Susan Jaffe Named Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s New Artistic Director

By Steve Sucato Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announced today that former American Ballet Theatre principal Susan Jaffe will succeed Terrence Orr as artistic director of the company, effective July 1. Jaffe becomes PBT’s seventh artistic director and only the second female director in the company’s history. Dubbed “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina” by The New York Times, Jaffe comes to PBT after eight years as dean of the … Continue reading Susan Jaffe Named Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s New Artistic Director

Suspicions Loom as Buffalo’s LehrerDance Suddenly Shuts Down

By Steve Sucato The sudden end to Buffalo, New York–based LehrerDance—the city’s lone professional touring dance company—recently came as a shock to many. Rumblings of the company’s demise began when their website and Facebook page were taken down. Shortly after, on February 21, Buffalo’s news media began reporting that the company has ceased operations. An email communiqué from LehrerDance board member Frank Ciccia on February 22 stated that … Continue reading Suspicions Loom as Buffalo’s LehrerDance Suddenly Shuts Down

Dance Magazine 2015 “25 to Watch” Profile: Robyn Mineko Williams

By Steve Sucato There is a sophistication about Robyn Mineko Williams’ works that many choreographers never quite attain. Her inventive movement phrases, compositional clarity and heartfelt emotion are informed by captivating simplicity—she lets the quiet spaces between movements color the work. It’s especially evident in her cinematic One Take for Grand Rapids Ballet. In one section, beautifully fragile images backed by the haunting melody of … Continue reading Dance Magazine 2015 “25 to Watch” Profile: Robyn Mineko Williams