Daily Dance Break: Famous Albrechts – David Hallberg

David Hallberg is the youngest dancer on our list this week, but he’s already made a significant mark on the ballet world.  Hallberg was blessed with an incredible physical faculty, and has a reputation for delving deeply into the characters he plays. To prepare for his debut as Albrecht in American Ballet Theatre’s Giselle he… Read More

Backstage at Sleeping Beauty 2010

Finally, after so many weeks of rehearsing and months of planning, Sleeping Beauty opened tonight to a huge, enthusiastic audience who witnessed a near-miraculously smooth production. So many dancers, crew, musicians, sets, costumes, wigs, special effects, supers, children in this ballet– it’s amazing to me every time a production like this comes together. But it… Read More

Act 4

The (rarely staged) final act of Sleeping Beauty includes the reconciliation of the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse… We’ve had three great performances so far, plus one equally great student matinee, and are in the final stretch of the last three shows. The dancers are more than just hanging in there through their fatigue, which must… Read More