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Studio 360

“An American in Paris” Dances Its Way to the Stage

Thursday, April 30, 2015

“An American in Paris” is one of Hollywood’s most famous Golden Age musicals. Now it's a Broadway musical, up for 12 Tony Awards.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: David Hallberg

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The acclaimed ballet star loves Bjork & saltines! 

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Studio 360

Shepard Fairey's Street Art Takes Center Stage in Miami Ballet

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Scene: Miami | From WLRN's Arts & Culture Desk | A new ballet pairs one of ballet's most sought-after choreographers, with ubiquitous street artist Shepard Fairey.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

An International Ballet Star on the Dances That Inspire Him

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

“David Hallberg Presents: Legacy” will offer a look at world-renowned ballet companies like The Mariinsky Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet as they perform rarely-seen contemporary works.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Parched West and the Birth of a Theorem

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The great Pacific Coast drought. The life and work of Tennessee Williams. Ballet star David Hallberg. French mathematician Cédric Villani.  

Schoolbook

First Person: New Yorkers on Being 12

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WNYC
Twelve is an age when the world starts opening up. Hear these students sound off on topics like bullying, social media, discipline, dating and friendships. It's not easy being 12. 
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WQXR Blog

New York City Ballet Names Andrew Litton Music Director

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York City Ballet announced on Tuesday that Andrew Litton will be its next music director.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Louis XIV To St. Petersburg To Lincoln Center: The History of Ballet

Friday, December 05, 2014

In this week's Please Explain, we learn about the history of ballet with the Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and the Artistic Director at ABT.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nelson Mandela's Jailer Becomes His Friend, Finding the Virgin Mary in Rwanda

Friday, December 05, 2014

Nelson Mandela's jailer and close friend. Sighting the Virgin Mary in Rwanda. A play about a vacation derailed. And Please Explain on the history of Ballet!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Irina Baronova, Child Star, Leads the Troupe that Introduces Ballet to the United States

Thursday, December 04, 2014

One of ballet’s biggest stars, Irina Baronova, fled Russia during the Revolution, and joined the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, which introduced many to ballet as an art form.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Exploiting the Homeless and Exploring Calorie Counts

Thursday, December 04, 2014

William Hobson investigates a Tampa homeless program, Victoria Tennant on the rise of modern ballet, Elizabeth Gaffney’s new novel, the effects of mandatory calorie counts.

The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: A Sneak Peek at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's New Season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WQXR's Terrance McKnight sits down with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Robert Battle and choreographer Matthew Rushing. Featuring a performance excerpt of the ballet, ODETTA.

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Studio 360

Sarah Jessica Parker's Documentary Series on New York City Ballet Returns

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker's documentary series on New York's famed ballet company has new episodes just as good as the first season. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dancers Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov on Creating an Academy of Classical Ballet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Legendary ballet dancer Gelsey Kirkland and her husband, dancer Michael Chernov, talk about creating The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ashley Bouder and Sara Mearns on Dancing in the New York City Ballet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ashley Bouder and Sara Mearns, principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, talk about their careers as dancers, and the demands and rewards  of dancing in the NYCB.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tanaquil le Clercq: The Tragic Ballerina

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The great American ballet star was a muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins and was the foremost dancer of her day—until she was struck down by polio and paralyzed at the age of 27.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Alan Gilbert performs "A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky," a multidisciplinary, reimagining of Stravinsky’s ballets The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka. New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns stars in the production created by Giants Are Small, the creative team behind "Le Grand Macabre" and "The Cunning Little Vixen."

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Ode to Odette

Saturday, August 24, 2013

For this week’s Saturday morning cartoon we present Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. In 1981, Toei Animation used Tchaikovsky’s music in its anime film "Swan Lake."

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Classics For Kids

Rodeo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Aaron Copland’s Rodeo takes place on a ranch out west. This week on Classics for Kids, saddle up and enjoy the story of the cowboys and girls who gather together for a barn dance to celebrate the end of their week.

Classics For Kids

Meet Agnes de Mille

Saturday, August 17, 2013

From the time she was little, Agnes de Mille loved to dance. During her long career, de Mille helped transform both American ballet and musical theater. This week on Classics for Kids, meet Agnes de Mille.