Ronald Hynd’s “The Merry Widow” – Choreographers’ Notes

In 1969, towards the end of my dancing career with the Royal Ballet, I was persuaded – somewhat reluctantly – to create a piece for the Royal Ballet Choreographic Group. It was based on the Greek myth of Queen Pasiphae, who fell in love with a bull and conceived the minotaur – half man, half … Continued

“Second Chances”: An Étoile Original by Erica Rucker

You are given a second chance. You can recreate any moment of your life, what would it be? Maybe it’s a marriage to someone else. Running naked through your high school cafeteria. Perhaps, instead, a new job or selling painted seashells on the beach. Think hard, tonight is your chance to take a minute for … Continued

“Music is Love”: An Étoile Original by Annie Honebrink

I can still feel the way the notes used to move me. It didn’t matter where I was — surrounded by people in a crowded mall or alone in my bedroom — music told my body to dance, and I listened. I was unrestrained abandon. Sometimes the sounds told me to jump around and move … Continued

“Love is Funny”: An Étoile Original by Annie Honebrink

I remember the way it felt the first time. I remember the way each breath was shimmery and each heart beat held its breath waiting for the next pulse. I was afraid the moment would end — afraid the giddy beat inside my chest would disappear. I remember standing on the ledge, staring longingly at … Continued