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Steven Woodruff

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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 SeeDance.com. Thanks for reading!

‘Nutcracker’ Time: Canned Music or the Real Deal?

America, that Nutcracker nation, is once again in top gear coast to coast cranking out versions of Tchaikovsky’s iconic old world ballet. Chances are...

Ratmansky ‘Nutcracker’ for ABT Redefines a Classic

American Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker' choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky does a sure-handed job at knocking the classical edges off the last of the Petipa and...

Legacy ‘Nutcrackers’: Some Survive, Others Fall by the Wayside

Americans have a compulsive fascination with ‘The Nutcracker’. Originally a Russian Imperial Ballet, it is now danced here in U.S. more than in any...

De Keersmaeker’s Obsession Driven “Verklärte Nacht “

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas offered a revised, spare Verklärte Nacht on the CAP UCLA retrospective program. Rosas, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s iconic company,...

Misty Copeland: The Ballet Star and Her Marketing Juggernaut Are Everywhere

The latest addition to the Misty Copeland juggernaut was last week’s announcement that she will be co-producing with FOX a ballet-themed series modeled to...

Mariinsky Ballet shifts gears in Ratmansky’s Cinderella

Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella has been seen in widely differing productions for major companies around the world. It has generally been treated with more variety than...

Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour: New Dances, Old Style

Twyla Tharp and company are two weeks into their 50th anniversary tour, a ten week affair that will eventually finish in New York. Hopefully...

Mariinsky “Raymonda”, Elegant Dance, Old Boogeymen

Mariinsky Ballet is at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a week of performances of “Raymonda”, a relic of late 19th century Russian Imperial ballet...

Diavolo, New West Symphony Premiere L’Espace Du Temps

Diavolo Premieres a Spectacular "L'Espace du Temps" with New West Symphony Diavolo Architecture in Motion with its theatricalized amalgam of architectural sets, parkour, dance, and acrobatics...

“Saving Radio City Music Hall” Is a David and Goliath Story

Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story  Rosemary Novellino-Mearns book review by Steven Woodruff One of the underlying ironies of the near demise of...