International ballet star Roberto Bolle is one beautiful, talented guy. And since beautiful, talented people tend to attract other beautiful, talented people, the lineup for his upcoming Roberto Bolle and Friends gala is, unsurprisingly, really impressive.
Bolle himself put together the program for the one-night-only event, which you can catch Tuesday, September 17 at New York City Center. It includes classic favorites like Dying Swan and a pas de deux from John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, as well as edgier pieces by Russell Maliphant and Mauro Bigonzetti.
But the real doozy is the cast list: Stuttgart Ballet principal Alicia Amatriain, American Ballet Theatre principal Herman Cornejo, San Francisco Ballet principal Maria Kochetkova, Mariinsky Ballet principal Alina Somova, Bayerisches Staatsballett principal Lucia Lacarra and more. Plus Bolle, of course. (If you don't know any of those names, please go have some fun on YouTube. Because trust me: A little quality time with these gorgeous dancers will be a lot of fun.)
The best part? Tickets start at just 25 bucks. Click here to get yours—then check out this kind of wild video featuring Bolle, which is actually a sneak peek at one of the gala program's works, Prototype, by Massimiliano Volpini.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
We also want you to
get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.
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.