Daily Dance Break: Dance in the Wild – After the Rain

In terms of outdoor dance, this one is a doozy. We’ve got San Francisco Ballet Principals Damian Smith and Yuan Yuan Tan performing Christopher Wheeldon’s gorgeous After the Rain on the ocean at sunset. Does it get better? Shouldn’t every dance be performed on the ocean at sunset? Portland audiences may recognize this piece from… Read More

Daily Dance Break: Christmas in July – Matthew Bourne’s “Waltz of the Flowers”

Remember how we talked about all the variety in different versions of the Nutcracker yesterday? Well there is a little more variety headed this way. Often the second act of The Nutcracker takes place in the land of sweets – and Matthew Bourne’s production goes one step further and drops the “Waltz of the Flowers”… Read More

Daily Dance Break: Christmas in July – Bolshoi Ballet

One of the best things about The Nutcracker is that it comes in all different forms. While the music (usually) stays the same, each region and culture adds their own special touch to the holiday classic. Today we have the Bolshoi Ballet performing what we call the “Arabian Coffee” solo in the George Balanchine Nutcracker.… Read More