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By Eric Siegel | September 29, 1991
The Maryland Ballet will present 14 performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 11-22 at the Lyric Opera House with a full orchestra and four dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, the company announced last week.The production is being staged with Baci Management Inc., a local concert presenter that last year brought the Donetsk Ballet's version of the beloved holiday classic to the Lyric while the Maryland Ballet presented its "Nutcracker" at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium."We decided that instead of competing, let's make one fabulous production that's going to start a real tradition here," said Daniel Kane, the Maryland Ballet's executive director.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Callbacks in Los Angeles (actually Pasadena), where 157 hopefuls will be winnowed down to 20 finalists. There will be tears, injuries and mental breakdowns, one assumes. Joining Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe at the judges' table are Adam Shankman (choreographer and film director), Stephen "Twitch" Boss (former contestant and "So You Think You Can Dance All-Star"), Tara Lipinski (former figure skater) and Irina Dvorovenko (prima ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre). The first round is a reprise of solo auditions.
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By J. L. Conklin | January 16, 1991
American Ballet Theatre opened its season and two-week engagement last evening at the Kennedy Center with few hints of the financial and artistic troubles that nearly toppled this esteemed and talented company.Company directors Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith, who took over the reins from Mikhail Baryshnikov in September 1989, wisely delved into ABT's vast and eclectic repertoire and pulled out works that have served the company well in the past.Opening the program was George Balanchine's "Ballet Imperial," a single-act ballet that pays homage to the St. Petersburg Ballet style that the choreographer knew so well.
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By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY and MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER | May 7, 2006
THE SUNLIGHT POURING THROUGH THE LONG rectangular windows of an American Ballet Theatre rehearsal hall is cool, thick and faintly golden, like cream. A pianist taps out the music of French composer Leo Delibes on the beat-up black instrument in the corner of the cavernous Studio No. 5. Dancer Michele Wiles hops up and down delicately on one pointe-shoed foot. The other leg is extended straight behind her, and her arms arc gracefully. Each soft lift and landing is so precise, Wiles almost seems to be digging a small hole in the ground, about the right diameter for planting a tulip bulb.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
Members of the Ballet Royale Company in Columbia routinely practice 25 to 30 hours a week, knowing the payoff is in the performance. Their reward for months of hard work will be particularly sweet next week, when the troupe's mostly teen-age dancers share the stage with five professionals from the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. The April 3 event, "A Gala Evening of Dance," is a fund-raiser for the company and its scholarship program. "We're all really excited for it," said Jennifer Radcliffe, 16, a junior at River Hill High School.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | March 2, 1995
"Manon," Kenneth MacMillan's star-studded ballet that opened American Ballet Theatre's engagement at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night, is a morality tale in a soap opera.The story revolves around Manon, danced with wonderful abandon by Amanda McKerrow, a convent-bound teen-ager who makes bad decisions. She chooses physical love over the spiritual, then money over love, and consequently destroys her friends, her true love and herself.The music of Jules Massenet moves "Manon" along through its three acts.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | December 27, 1992
It's the time of year when we often find ourselves falling almost uncontrollably in and out of nostalgic reveries. This can be brought on by radio stations playing the year's top songs, by writing or receiving holiday letters or by reading lists written by people like myself, who wistfully remember the best and sometimes worst events of the past year.As dance years go, 1992 was slightly above average. Any dance fan hopes to get lucky at least once during the season and come away from a performance with all sensibilities satisfied.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 4, 2001
Imagine dancing eight to 10 hours a day, for weeks at a stretch. That is what summer is like for many dance students participating in "summer intensive" programs across the United States. Usually affiliated with professional dance companies such as the Joffrey Ballet or American Ballet Theatre, the summer programs offer to students the opportunity to improve technique, learn various styles, and meet professional and amateur dancers from across the country. Dancers say that these concentrated programs are worth the expense and the wear and tear on their bodies.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 2, 2006
The Kennedy Center will be awash in "sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not" during the six-month Shakespeare in Washington festival that starts in January. But that's just a portion of a typically wide-ranging lineup for 2006-2007, announced yesterday. The many Bard-related items include performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Coriolanus), Kirov Opera (Verdi's Falstaff) and Kirov Ballet (Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet). The center will revive the 1961 Bob Merrill-Michael Stewart musical Carnival!
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Evening Sun Staff | December 12, 1991
ASK ANYONE who knows dancer Julie Kent what makes her so successful at age 22 and they'll tell you in a word that she's a natural.After all, she was asked to join the American Ballet Theatre in New York before she had even finished the 11th grade at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md.At 17, she made her film debut in the movie "Dancers" opposite Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. And her rise through ABT, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, has been meteoric, placing her in the ranks of soloists after only four years.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 2, 2006
The Kennedy Center will be awash in "sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not" during the six-month Shakespeare in Washington festival that starts in January. But that's just a portion of a typically wide-ranging lineup for 2006-2007, announced yesterday. The many Bard-related items include performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Coriolanus), Kirov Opera (Verdi's Falstaff) and Kirov Ballet (Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet). The center will revive the 1961 Bob Merrill-Michael Stewart musical Carnival!
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
Members of the Ballet Royale Company in Columbia routinely practice 25 to 30 hours a week, knowing the payoff is in the performance. Their reward for months of hard work will be particularly sweet next week, when the troupe's mostly teen-age dancers share the stage with five professionals from the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. The April 3 event, "A Gala Evening of Dance," is a fund-raiser for the company and its scholarship program. "We're all really excited for it," said Jennifer Radcliffe, 16, a junior at River Hill High School.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 4, 2001
Imagine dancing eight to 10 hours a day, for weeks at a stretch. That is what summer is like for many dance students participating in "summer intensive" programs across the United States. Usually affiliated with professional dance companies such as the Joffrey Ballet or American Ballet Theatre, the summer programs offer to students the opportunity to improve technique, learn various styles, and meet professional and amateur dancers from across the country. Dancers say that these concentrated programs are worth the expense and the wear and tear on their bodies.
FEATURES
By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | March 2, 1995
"Manon," Kenneth MacMillan's star-studded ballet that opened American Ballet Theatre's engagement at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night, is a morality tale in a soap opera.The story revolves around Manon, danced with wonderful abandon by Amanda McKerrow, a convent-bound teen-ager who makes bad decisions. She chooses physical love over the spiritual, then money over love, and consequently destroys her friends, her true love and herself.The music of Jules Massenet moves "Manon" along through its three acts.
FEATURES
By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | December 27, 1992
It's the time of year when we often find ourselves falling almost uncontrollably in and out of nostalgic reveries. This can be brought on by radio stations playing the year's top songs, by writing or receiving holiday letters or by reading lists written by people like myself, who wistfully remember the best and sometimes worst events of the past year.As dance years go, 1992 was slightly above average. Any dance fan hopes to get lucky at least once during the season and come away from a performance with all sensibilities satisfied.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Evening Sun Staff | December 12, 1991
ASK ANYONE who knows dancer Julie Kent what makes her so successful at age 22 and they'll tell you in a word that she's a natural.After all, she was asked to join the American Ballet Theatre in New York before she had even finished the 11th grade at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md.At 17, she made her film debut in the movie "Dancers" opposite Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. And her rise through ABT, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, has been meteoric, placing her in the ranks of soloists after only four years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Callbacks in Los Angeles (actually Pasadena), where 157 hopefuls will be winnowed down to 20 finalists. There will be tears, injuries and mental breakdowns, one assumes. Joining Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe at the judges' table are Adam Shankman (choreographer and film director), Stephen "Twitch" Boss (former contestant and "So You Think You Can Dance All-Star"), Tara Lipinski (former figure skater) and Irina Dvorovenko (prima ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre). The first round is a reprise of solo auditions.
NEWS
By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY and MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER | May 7, 2006
THE SUNLIGHT POURING THROUGH THE LONG rectangular windows of an American Ballet Theatre rehearsal hall is cool, thick and faintly golden, like cream. A pianist taps out the music of French composer Leo Delibes on the beat-up black instrument in the corner of the cavernous Studio No. 5. Dancer Michele Wiles hops up and down delicately on one pointe-shoed foot. The other leg is extended straight behind her, and her arms arc gracefully. Each soft lift and landing is so precise, Wiles almost seems to be digging a small hole in the ground, about the right diameter for planting a tulip bulb.
FEATURES
By Eric Siegel | September 29, 1991
The Maryland Ballet will present 14 performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 11-22 at the Lyric Opera House with a full orchestra and four dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, the company announced last week.The production is being staged with Baci Management Inc., a local concert presenter that last year brought the Donetsk Ballet's version of the beloved holiday classic to the Lyric while the Maryland Ballet presented its "Nutcracker" at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium."We decided that instead of competing, let's make one fabulous production that's going to start a real tradition here," said Daniel Kane, the Maryland Ballet's executive director.
FEATURES
By J. L. Conklin | January 16, 1991
American Ballet Theatre opened its season and two-week engagement last evening at the Kennedy Center with few hints of the financial and artistic troubles that nearly toppled this esteemed and talented company.Company directors Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith, who took over the reins from Mikhail Baryshnikov in September 1989, wisely delved into ABT's vast and eclectic repertoire and pulled out works that have served the company well in the past.Opening the program was George Balanchine's "Ballet Imperial," a single-act ballet that pays homage to the St. Petersburg Ballet style that the choreographer knew so well.
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