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Opening night for Boston Ballet’s, Mirrors


Ricardo Santos in Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew, courtesy of Boston Ballet

Tonight is opening night for The Boston Ballet’s final program of the season. Mirrors is a diverse selection of thought-provoking works that reflect the many facets of contemporary ballet. Adding to the evening’s program, the Company performs two world premieres: Smoke and Mirrors, the first major work commissioned by the Company for the Opera House stage by former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Yury Yanowsky, followed by Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew, a psychedelic display of athleticism set to Miles Davis’ famous jazz track.

Mirrors will run May 6–28, 2016, at the Boston Opera House.

Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake opens Friday, April 29

Swan Lake

Ashley Ellis and Eris Nezha in Nikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake; Photo by: Rosalie O’Connor Courtesy of Boston Ballet

Next week the Boston Ballet’s spring season kicks off with Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, which was last performed in October 2014 and was described by Robert Greskovic of The Wall Street Journal as “artful” and “luminous”.  Boston Ballet will welcome Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), as a guest artist, performing Prince Siegfried on April 29 and 30.

Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake runs April 29–May 26 at The Boston Opera House. Due to the high-ticket demand, an additional performance has been added on May 25 at 7:30 pm, but don’t delay. Get your tickets which are on sale now.

Boston Ballet Swan Lake

Performance Schedule
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Britney Spears “Get Naked” performed on Italian TV

This is exactly how I like my Britney Spears


This is exactly how I like my Britney Spears 

Ballet dancer Gabriele Esposito stunned Italian TV viewers who tuned in to watch the popular talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi last weekend with his racy routine to ‘Get Naked’ by Britney Spears.

Leave it to the Italians to up the sexy quotient to steamy in no time at all. Check out the group dance routine and enjoy this take on Britney.

Why I love the ballet

male ballet dancer AI’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy going to the ballet, because the athleticism and grace on display is amazing.  The fact that the Boston Ballet performs at the Boston Opera House, which is a beautiful, historic theater that was lovingly restored and is a favorite venue of mine only adds to the experience.

Unfortunately, many think the ballet is not for them and they base their feelings on a one-time experience or more often, preconceived notions. Recognizing that my readership is overwhelmingly male, and men react positively to visual stimuli, I thought I’d use these images to make my case for you to give the ballet a second look. Not every ballet is for everyone. For example, The Boston Ballet will be presenting Swan Lake (Apr 29 – May 26). This is a classic ballet that you may recognize from the popular movie Black Swan.  Some will love the more traditional ballets like Swan Lake while some will prefer the more modern ballets. The trick is knowing what you like and checking out that production.male ballet dancer iimale ballet dancermale ballet dancer iii

A couple weeks ago I featured a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet as a Temptation Tuesday. You can check out Paulo here.

Feeling inspired to check out a ballet? If you live in the Boston area check out the Boston Ballet online at bostonballet.org.

Opening night for Boston Ballet’s Kaleidoscope


Misa Kuranaga in William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Photo by Gene Schiavone, courtesy of Boston Ballet 
Costume design by Stephen Galloway

Boston Ballet presents Kaleidoscope at the Boston Opera House
March 17 – 26, 2016

The Boston Ballet is back with a 10-day run of Kaleidoscope, a colorful fusion of works by 20th century masters that offers you a stunningly visual juxtaposition of four distinct pieces that runs for two hours and twenty minutes and has two intermissions. See you there.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

Controversy: Reggae night upstairs at Machine

Controversy, Boston, LGBT, Ramrod, MachineLooking for something different to do tonight? Head over to Machine in the Fenway and check out Controversy: Reggae Night.  You can imagine you are on a warm Caribbean island while dancing the night away upstairs at Machine.

Controversy: Reggae Night at 1254 Boylston Street 10PM – 2AM

For more information check out the Controversy Facebook Page.

Dance class doubleheader at South End Swet Studio

swet studio, twc, The Welcoming CommitteeThursday, December 17th, work on your dance moves in a judgment-free atmosphere.  Boston’s first alternative, LGBTQ-centric fitness facility teams up with The Welcoming Committee to offer an evening of dance workout fun.

TWC & Swet Studio Special: one class for $20 or two for $30
Swet Studio dance class doubleheader in the South End
Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 PM

Part I Fabulous Ballroom: The first lesson is full of energy as you learn the waltz, foxtrot, and swing dancing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner—the idea is to meet new friends, get fit, and have fun.

Part II Latin Mania: After a short break, the second lesson will begin; a mixture of techniques and rhythms. Learn Salsa and Bachata. Socialize and meet new people. Come with a partner or leave with one!

Classes run for 45 minutes each and start at 6:30 PM in the South End at Swet Studio located at 480 Tremont Street (between Appleton and Berkeley Streets).