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Home From Battle, An Iraq War Vet Teaches Ballet

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Roman Baca is an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company. He has toured veterans hospitals and military bases around the world with his ballet "The Homecoming," which is about service members dealing with homesickness and the experiences of their loved ones waiting at home. He is heading back to Iraq, but this time as a dance teacher.

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WQXR Blog

Two Dance Luminaries Take Big Leap with Ballet Next

Monday, November 21, 2011

A new ballet company, directed by two principal dancers of two major companies, made its debut Monday night at the Joyce Theater. WQXR's Janet Babin reports.

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Soundcheck

Beatles 2K11: Paul on Pointe

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In what seems like an annual ritual, The Beatles have invaded pop-culture conversations, thanks to a new George Harrison documentary, a John Lennon biography and Paul McCartney’s collaboration with New York City Ballet. In the first of a three-part series, we start with a review of “Ocean’s Kingdom,” McCartney’s first ballet score. We’re joined by Jennifer Homans, dance critic for The New Republic and author of the ballet history “Apollo’s Angels.”

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Features

Paul and Stella McCartney Sell Out City Ballet Season Opener

Friday, September 23, 2011

New York City Ballet had a sellout crowd at its fall season opener on Thursday thanks to the music of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and costumes created by his daughter, the superstar designer Stella McCartney.

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The Takeaway

Paul McCartney on His First Ballet, 'Ocean's Kingdom'

Friday, September 23, 2011

Last night in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center in New York, Sir Paul McCartney premiered his first ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom." It's a surprising new chapter from a man who can't read or write music. The ex-Beatle spoke to the BBC about his latest artistic effort.

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WQXR Blog

Paul McCartney Ballet Opens at Lincoln Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011

WNYC

New York City Ballet’s fall season opened to a sellout crowd last night, with the world premiere of Ocean’s Kingdom. Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, wrote the original orchestral score, his first for a ballet. His daughter, acclaimed clothing designer Stella McCartney created the costumes. New York City Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins choreographed the work on City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Robert Fairchild.

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Operavore

Should Opera Companies Feature More Ballet?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Many of the world's great opera companies double as ballet companies, including those in London, Paris and Russia. But has anyone lately mentioned the Metropolitan Opera Ballet? On WQX-Aria, blogger Fred Plotkin has a proposal for the Met.

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Features

Dance Magic: Ballet Nacional de Cuba Comes to Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Starting Wednesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Cuban dance will be less about conga drums and hip isolations and more about soaring grand jetés and arabesques.

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The Takeaway

Intrepid Deck Becomes Ballet Stage for Vets

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day is coming up on Monday. Over the last few years, we’ve spoken with veterans to see who they’re remembering. Last year we spoke to veteran Joe Sturm about three men from his battalion who were killed in Afghanistan. But Joe is finding this Memorial Day more difficult than most, as he reflects on the ten years since the war began. Also with us is Roman Baca, an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company which stages "The Homecoming," a ballet about the Iraq War, on the Intrepid military ship this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. 

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Features

Get Your Dance Shoes On: From Samba to Circus, the Dance Parade Shimmies Downtown

Friday, May 20, 2011

From Bulgarian folk dance to New York pole dancing, the New York Dance Parade will be shimmying, swinging and pirouetting downtown on Saturday.

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WNYC News

New York Works: Catching Up with a Real-Life Ballerina

Monday, May 16, 2011

Countless children dream of being a ballerina when they grow up, but very few will ever become professionals. Most all of us ever see of ballerinas is the finished product — the tutus, tiaras, and flawless performances. WNYC's Tracey Samuelson brings us this look behind the red velvet curtain with a dancer from the American Ballet Theater in New York.

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Features

What Do I Want? I Wanna Be A Rockette.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Even though most of us are just beginning to bring out the summer frocks and flip-flops, some folks are already planning for winter. This Tuesday's open casting call for The Rockettes in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular drew hundreds of women, all of them vying to take to the stage as members of the high-kicking, high-energy dance team.

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Features

Cuban Dance Group Makes US Debut

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More than fifty years since its founding, Cuba's premier modern dance troupe hits U-S soil for the first time. On Tuesday evening, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba begins a twelve-night stint at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea as part of the Si Cuba! festival.

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Features

No Contract, No Dancing? City Ballet Fails to Reach Agreement with Dancers

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Contract negotiations between the union representing dancers at the New York City Ballet and the company's management are "headed for disaster," according to the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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Features

'Black Swan' Helps Sell Seats for 'Swan Lake'

Monday, February 21, 2011

The New York City Ballet has already sold out its run of "Swan Lake." Some say that's due to the Oscar-nominated film "Black Swan."

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Features

Dancers' Union Files Labor Charge Against NYC Ballet

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

There's drama behind the scenes at City Ballet after the troupe announced the creation of a smaller touring company.

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Features

Retro and Traditional Nutcrackers Take the Brooklyn Stage

Friday, December 17, 2010

Two very different adaptations of E.T.A. Hoffman's novelette are being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month. Through Sunday, the Mark Morris Dance Group brings its "The Hard Nut" back after an eight-year absence. Then Alexei Ratmansky's "Nutcracker" with the American Ballet Theater takes the stage.

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Features

The "Trocks" in NYC: Lashes, Tutus and Extra-Large Pointe Shoes

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The New York City-based ballet company "Les Ballets de Trockadero de Monte Carlo"  kicked off a three-week season of ballet and comedy on Tuesday night, with extra-large pointe shoes poised to crack up audiences. Check out WNYC's rehearsal slideshow here.

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The Takeaway

American Ballet Theates Travels to Cuba After 50 Year Hiatus

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The American Ballet Theatre traveled to Cuba for the first time in 50 years to participate in the 22nd Havana International Ballet Festival. The last time the dance company took the stage in Cuba, Fidel Castro had just taken power. We hear music from the Karl Marx theatre and talk with Rachel Moore, the executive director of the American Ballet Theatre, about the trip.

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Features

Questions for Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet

Friday, June 25, 2010

Peter Martins, New York City Ballet's ballet master in chief, talks about his off-stage interests for a behind-the-scenes moment at the WNYC studios.

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