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Group of women dancers and one male dancer pushing their hips foward with flexed hands. Women dressed in short pink skirts and man dressed in a suit. All are smiling

George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” – A brief history of this fun, jazzy ballet

Written by Robyn Jutsum Who Cares? Is a Balanchine ballet featuring the music of George Gershwin, orchestrated by Hershy Kay. It premiered in February of 1970 with the New York City Ballet, including Jacques d’Amboise, Karin von Aroldingen, Patricia McBride, Marnee Morris in its principal casting. You can watch a fascinatin’ interview with Jacques d’Amboise …

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Sarah Mearns in black tights, black pointe shoes, and a black tutu with splashes of blue kicking her leg super high as the corps de ballet looks at her

George Balanchine’s “Western Symphony” – A brief history.

Written by Robyn Jutsum American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay, cowboy hats, and Balanchine-inspired choreography – You can get all of that and more from this month’s Cardio Ballet theme, Western Symphony! Western Symphony, choreographed by George Balanchine, premiered at City Center of Drama and Music in New York City on September 7th, 1954 …

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“Le Spectre de La Rose” – A brief history on this important ballet

Written by Robyn Jutsum Though perhaps only well known among balletomanes, Le Spectre de la Rose is a particular kind of gem for 20th-Century ballet. Choreographed by Michel Fokine with music by Carl Maria von Weber (“Invitation to the Waltz”) and costumes by Leon Bakst, the libretto (story) is based on the choreographic poem by …

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Paquita – A brief history of this classical ballet.

Happy March everybody! With Spring maybe, possibly, hopefully, just around the corner, we have turned our attention to this month’s Cardio Ballet theme, Paquita. A Romantic ballet in 2 acts and 3 scenes, Paquita has gone through quite the journey. It was originally choreographed in Paris for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1846 by Joseph …

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West Side Story – Many interpretations of the timeless story

Written by Robyn Jutsum This month’s Cardio Ballet theme is West Side Story (1961) with choreography by Jerome Robbins! Jamie Bernstein describes this musical phenomenon as follows, “West Side Story is truly everywhere — and with its themes of love striving to rise above hatred; the fear of immigrants; and the toxicity of racism, West …

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The Nutcracker: How Ballet Companies are Addressing Racism in this Holiday Classic

Written by Robyn Jutsum It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is here and things are getting nutty at The Ballet Spot as we take on the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, as December’s Cardio Ballet theme! The Nutcracker, a brief synopsis: Clara (or sometimes Marie) Stahlbaum and her brother Fritz are …

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A Brief History of Swan Lake

Swan Lake: A brief history of this famous ballet

Swan Lake is arguably one of, if not the, most recognized Classical ballet (a nod to the Nutcracker is perhaps due. Don’t worry, it will have its turn in the spotlight come December!). And its history and evolution has spanned far and wide, from its traditional origins all the way to iterations such as Matthew Bourne’s contemporary interpretation and the pop culture buzzy “Black Swan” starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. 

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