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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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Touring with a star used to be a dancer’s dream. Now it’s all about getting social media followers. 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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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Parents, you’re enrolling your little ones in the wrong kind of dance class by Sarah L. Kaufman

The best choice? A box of scarves. And no rules.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘Paquita’: Glittering dancing but a skimpy story by Sarah L. Kaufman

Viktoria Tereshkina dazzles in the three-hour ballet, yet its plot doesn’t merit such a long exploration.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘Merce Cunningham at 100’: Beautiful but missing a spark by Sarah L. Kaufman

Compagnie Centre National de Danse Contemporaine performs “Beach Birds” and “BIPED” at the Kennedy Center.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

The crazy, joyful, uninhibited moves of the choreographer who is changing how we see dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

Ryan Heffington, who created the moves in “Chandelier” and the “Transparent” musical finale, wants to shake your world. And you.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

‘Cats’ the musical proves again it has way more than nine lives by Sarah L. Kaufman

Powerfully sung and flashy, the touring version of the 2016 Broadway revival is at the Kennedy Center through Oct. 6.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Bob Dylan, bare-chested swans, a dancer in her 80s: Two unorthodox ‘Swan Lakes’ for today by Sarah L. Kaufman

Michael Keegan-Dolan and Matthew Bourne knock the classical ballet sideways.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Lara Spencer apologizes for ridiculing Prince George and ballet, but the damage has been done by Sarah L. Kaufman

The ‘GMA’ host’s remarks last week were just the latest in a string in the bullying of boys who dance.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

How sign-language interpreters convey the raw emotion of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

“That’s the beauty of ASL — there are so many ways to represent words in the hands and the face.”

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Friday, July 12, 2019

At Wolf Trap, a ‘Swan Lake’ with streaks of light by Sarah L. Kaufman

Hee Seo and Cory Stearns lead American Ballet Theatre’s three-night series.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Amid upheavals, there’s good news in Hong Kong: Its ballet thrives  by Sarah L. Kaufman

Under the rebranding efforts of former Washington Ballet head Septime Webre, subscriptions spike and shows sell out.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Washington Ballet let Brooklyn Mack go. The popular dancer landed at the Metropolitan Opera House. by Sarah L. Kaufman

What it’s like to go from jobless dancer to starring with American Ballet Theatre.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

On ‘Pose,’ dancing isn’t just about self-expression. It’s a survival skill for trans women. by Sarah L. Kaufman

As the show about New York’s trans ballroom culture enters Season 2, here’s what the emphasis on self-presentation and voguing means.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

In a Ballet Across America world premiere, even the piano dances by Sarah L. Kaufman

The surprisingly agile instrument is the focus of Pam Tanowitz’s charming “Gustave Le Gray No. 1,” for Miami City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America, a women’s movement by Sarah L. Kaufman

Dance Theatre of Harlem opened this series with works by female choreographers and musicians.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Why Roger Federer is the most graceful athlete of our time by Sarah L. Kaufman

A dance critic on the pleasures of watching the elegant tennis star, who belongs equally to the realm of aesthetics as to sports.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

The dancing, not the words, speaks the loudest in Lucky Plush’s ‘Rooming House’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Agile, easygoing moves are the hallmark of the Chicago troupe’s dance-theater work at the Kennedy Center.

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Rudolf Nureyev lived a life packed with drama. But turning it into a movie was no easy thing. by Sarah L. Kaufman

“White Crow” director Ralph Fiennes says the dancer’s story resonates with his own artistic quest. 

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