15 May 2023 9.30 – 10.30am BST

Ballet in the 21st Century: Over to the next generation of American choreographers CPD Webinar

The webinar will explore some of the choreographic voices to emerge from the American choreographic scene: Lauren Lovette, Justin Peck, Troy Schumacher, and Trey McIntyre. The webinar will explore four ballets from the body of work created for New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet: Justin Peck’s In Creases (2012), Troy Schumacher’s Common Ground (2015), and Lauren Lovette’s Not Our Fate (2017) for New York City Ballet, and Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be A Great Poem (2018) for San Francisco Ballet.

Participants will gain insight into selected moments from new ballets, including the curiosity, continuity, and shifts in the vocabularies that became synonymous with the ballets by these American choreographers.


The aims of this activity are to:

  • provide insights into the ballet repertoire of ‘young’ choreographers in the early 21st Century,
  • gain knowledge and understanding of Justin Peck’s In Creases (2012), Troy Schumacher’s Common Ground (2015), Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be A Great Poem (2018), and Lauren Lovette’s Not Our Fate (2017), and
  • gain appreciation of choreography created by young choreographers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the activity, you will:

  • have an increased understanding of repertoire created by a new generation of choreographers in recent times,
  • have enhanced understanding of the trends in the new generation of choreographers in American ballet histories,
  • be able to recognise some of the choreographic features associated with the selected case studies and choreographers, and
  • have awareness of the observational and analytical skills required for examining choreographic structures within the pas de deux and group work.


You will access the webinar via Zoom. You will receive further information within five working days prior to the live broadcast. The presentation in the webinar will be recorded and it will be available for three months following the date of the live broadcast. You need to book a webinar before the date and time of the live broadcast to guarantee you will have access to the recording.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer/laptop/tablet with internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones


Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, editor of Focus on Education, and curator of the Guest Lecture Series events. Her articles and essays have been published in the Dance Chronicle, Treasures of Malta, the South African Dance Journal, The Times of Malta and the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (2019). Her books include: Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta published by Midsea Books in 2020, and The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, co-edited with Dr Jill Nunes Jensen and published by Oxford University in 2021.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Photo: San Francisco Ballet in Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming // © Erik Tomasson

Key Information

Time Fee
9.30 – 10.30am BST Member Fee: £18.50/€21/$22
Non-Member Fee: £24/€28/$29