Boston Ballet at 50

Kathleen Breen Combes (left), Jeff Cirio, and Lia Cirio.

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Kathleen Breen Combes (left), Jeff Cirio, and Lia Cirio.

Boston Ballet thriving as 50th anniversary celebration arrives

Repositioned after a financial crunch, the dance company has been earning record revenue and revamped its signature production, “The Nutcracker.” By Geoff Edgers

Profiles, each spinning in Boston Ballet’s orbit

From the classroom to the costume shop, they’ve found inspiration in dance.

Irlan Silva rehearsed recently with the Boston Ballet.

Through dance, a ticket to another world

Irlan Silvam, who grew up in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was featured in the documentary “Only When I Dance,” is a rising talent with Boston Ballet.

Cynthia Price-Glynn, the Boston Ballet Orchestra’s principal harpist, practicing recently.

The view from the Boston Ballet Orchestra

Harpist Cynthia Price-Glynn has seen many changes since her first performance with Boston Ballet in 1976.

// ‘Night of Stars,’ by the numbers

How big of an undertaking is Boston Ballet’s 50th anniversary free performance? Let’s see.

A dancer’s minefield of injuries

Dancers suffer a number of injuries, and because of the leaping in ballet, about 70 percent of them are in the legs and feet.

Behind that graceful pointe shoe, a meeting of art and technology

With all the abuse ballerinas wreak upon their pointe shoes, they also know they’re their most important tools.

BBII dancers (from left) Marcus Romeo, Skyla Schreter, and Christopher Warhuus are also roommates. They combine their salaries to pay the rent on their three-bedroom apartment.

BBII roommates share struggles and aspirations

Boston Ballet’s second company, known as BBII, offers young dancers the opportunity to spend two years dancing with the Boston Ballet Company.


// Boston Ballet makes history

A glimpse into the company’s milestones over the past 50 years.

Ashley Ellis, soloist.

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Finding grace, frozen in time

“Dancers look great, even at a standstill. They’re like sportscars. When they move, they look even better,” said Globe staff photographer Essdras M Suarez.

Dusty Button (center) working with other dancers on a performance she choreographed.


Dusty Button, a dancer just hitting her stride

“Timeless,” Button’s 17-minute piece for nine dancers, will have its world premiere as part of the BB@Home program.

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