1/18/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Infra – Final duet (The Royal Ballet)

Royal Ballet Principal dancers Edward Watson and Marianela Nuñez dance the final pas de deux in Wayne McGregor’s abstract ballet Infra, a moving exploration of emotion, set to Max Richter’s melancholic and beautiful score. Continue reading

1/12/19 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: The Art Of The Pas de Deux (Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Nicol Edmonds – The Royal Ballet

Pas de deux (dances for two) lie at the heart of many ballets. They can be great technical showpieces, but they can also be dramatically emotional – and, of course, are often both at the same time. First Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Soloist Nicol Edmonds of The Royal Ballet discuss their experience of dancing together in The Nutcracker’s Grand Pas de deux. Continue reading

12/19/18 O&A NYC 6 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: The Nutcracker – The Waltz of the Snowflakes (The Royal Ballet)

The Royal Ballet performs the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, with Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, accompanied by the London Oratory Junior Choir and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Koen Kessels, recorded in 2012. Continue reading

11/29/18 O&A NYC 26 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park (1963)

Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park dances Grande pas de deux from The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker (1963). Continue reading

2/16/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Qualia- Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood (Royal Ballet)


Qualia, meaning a raw and sensory experience, marked Wayne McGregor’s debut on The Royal Opera House stage. Featuring a sensorial pas de deux that was originally created for Edward Watson and Leanne Benjamin, Qualia was most recently performed by Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood.  Continue reading

3/19/16 O&A NYC DANCE: Eric Underwood (repost)

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Eric Underwood, Soloist with The Royal Ballet and Washington, D.C., native trained locally under the direction of Barbara Marks. After only eight months (there were no other boys at the school) Eric moved to the School of American Ballet in New York. Continue reading

12/11/15 O&A NYC Shall We Dance Friday: Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park – The Nutcracker (1968)

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This historic performance from 1968 captures choreographer/performer Rudolf Nureyev at the peak of his career. Filmed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the ballet features artists of the Royal Ballet including Wayne Sleep, Jillian Gibbs and Merle Park as Clara. Continue reading

6/22/15 O&A Picks Of The Week June 21- June 27: Art, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre

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Summer is finally here! And it has ushered in a whirlwind of arts events. We have fine art, dance, film, music and theatre; something for everyone. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

10/5/14 O&A DIVO ALERT: Eric Underwood – The Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Royal Ballet)

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Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011) was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995. The works developed theme, sumptuous costumes and sets and focused choreography received approval from both audiences and critics. This excerpt is another example of The Royal Ballet’s soloist Eric Underwood’s technical versatility and artistic virtuosity. His performance as the playfully seductive Caterpillar epitomizes an artist in total control of his craft (and vicariously recalls my own days savoring “special” mushrooms). Out and About NYC Magazine is proud to again spotlight this American artiste who is at the top of his game.
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