Tag: alexei ratmansky

A Love Letter to Wendy Whelan

Ballerina retirements are always hard. There’s a unique feeling of loss that comes with the knowledge that you’ll never see a particular dancer onstage again—that that part of her life, and yours, is over. But somehow, the luminous Wendy Whelan was able to make her final show with New York City Ballet a joyful event. […]

A Tale of Two Nutcrackers

Top: Balanchine’s swirling snowstorm at NYCB (Paul Kolnik); bottom: Ratmansky’s menacing snowflakes at ABT (Erin Baiano) Ah, Nutcracker season. Sure, as a dancer it’s pretty much a nightmare. But as an audience member—especially in dance-stuffed NYC—it’s a dream come true. There are umpteen Nuts running in the Big Apple right now, and I can’t get […]

A Sweet Partnership

What could be better than a delicious cupcake from Magnolia Bakery? A ballet-themed Magnolia cupcake, of course. The popular bakery is celebrating Alexei Ratmansky’s new production of Firebird for American Ballet Theatre with a special confection. The limited-offer cupcake, available through the end of this month, features orange date cake with orange-tinted meringue buttercream to […]