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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It wasn’t the Met, but for these two dancers finally back onstage, it was two minutes of amazing by Sarah L. Kaufman

Zoom technique classes, rehearsing with masks and then, at last, “Back to work!” for a performance at Kaatsbaan in New York

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Washington Ballet loses top executive, cancels ‘The Nutcracker’ and rest of 2020 season by Sarah L. Kaufman

Michael Pastreich’s exit and the season cancellation arrive on the heels of covid-19 cases after the ballet’s June gala.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ gets right about dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

In the absence of live performance, the competition show offers insights into the art — especially its human side.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

The Washington Ballet thought a virtual fundraiser was safe. But it still may have put artists at risk. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The fallout is a lesson for other arts groups. They must build trust to reopen.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Washington Ballet director Julie Kent says she is recovering from covid-19 by Sarah L. Kaufman

Kent’s announcement comes in the wake of the ballet’s in-person gala after which multiple attendees were diagnosed with the virus.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Some day, we’ll hit the dance floor again. And it will be glorious. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The joy of social dancing is now tempered by the fear of contagion.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020

The future of the performing arts is digital. Marquee TV has a major head start. by Sarah L. Kaufman

To survive this pandemic and beyond, dance, theater and opera need to get online fast, according to the new streaming platform for the arts.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

The George Floyd protest dance that went viral by Sarah L. Kaufman

Krumper’s in-your-face stomping forges an unlikely connection with the LAPD.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How Natalia Makarova changed the ballet world with this landmark production by Sarah L. Kaufman

“It was exhausting,” the Russian ballerina recalls of her overhaul of “La Bayadere” for ABT in 1980.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Inside one of the few places where dancers still perform, founded by a glamorous disco impresario by Sarah L. Kaufman

In southern India, a commune devoted to Odissi dance keeps a 2,000-year-old art alive despite the pandemic.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Camels, monkeys and lions at the ballet: Marius Petipa was just getting started by Sarah L. Kaufman

A new documentary explores the savvy showman behind the art form’s most famous choreographer

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In ballet, conductors are the dancers’ guardian angels by Sarah L. Kaufman

“The dancer’s fate is in the hands of the conductor,” one ballerina says of the hidden heroes of the art form.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The first great Zoom music video has arrived by Sarah L. Kaufman

How the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down created “Phenom,” helping us get down while staying home.

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4 ways to reconnect with dance, theater, opera — and joy — during your self-quarantine by Sarah L. Kaufman

These digital outlets offer the joys of organized, musical humanity.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mark Morris, one of the world’s leading choreographers, takes dance to Zoom by Sarah L. Kaufman

The dancemaker retools himself as a filmmaker as his dancers rehearse in their hallways, making entrances and exits through bathroom doors.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

How dancers cope when they can’t dance: They improvise by Sarah L. Kaufman

The magical properties of a ramen spoon, a tennis ball and a yoga mat.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Martha Graham dancers are marvelous, but the message is mixed in Kennedy Center program by Sarah L. Kaufman

In “EVE Project,” the empowerment theme would have been better served by focusing on choreographer’s very best works.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

This ballerina played the role of a stripper, and she owned it by Sarah L. Kaufman

Washington Ballet’s Sona Kharatian creates an indelible, sophisticated character in Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

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Hervé Koubi was raised to keep quiet about the past. His dances tell a different story. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The French Algerian choreographer takes on toxic masculinity and gender cliches in “Boys Don’t Cry,” coming to Dance Place on Feb. 29 and March 1.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A ‘Giselle’ that whirls with unusual lyricism by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, Hee Seo shines in American Ballet Theatre’s production.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Ballet dancers have weird and quirky pre-show rituals that would put any sports star to shame by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Anything to avoid the thought of the 3,000 people,” says one dancer, explaining why superstitions persist backstage.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The tragic beauty of Alvin Ailey’s politically charged dance programs by Sarah L. Kaufman

Jamar Roberts’s “Ode” somehow manages to show the depth of loss to gun violence, as well as communal unity.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

J-Lo and Shakira shake off boundaries, put on a ferocious master dance class at the Super Bowl by Sarah L. Kaufman

Our dance critic reviews the pop stars’ dazzling halftime performance.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

National Ballet of Canada gets it right: In ‘The Sleeping Beauty,’ it’s what’s inside that counts by Sarah L. Kaufman

Rudolf Nureyev’s opulent and deeply moving production dazzles at the Kennedy Center.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

National Ballet of Canada dazzles with exhilarating energy at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

Mixed bill includes Ratmansky’s meditation on Soviet society, “Piano Concerto #1,” the finale of his Shostakovich Trilogy.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

A ‘Swan Lake’ with echoes of ‘The Crown’ at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

Matthew Bourne’s Windsor-inspired take on the classic ballet returns, with a snarling corgi, cellphones and all the thunderous, shirtless male swans of his 1995 original.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Storytelling is the key ingredient in the year’s best dance works by Sarah L. Kaufman

Works by Mark Morris, Pam Tanowitz, Monica Bill Barnes and more.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Cheap wine and cheese puffs are only the beginning of this ‘Happy Hour’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Monica Bill Barnes & Company performance is part dance performance, part vaudeville act.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Washington Ballet opens its new season with three eye-catching, yet incomplete premieres by Sarah L. Kaufman

The company performs new works by Jessica Lang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and John Heginbotham at Harman Hall.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Janet Jackson hired her as a backup dancer. Instagram made her a star. by Sarah L. Kaufman

How teenagers Kidathegreat, Kaycee Rice, Taylor Hatala and others are changing how we see and think about dance in the digital age.

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