Dancing Out of the Heat

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on dance. It is usually so hot outside, that the only respite is found inside the halls of the great theaters where the ballet is held. In the case of smaller venues, the heat of the performers makes one forget the unbearable humidity outside. The added bonus of seeing dancers perform is that one is invariably motivated to get in better shape after the performance. So, here’s a limited list of what dance events are happening in some of the larger cities around the US.


You have a few more days only to enjoy the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.  Their city season ends this coming Sunday, June 24th, but they do then move to their summer “home” in Syracuse, NY where the season then continues through the end of July.  If you can, you must catch the new work titled “The Nightingale and the Rose” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon from a story by Oscar Wilde. Not only is the story so moving that I had to include the synopsis from the program in this week’s “Friend’s Corner”, but the music is brilliant and the costumes are divine. Add to the mix the heroic performances by the dancers and you may begin to get the whole picture. Seriously, run – don’t walk – to get tickets. For all info on NYC Ballet, go to www.nycballet.com.

American Ballet Theater is also holding its summer season at the MET and this week’s full length ballet is Romeo and Juliet, while next week’s, starting June 25th, is Swan Lake. For more info on them, go to www.abt.org. They are always an excellent company to see perform.

Last, but not least, one of my favorite Flamenco dancers is performing, with her company, at Theater 80 in the East Village. The name of the company is Noche Flamenca and the dancer is Soledad Barrio, a spectacular woman with energy and passion to spare. Performances are from now through July, and for more info on them, as well as a discount for early ticket purchases, go to www.nocheflamenca.com.


The Boston Ballet will be touring Spain for the month of July. This would be a great opportunity to actually schedule a trip to see the ballet! What is more fun and excitement than that! For more info on cities and dates, go to www.bostonballet.org.


The Royal Ballet, from London, is currently on tour and will be stopping in Philly – at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts – for performances from July 10th through the 13th. This will be a particularly wonderful experience, as the tour is accompanied with workshops, classes with their Master Teachers, as well as pre-performance talks and seminars. For complete info and to purchase tickets, go to www.danceaffiliates.org/SpecialEvents.html#Royal.


At the Ford Amphitheater, there seems to be quite a lot going on this summer. I have included their link to find out more www.fordtheatres.org.


Unfortunately, the San Francisco Ballet has just finished its season, but will resume again in the fall. They are worth seeing, so click onto www.sfballet.org for more info on upcoming performances.

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