When war hit Ukraine, dancers mobilized like never before
The war in Ukraine has hit the tightknit ballet world hard, and dancers have responded with an unprecedented storm of activism. Ukrainian ballet students and professional dancers are being taken in by far-flung academies and companies, swelling their rosters. Dancers are converging across borders for star-studded fundraisers, such as Dance for Ukraine, a gala at the London Coliseum in March that drew the celebrated Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova and other performers from Europe, Asia and the United States. So far, it has brought in more than $180,000 for Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Viewers can stream the gala online April 14-24 on the digital subscription service Marquee TV. A similar benefit for Ukraine was held April 9 in New York, organized by iHeartDanceNYC.