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Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas

September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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One event on July 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on September 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancer Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck each work closely on performance excerpts with another acclaimed dance artist in this virtual five-part Studio 5 series curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. Participating guests include Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra FerriStephanie Saland, and Pam Tanowitz.

All virtual Studio 5 events will be streamed for one week on City Center’s YouTube channel and can also be viewed below on this page. Following the week-long streaming period, City Center members will receive access to an archive of the full series.

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas is part of City Center’s Live @ Home virtual programming and includes the following events.

  • Tiler Peck with Merrill Ashley
    On view from Thu Jul 16 at 3pm
  • Sara Mearns with Nina Ananiashvili
    On view from Thu Jul 30 at 12pm
  • Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland
    On view from Wed Sep 16 at 5pm
  • Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz
    On view from Wed Sep 23 at 5pm
  • Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri
    On view from Wed Sep 30 at 5pm

All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing.

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Thu Jul 16 at 3pm
On view for seven days through Wed Jul 22

In the first program of the series, NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck, famous for her prodigious technique and musicality, works with former NYCB star and ballet master Merrill Ashley. Ashley created numerous roles for George Balanchine and is credited with establishing unprecedented levels of technique in the 1970s and ‘80s. Together they will explore a selection of Balanchine solos with Ashley coaching Peck live.

Thu Jul 30 at 12pm
On view for seven days through Wed Aug 5

NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns has become known as one of America’s foremost interpreters of the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She explores this classic role live alongside Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili—a former principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and ABT, among others, and widely known as “one of the twelve greatest ballerinas of all time” (Daily Telegraph).

Wed Sep 16 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Sep 22

NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck works with former NYCB ballerina Stephanie Saland on the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic Dances at a Gathering. The only female solo in the hour-long quintessential piano ballet, Saland was coached in the role by Robbins himself who also choreographed a number of roles for her in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Wed Sep 23 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Sep 29

NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns works with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to explore new solo material created for her. Both artists have extended their artistic range in recent years—Tanowitz revealing her distinct choreographic voice through a witty and inventive post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary and Mearns expanding her repertory to include works by modern dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, among others.

Wed Sep 30 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Oct 6

In the final program of the series, Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina with the prestigious ABT, revisits Juliet’s solo scenes in Act Three of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet to demonstrate how a ballerina continually refines her repertory, along with international ballet star and ABT principal dancer Alessandra Ferri.

All programming subject to change.


September 16
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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