NYCB’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is an Eye-Opener

By Ryan Mikel, Contributing Writer In a departure from the New York City Ballet’s neoclassical roots, artistic director Peter Martins staged the famed “Sleeping Beauty” with additional choreography by George Balanchine. With over 100 student and professional dancers, “The Sleeping Beauty” is a paramount live adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tale. Martins’ production…

New York’s Best Nutcracker Yet

By Ryan Mikel, Contributing Writer In a city dominated by a multitude of holiday spectaculars, one in particular rises — or shall I say, grand jetés, above the rest. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” shimmers in spun sugar at the David H. Koch Theater. Beaming with a 40-feet-tall Christmas tree, a snowstorm of charismatic dancers, and…