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If you've ever wanted to know more about ballet, like the origins of the tutu or how a particular choreographer got their start, you've come to the right place. We've assembled a few articles and videos to get started, and will be adding more every month. So dive in, and check back soon, to see where to go next on your ballet adventure.

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How to Get the Most Out of Swan Lake—Again

There’s a reason we flock back to Swan Lake, and it’s not only to see the flock of swans, which, for starters, is always worth the trip. The real draw is to experience once again a grand passion that goes wrong, yet seems so right when played out to Tchaikovsky’s violins. Maybe you know how it ends (spoiler alert—magic curses are really strong), but for me, earthly love is fleeting, so that’s not the main point. The real message is about an afterlife you can imagine in this life, right? And why not? Swan Lake is very zen that way. Why not see this life—or the one where princes and swans mate—as an earthly stop on the way to a more enlightened place?

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March 8, 2017
Balanchine & Stravinsky: An Innovative Partnership

Choreographer George Balanchine and composer Igor Stravinsky were ground-breaking 20th-century artists whose collaboration deeply influenced each of them. Both men were innovators, risk takers, and are widely considered masters of their art forms whose works have endured the test of time.

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March 3, 2017
Mixing it up: A Perspective on Programming

From one major ballet company to another, programming can vary greatly—from the choreographers and dance styles featured, to the number of performances presented during a given season. But most large companies have one programmatic feature in common: a combination of mixed-bill and full-length productions. 

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February 24, 2017

What is a Black-and-White Ballet?

Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan in Stravinsky Violin Concerto // © Erik Tomasson