Dancer’s Contract Will Not Be Renewed

One of the figures at the center of the Bolshoi Theater’s ongoing shadiness, faded-star Nikolai Tsiskaridze, will soon be out of work: the Bolshoi will not renew the veteran principal dancer and dance teacher’s contract. » 6/09/13 12:30pm 6/09/13 12:30pm

Here's Your Real-Life Nightmare Version of Bunheads

Not to be outdone by the United States in the proud sport of abusing amateur athletes, a Chinese ballet instructor apparently pulled a Mike Rice on her students. A mysterious video recently uploaded to China’s video sharing site Youku features a dance instructor screaming at her students and slapping them into proper… » 4/30/13 10:00am 4/30/13 10:00am

Starz Is Developing a 'Gritty Ballet Drama,' and We Will All Probably…

If you've ever watched Breaking Bad and thought "Hmm... this could use some more pliés!" — get ready. Kill Bill producer Lawrence Bender and Breaking Bad co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett are developing a show for Starz (with a z!) about the troubled lives of professional ballerinas. If you thought it was all… » 1/30/13 9:30am 1/30/13 9:30am

Ballet Director Still Recovering From Having Acid Hurled into His Face

In keeping with the proud tradition of grisly backstage ballet drama that movies have so thoroughly accustomed us to, Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the famed Bolshoi ballet, is still suffering from a vicious attack that took place on Thursday night when someone threw acid in his face. In. His. Face. Though… » 1/19/13 12:00pm 1/19/13 12:00pm

Behind the Scenes of the New York City Ballet

Ballet companies, to those of us not in the know, always seem like the most intriguing places. Like, it seems like a safe bet that they're all haunted by sad 19th century Russian ballerinas who died after being driven to madness by their multiple lovers and now spend their ghost-y days tormenting the living dancers.… » 11/08/12 1:35pm 11/08/12 1:35pm

Bizarre Jellicle Ball Will Make You Yearn for a Kitten and a…

If you aren't on drugs, the idea of wearing a bell-bottom bodysuit and holding a kitten while you dance/do a malfunctioning robot impression probably doesn't sound like that much fun. Or maybe it does, but, if you're going to perform in a cat ballet, you probably should tell people that you're stoned, just as a way to … » 8/16/12 11:15pm 8/16/12 11:15pm

Shonda Rhimes Disappointed in Lack of Diversity on Bunheads

Ballet-oriented TV show Bunheads premiered on ABC Family Monday night, and already, after just one episode, Shonda Rhimes — the creative force behind ABC shows Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal — has a problem with the series. » 6/14/12 12:20pm 6/14/12 12:20pm

Ballet Dancer Fired for Daring to Acknowledge Pressure to be Thin

A soloist at an Italian ballet company has found herself jobless after telling a British newspaper that her company pressures its dancers to be thin. The dancer says that the La Scala's practices have led to an epidemic of eating disorders and fertility problems within the company, and the company claims that's simply … » 2/09/12 1:35pm 2/09/12 1:35pm

Therapy Dog Production of The Nutcracker Is Awesome, Adorable


Today in things I wish I'd known existed one year ago: a suburban Chicago organization that trains therapy dogs puts on an all-canine production of The Nutcracker so successful that tickets to the event last year sold out in four hours. They're taking this year off, but they'll be back in all their adorable dancing… » 12/02/11 7:45pm 12/02/11 7:45pm

What Happened To The Girl From A Very Young Dancer

When I was a kid, there were two best-selling books by photographer Jill Krementz that I read over and over, attempting to soak up the images, the words, the spirit of the narrative. One was A Very Young Gymnast. The other was A Very Young Dancer. In today's New York Times, we find out what happend to the little girl… » 11/17/11 1:25pm 11/17/11 1:25pm