College-bound dancers: Got any plans for Valentine's Day weekend? If not (and if you're in or around NYC), consider checking out the Ivy Ballet Exchange. Here's the scoop:
Student-run, pre-professional ballet groups are an emerging trend in the Ivy League. (It turns out there are a lot of serious ballet dancers who are also gifted students! Somehow we're not surprised.) Leading the charge are the Columbia Ballet Collaborative (CBC), Princeton University Ballet (PUB) and Harvard Ballet Company. And this Valentine's Day weekend, the three will come together to put on a collaborative show: The Ivy Ballet Exchange.
Each company will perform separate works, and the program will include a mix of professional and student choreography. The performance will take place in Columbia University's Miller Theatre on Saturday, February 15 at 8 and Sunday February 16 at 3. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 with student ID. To purchase tickets, click here or call the box office at 212-854-7799.
In the meantime, check out this trailer put together by CBC, or browse the event's Facebook page.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.