(316) Lauryn Johnson: uncovering gems of New York City Ballet history

You know her as @laurynjohnson20 on Instagram. On today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’, our guest is Lauryn Johnson, a dancer and New York City Ballet usher who has captivated the dance world with her documentation of historic NYCB photography via her social media. We talk to Lauryn about how she fell in love with Read More

(72) Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ with Bob Gottlieb: author, editor, and dance critic

  As our final episode of 2017, we are saluting this year’s biggest ballet celebration, 50 years of George Balanchine’s “Jewels.”  Today we take an in depth look at Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ with Bob Gottlieb: author, editor, and dance critic.  Bob has been editor-and-chief of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and the New Yorker.   Read More

(50) Part II: Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer and Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director

Welcome to our second installment with Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer and founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet.  Edward was hired into the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine in 1957 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1970.  Balanchine created many famous roles on Edward including Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Rubies section of Jewels, Tarentella, Read More

(30) Alastair Macaulay, NYT Chief Dance Critic on Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’

Today we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming New York Times Chief Dance Critic, Alastair Macaulay. Alastair has been the Chief Dance critic with the Times since 2007.  Before that time, he worked as the Chief Theater Critic of the Financial Times in London, was the Chief Dance Critic for The Literary Supplement, the founding editor of Read More

(29) Patricia McBride, Beloved Balanchine Ballerina

This week we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Patricia McBride, beloved Balanchine Ballerina.  Patricia McBride is one of the most treasured ballerinas of the 20th century. In a career that spanned nearly 3 decades, she performed dozens of leading roles in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet. In 1961, she was promoted to Read More