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Steven Woodruff

I live in Los Angeles where I am a professional musician, dancer, educator, and writer. My writing includes original poetry and translations as well articles on film, stage, television, and culture. I review dance and music covering national and international touring concert programs and local companies as a staff writer for Thanks for reading!

BALLET X Misses the Music at Laguna Dance Festival

The Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 12th year, closed out its programming last weekend with Philadelphia’s Ballet X in a program of four...

Tour de Force III: Ballet Summer Fare from the Ardani Franchise

  Whether in a repertory evening or a full length ballet, exceptional performances by ballet companies generally prove that a good show is much more...

Ratmansky’s “Firebird” For ABT Glows with Theatricality

American Ballet Theatre returned to Los Angeles last week with an all-Ratmansky program including his 2012 Firebird.  Symphony #9 with music by Shostakovich, and Serenade...

LA Ballet Concludes Story Ballet Season with Ashton’s Romeo and Juliet

  The Los Angeles Ballet’s season of story ballet productions is wrapping up with a local premiére of the newest of their classic ballets, the...

SZALT, “Water Stories”, Embrace Personal Narratives and Collaboration

Given the current circumstances surrounding water in California, Water Stories, the most recent evening length offering by Szalt at the MorYork Gallery in Eagle...

Complexions Dances Pop, Classical and American Stories

The Complexions Contemporary Ballet performance at the Music Center on Friday offered a broad range of music as a backdrop to an evening devoted...

Choré: Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Goes to the Movies

Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot and his irrepressible company of young dancers has taken a time out from their ongoing spate of story ballets with the...

BACKHAUSDANCE , L.A. Dance Project Dance in Weekend Repertory...

BACKHAUSDANCE and Los Angeles Dance Project performed on Southland stages last weekend in programs including old and new works. Both are accomplished chamber companies with...

Seeing Dance in L.A. A Look Back at 2015

The headlines today were filled with the news of David Bowie’s death. In putting together this look back at the year in dance I...

‘Bolshoi Babylon’ : A Real Life ‘Black Swan’ Saga

 ‘Bolshoi Babylon’, Nick Read and Mark Franchetti’s new documentary, lays bare a bleak story of life inside Moscow’s 200 year old dance company. It’s...