Michigan Ballet Academy dancers win first, second place at World Ballet Art Competition-Grand Prix Semifinal

By Steve Sucato No one would have blamed Nikoloz Makhateli if he had said no a third time to Michigan Ballet Academy (MBA) board president David Bellamy’s offer to take over the artistic leadership of the academy. Makhateli was a principal dancer with the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi in Georgia and a master ballet teacher for the national ballet schools of Nicaragua … Continue reading Michigan Ballet Academy dancers win first, second place at World Ballet Art Competition-Grand Prix Semifinal

Edwaard Liang continues BalletMet’s history of directors who choreograph

By Steve Sucato Newly appointed BalletMet Columbus artistic director Edwaard Liang says he didn’t know he wanted the position until it fell into his lap. The 39-year-old internationally known choreographer had just returned from creating a work for Bolshoi Ballet’s Svetlana Zakharova in Russia when he received an invitation from the BalletMet executive committee to apply. Though he was reluctant to interview at first, he … Continue reading Edwaard Liang continues BalletMet’s history of directors who choreograph