September 14, 1998 |
For a ballet dancer coming back to work after a summer off, bellying up to the barre takes on a whole new meaning. "I was in Spain for three weeks, and I did nothing," said Arantxa Ochoa, 25, an ensemble member of the Pennsylvania Ballet, during a break from a recent class. "This is my third week back, and I'm not yet back in shape. " From a layman's perspective, the layoff didn't appear to have had much of an effect on the classically beautiful, reed-thin Ochoa, but other dancers agreed that the life of a world-class dancer requires almost year-round training.
January 24, 1995 |
Tamara Hadley will take her final bow as prima ballerina with the Pennsylvania Ballet after its February run of Giselle, the troupe announced yesterday. Hadley, 41, will remain with the company as ballet mistress - a job she started part-time last season and will take on full-time after her last performance, Feb. 12. Hadley joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 1975, and was promoted to principal dancer a year later. In her 20-year career with the company, she danced most of the classical repertoire's major roles - including Swanilda in Coppelia, the Sylph in La Sylphide and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.
June 11, 2004 |
Dede Barfield, principal dancer of Pennsylvania Ballet and a recognized luminary for 20 years, is making her swan song with tomorrow's performance in the company's brilliant "Swan Lake," choreographed anew by Christopher Wheeldon. "This time is so different for so many reasons - it's new choreography, new sets, new costumes, new everything," Barfield said recently. In past seasons, she's danced two other versions, including one by George Balanchine. "It's also different because I'm in a different place as a person.
May 23, 1990 |
Christopher d'Amboise, the 30-year-old former New York City Ballet principal dancer and son of dance luminary Jacques d'Amboise, has been named artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Michael Bloom, co-chairman of the search committee, confirmed the appointment yesterday, saying that "although d'Amboise was young in years, he has two qualities that made him especially appealing to the committee . . . he has enough energy to light up the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, yet at the same time he has marvelous maturity and an articulated loyalty to ballet's tradition.
March 7, 1990 |
Lizanne McAdams, who has touched down on as much foreign soil as some airline pilots, is making a brief stop back in her former home of Mount Laurel. The former principal dancer with The Mount Laurel Regional Ballet - now a member of the Oberlin Dance Company in San Francisco - is returning to the area she left about three years ago. On March 18 at noon, she will present a master class in classical ballet at the School of the Mount Laurel Regional Ballet, 216 Church Rd. in Mount Laurel.
October 5, 2012
Yvonne Mounsey, 93, who danced major roles for George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet in the 1950s and went on to found an influential West Coast ballet school, died of cancer Saturday at her Los Angeles home. Ms. Mounsey danced with the City Ballet from 1948 to 1958, rising from soloist to principal dancer. She was born Yvonne Louise Leibbrandt in 1919 on a South African dairy farm outside Pretoria. She began taking ballet lessons at 7 with a former member of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova's company.
January 15, 2000 |
Eurythmics was a movement style of the '30s, when Aryan men celebrated their bodies in public stadiums. In Salvatore Aiello's 1978 Journey, a dozen bare-chested men perform a neoclassical dance that could have been made at the time. It opened the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's four-performance run Thursday night at the Annenberg Center. The men, varying in strength and competence, dance a random series of jetes and tours en l'air. The 12 genuflect on the diagonal, right arms saluting some hidden ideal in the wings.
October 15, 2001 |
A highlight of the 21-day El Festival Cubano was to have been the first appearance in Philadelphia by lead dancers from Conjunto Folklorico Cutumba, a dance company based in Santiago de Cuba. However, due to last-minute visa problems, only two of the group were able to get to the United States to perform here Friday. After working all week with the Philadelphia-based Kulu Mele African American Drum and Dance Ensemble, Cutumba's principal dancer, Odalis Armi?on Devrot, and its director, Idalberto Bandera Sid?, collaborated with the local group in a performance in the Art Sanctuary at the Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Streets.
March 22, 1995 |
Roy Kaiser's tryout has earned him an encore at the Pennsylvania Ballet: The troupe's board yesterday voted unanimously to keep him on as artistic director. Kaiser, 37, was appointed to a one-year term last June after president and artistic director Christopher d'Amboise resigned, saying he couldn't maintain the company's artistic integrity in the face of tightening financial restraints. Kaiser's new contract keeps him in the post at least through August 1997. "I'm excited about it - very excited, actually," said Kaiser yesterday.
April 7, 2009 |
The sun had just set. The wind sure did bite. We went to the theater that blustery night. All we could do was to sit, sit, sit, sit. But we were rewarded with a charming little hit. Saturday night at the Wilma Theater BalletX premiered The Striped Hat, co-artistic director Christine Cox's adorable tip of the hat to Dr. Seuss. A fresh-faced newcomer, Laura Feig, and Kevin Yee-Chan are featured as the restless home-alone siblings who get a timely visit from the fun-loving, trouble-making Cat in the Hat (Tara Keating)