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How a new dance gets made: Behind the scenes at American Contemporary Ballet

Learn about the rise and development of a ballet choreographer and how he develops his dance so that each dancer and his or her role fit together seamlessly. Hear about the growth and commitment of a young ballerina as she prepares for her first principal role. See how the choreographer and dancer work together to create a carefully planned masterpiece.

Key Takeaways:

  • Arms spread like wings, she fixed her gaze somewhere in the distance.
  • Dancers spun around her like ribbons in a breeze. A bend, a twist, a slide of foot, a flutter of light.
  • On and on, with no music, only the tap, tap, tap of toe shoes and the sound of texting from those stretching and waiting in the wings.

“His new production for the company’s “Music + Dance: LA II” series was inspired by 19th century French composer Adolphe Adam and set amid a countryside, a lake and a wedding.”


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