Monday, July 15, 2024

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Alex Bloomstein

Alex Bloomstein began dancing in 1977. He studied ballet, modern, composition and choreography with many teachers over the years. Alex performed his choreography, as well as the choreography of others, at numerous venues, including the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts) in New York City. Alex has taught ballet technique and pointe, modern technique, composition and choreography, improvisation, social dancing and movement for actors in a wide variety of settings, and he still regularly teaches. From 2006 to 2021, Alex was the Artistic Director of Ballet Arts Studio, a conservatory-level ballet and dance school in Beacon, New York. Between 1986 and 1988, Alex wrote dance reviews for The Berkshire Eagle, The North Adams Transcript, and The Schenectady Gazette. Alex is also a lawyer who practices in Hillsdale, New York.

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DANCE REVIEW: Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève demonstrates the past, present, and future of ballet at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

This week, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève at the Pillow most definitely represents a categorically different offshoot of the present and future of ballet from that of The Royal Ballet, and of dance in general.

DANCE REVIEW: The Royal Ballet comes to Jacob’s Pillow through Sunday, July 7

The Royal Ballet, which, as kismet would have it, was also formed in 1931, is, as the Pillow proudly proclaims, “taking over” the Pillow this week, performing each night on both the Henry J. Leir (outdoor) stage and in the Ted Shawn Theater.

DANCE REVIEW: The Contemporary Ballet Performance Ensemble of the School at Jacob’s Pillow performs at the Pillow

Note I am deliberately calling the performers dancers, and not students, because, even though they all have a way to go still, they are all—right now—beautiful, gifted dancers, each with their own clear individual voice.

DANCE REVIEW: ‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’ at Jacob’s Pillow

The Trocks gracefully and ingeniously combine slapstick, farce, and clowning with the pure artistry of dance.
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