Studio 5

Dance Magazine

City Center’s Studio 5 goes virtual with a five-part series—Great American Ballerinas—featuring conversation and performance excerpts from three of today’s leading ballerinas: Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns, and Tiler Peck, hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. In this special series, each dancer works live with another acclaimed dance artist, including Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra Ferri, Stephanie Saland, and Pam Tanowitz.

All virtual Studio 5 events will be streamed here and on City Center’s YouTube channel for one week from the first airing. Following the week-long streaming period, City Center members will receive access to an archive of the full series. Learn more.

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

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

  • Tiler Peck with Merrill Ashley
    This event took place on Jul 16
  • Sara Mearns with Nina Ananiashvili
    This event took place on Jul 30
  • Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns, and Tiler Peck together in conversation with Alastair Macaulay
    This event took place on Aug 13
  • Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland
    This event took place on Sep 16
  • Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz
    Available now through Tue Sep 29
  • Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri
    On view from Wed Sep 30 at 5pm

All programming subject to change.

Past Events

Mon Jan 27, Mar 23 & Apr 20, 2020
New York City Ballet principal dancer (NYCB) Tyler Angle hosts a three-part Studio 5 series that explores the different ways in which dancers learn, rehearse, and perform the choreography they receive from creators of original work, as well as restagings of existing ballets. A rotating cast of guest artists over the series includes NYCB soloists Daniel Applebaum and Lauren King, NYCB principals Jared Angle and Taylor Stanley, former Miami City Ballet dancer Patricia Delgado, and former Sleep No More performer Austin Goodwin. Susan Walters accompanies on the piano. Among other topics, each discussion and performance demonstration addresses the process by which ballet dancers execute work created on them by modern dance choreographers, learn existing ballet masterpieces, and allow themselves to explore and interpret dances after they have assimilated to a choreographic style.

Mon Oct 28, 2019
At its premiere, Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace (1958) made little impression except on those performing the work, yet within a few years, it became recognized for innovative use of space and time. Since then, it has been performed by New York City Ballet and other major ballet companies around the world and is regarded as a masterpiece. Macaulay moderates a conversation with Cunningham stager Jean Freebury alongside demonstrating City Ballet dancers.

Mon Nov 25, 2019
The choreography of George Balanchine makes singular demands on the male partner, who must sometimes efface himself while anticipating the ballerina’s movements in each moment. Macaulay hosts an insightful evening of performances and explanations of the intricacies of partnering with New York City Ballet dancers, in conversation with NYCB Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford.

Mon Dec 2, 2019
Virtuoso dancer Herman Cornejo celebrates his 20th anniversary with American Ballet Theatre in Fall 2019. Cornejo is recognized for his range as a performer, in works from Giselle to Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite; to premieres by Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky; to classics by Ashton, Balanchine, Fokine, MacMillan, and Robbins. Macaulay, in conversation with Cornejo, discusses an illustrious career and the significance of range. Cornejo and guest artists perform excerpts from a broad selection of works.