There’s pixie dust in the air at Milwaukee Ballet as the company debuts its full-length performance of Peter Pan, choreographed by MB artistic director Michael Pink. The performance is part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebration. May 13–16; milwaukeeballet.org
American Ballet Theatre celebrates its 70th anniversary this year! The company’s annual Metropolitan Opera House season in NYC will include a premiere by John Neumeier, an all-American program and a tribute to legendary ballerina Alicia Alonso. May 17–July 10; abt.org
Highlighting Houston’s Heritage
Houston shows its state pride this month as Houston Ballet presents Pecos. The program will showcase Mark Morris’ witty Sandpaper Ballet, George Balanchine’s virtuosic Ballet della Regina and Stanton Welch’s Pecos Bill. May 27–June 6; houstonballet.org
Everyone’s favorite dance show—“So You Think You Can Dance”—is back! Tune in to FOX to see dancers duke it out for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer and a DS cover! May 27; fox.com/dance
The Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Becket, MA, is always impressive. This year, more than 50 companies will perform at the festival. From jazz (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) to ballet (Jacoby & Pronk) to modern (Monica Bill Barnes’ world premiere), there’s something for everyone. June 19–Aug 29; jacobspillow.org
Photo of ABT's Sascha Radetsky and Herman Cornejo in Fancy Free by Gene Schiavone
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.