Wendy Whelan retires from New York City Ballet

"Not every dancer can be a ballerina, and not every ballerina gets to dance with the New York City Ballet. So when one makes it, and then stays with the company for three decades, it’s a big deal.

Wendy Whelan is that ballerina. And on Saturday night, at 47 years old, she’ll give her final New York City Ballet performance before she retires,” reports NPR. See photos of this great dancer (credit: Erin Baiano/NPR).

Throwback Thursday: construction on the New York State Theater (now David H. Koch Theater), soon-to-be-new home of New York City Ballet, as seen from Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) in 1963. (Courtesy Lincoln Center Archives)

Throwback Thursday: construction on the New York State Theater (now David H. Koch Theater), soon-to-be-new home of New York City Ballet, as seen from Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) in 1963. (Courtesy Lincoln Center Archives)

Celebrating the wedding of two NYCB dancers

This weekend, the New York Times published a feature on the recent nuptials of New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. As the Times notes, “their romantic relationship has had all the elements of a story line: romance, drama, heartbreak and reconciliation.” Read the whole story here: http://nyti.ms/1oiJRkU Congrats to the newlyweds!

(Photo: Devin Yalkin for The New York Times)

We love this new video produced by the New York City Ballet celebrating their golden anniversary at Lincoln Center. Watch as Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and former Principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise talk about how Philip Johnson and George Balanchine created the perfect home for dance, and look back at the New York State Theater’s opening night in 1964.

Tonight’s New York City Ballet gala celebrates 50 years at Lincoln Center! Here’s the poster pop artist Robert Indiana made for the New York State Theater’s opening in 1964.

Tonight’s New York City Ballet gala celebrates 50 years at Lincoln Center! Here’s the poster pop artist Robert Indiana made for the New York State Theater’s opening in 1964.

50 years ago today, the New York State Theater opened and New York City Ballet gave its first performance at Lincoln Center. See the construction of Philip Johnson’s beautiful building and NYCB’s opening night performance in these photos and more in the slideshow here: http://on.fb.me/1rmOXff

City Ballet Sneak Peek

Ahead of New York City Ballet’s May 8 Gala, honoring their 50 years at Lincoln Center, New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has launched a video previewing the new Justin Peck/Sufjan Stevens collaboration. Take a look! http://vult.re/QhCz4K

Throwback Thursday:  Construction of the New York State Theater (now called the David H. Koch Theater and home to New York City Ballet) and its massive chandelier in 1964. (Courtesy Lincoln Center Archives)

Throwback Thursday:  Construction of the New York State Theater (now called the David H. Koch Theater and home to New York City Ballet) and its massive chandelier in 1964. (Courtesy Lincoln Center Archives)

Spotted: New York City Ballet tutus on the move

Spotted: New York City Ballet tutus on the move

Unveiled this past week is a new artwork at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater just in time for New York City Ballet’s winter season by J R, known large-scale public photography. This new site specific work will connect fans to their favorite ballet stars. It features more than 80 City Ballet dancers, roughly life size, on a giant photo laid on the promenade floor. Audiences can lie next to the photo to create some of their balletic poses. Read more here.(Photo: New York City Ballet/Twitter)

Unveiled this past week is a new artwork at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater just in time for New York City Ballet’s winter season by J R, known large-scale public photography. This new site specific work will connect fans to their favorite ballet stars. It features more than 80 City Ballet dancers, roughly life size, on a giant photo laid on the promenade floor. Audiences can lie next to the photo to create some of their balletic poses. Read more here.

(Photo: New York City Ballet/Twitter)