Big ballet news today! American Ballet Theatre just announced a transatlantic "dancer exchange."
OK, yes, when I first heard that, I started hyperventilating a little. Were any of my darling ABT people going to be, uh, "traded" to some European team?
But fear not: This exchange is for a few guest performances only, giving audiences on both sides of the Atlantic a taste of world-class dancers they may have never seen before.
Here's how it's going to go down:
This June, Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae will perform as Lankendem in ABT's Le Corsaire, and this July, Royal Danish Ballet principal Alban Lendorf (he's AMAZING, guys) will dance Prince Désiré in ABT's Sleeping Beauty. That's round one.
Then for round two, in December, ABT will send principal Cory Stearns to the Royal Ballet and soloist Isabella Boylston (one of our favorites!) to the Royal Danish Ballet, to dance in their respective Nutcrackers.
Anyway, sounds pretty nifty, right? And if you're not familiar with any of these great dancers, check out our slideshow below!
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Sad news today: The wonderful Angel Corella, who always seems so happy onstage, will end his career as a principal with American Ballet Theatre this June. Yes, he'll still be plenty busy—he's the artistic director of Barcelona Ballet, which is earning raves all over the world. (The company comes to NYC in a couple of weeks.) But I'll miss his performances with ABT, where his gargantuan jump and equally enormous presence have been thrilling audiences for 17 years.
Here's Corella bringing down the house as Ali, the slave, in Le Corsaire with ABT. Merde for your next step, Angel!