Artistic Director’s Notebook: Coppélia

Artistic Director’s Notebook: Coppélia

In the spring of 1974, my parents took my sister and me to a performance of George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova’s Coppélia at New York State Theater. It wasn’t my first ballet, but it was the one that prompted me to ask my mom […]

Kyle Davis’ Notes on Las Estrellas

We’re on the edge of our seats and tips of our toes in anticipation for Monday’s world premiere release of Las Estrellas (The Stars ✨)! Choreographed by Kyle Davis for Angelica Generosa, Leta Biasucci, Laura Tisserand, Noelani Pantastico and Lesley Rausch, with costumes by Elizabeth Murphy,

Q&A with dancers from The Intermission Project

“‘Intermission’ implies a period of time spent between. In 2021, most artists find themselves frozen in isolation, caught in between – between what their normal was, the lights, the curtain, the stage and the audience; and what their post-COVID 19 “normal” will look like. A nine-part film project presented in three acts, The […]

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Tutu Tuesday: PNB’s Second Stage

In honor of Tutu Tuesday (2/2) this year, PNB is celebrating by fundraising for our Second Stage program!

Second Stage is a multi-faceted career transition program for PNB dancers to achieve their post-Company goals. Since 1999, Second Stage has provided more than $750,000 in grants to […]

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Dancer Pods & “Building Choreography”

After about five months away, PNB has begun slowly welcoming dancers back into our studios at the Phelps Center. Safety is paramount. PNB is following local health and safety mandates, consulting public health advisors and partnering with AGMA (dancers’ union) on strict return-to-work protocols including screening measures, timed entry into the building, dancers […]

Sculptured Dance – SAM/PNB Collaboration

Written by dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

And I would say […]

And I would say […]

NYC Tour: Contemporary Innovators

Blog by PNB Dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.

I know I am biased, but PNB knocked New York’s socks off the last two days with the Balanchine ProgramHowever, they don’t know what is coming their way with the next program – Contemporary Innovators.

On the Program —

PNB Tour: George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Prodigal Son, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto

PNB on Tour: George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Blog by PNB dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.


PNB’s opening night was magical! There had been a few rough rehearsals with tired bodies and swift musical tempos, but once that curtain went up Wednesday evening, we just danced!


NYC Tour: Day 1 Rehearsals

Yesterday (Tuesday) was our one-and-only full rehearsal day before our four-days of consecutive Dress Rehearsals & Performances coming up. Company dancers warmed-up and rehearsed in the beautiful City Center Studio 4. My schedule for yesterday was as follows:

  •  12-1:15a Warm-up class with PNB Ballet Master, Otto Neubert at City Center
  • 1:35-4:30 Rehearsals for the […]
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