Opera ballet

Backstage at the Paris Opera Ballet Opening Gala with Chanel

Arriving at the Palais Garnier is an almost ecclesiastical experience on any given day, but especially on the evening of the opening gala of the Opéra National de Paris’ dance season. On Friday, guests climbed the grand marble staircase, a piece of theater in itself, which, with its 30-meter high vault, was dressed in a […]

Ballet dancer

Ballet Dancer Gabe Stone Shayer: Force of Nature

Gabe Stone Shayer is the first African-American dancer to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer is held by quite a few children, once they witness for the first time the seemingly effortless grace with which these athletes glide across the floor. From Mikhail Baryshnikov to Margot Fonteyn, […]

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Gabe Stone Shayer on succeeding as a black ballet dancer

Questions and answers The Philadelphia native was recently promoted to soloist with American Ballet Theatre, one of the most distinguished ballet companies in the world. Get wellness tips, workout trends, healthy eating and more straight to your inbox with our Be Well newsletter. Gabe Stone Shayer practicing at the American Ballet Theatre. | Photo courtesy […]

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Pen pal swap turns into close friendship for up-and-coming ballet dancer

What started as a pen pal exchange has become one of the biggest proponents of Emma Tomlinson’s promising ballet career. It was January when a community pen pal project was launched for residents of The Wexford. What started as a pen pal exchange has become one of the biggest proponents of Emma Tomlinson’s promising ballet […]

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Anchorage Ballet Academy troubled by sexual assault allegation against director

Anchorage Ballet, Tuesday, December 19, 2017. (Loren Holmes/DNA) Management at an Anchorage ballet academy decides whether to fire its longtime director after a 27-year-old dance student accused him of sexually assaulting her after a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ earlier this month. The allegation, reported to Anchorage police and made public in a Facebook post last […]

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Donetsk Ballet, Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy returns to Lancaster with ‘The Nutcracker’ | Entertainment

Viktor Yeliohin of the Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy admits he’s a little nice to the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, Clara and an assortment of dewdrops, snowflakes and flowers. As the ballet master of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Yeliohin will mark the 25th annual performance of holiday classical ballet with Ukraine’s Donetsk Ballet Co. from […]

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Retired dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company open their own ballet academy in West Michigan

Picture FileAkop and Gaiane Akopian, former professional dancers with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, opened their own studio, the Michigan Ballet Academy. GRAND RAPIDS – Akop and Gaiane Akopian were stage stars with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company until their retirement. Today, they retire their talents as teachers, choreographers and artistic directors. The married couple […]