Santa Fe • New Mexican   April 25, 2014
"Future perfect: Ballet Next"
For a ballerina, is there life after Swan Lake? At 30, Michele Wiles left a position as principal dancer with the renowned American Ballet Theatre to start a small company — Ballet Next, which appears at the Lensic Performing Arts Center this weekend… more

New York Times   January 10, 2014
"All That Craft, and Now Some Abandon"
Almost three years ago, Michele Wiles performed her final "Swan Lake" with American Ballet Theater… Driven by an urge to experience ballet in a new way, Ms. Wiles didn’t so much retire from the company as slip away.… more

Oberon's Grove   June 10, 2013
"Ballet Next: Studio Showing"
On this rain-drenched evening, Michele Wiles very kindly invited me to a studio sampling of some new works being created for Ballet Next… more

Vassar College   April 9, 2013
"New Dance Company Ballet Next to Give Two Performances…"
…In 2011 Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard, principal dancers respectively with American Ballet Theater (ABT) and the New York City Ballet, struck out on their own to form the innovative new dance company Ballet Next, beginning with a fall performance at Manhattan's Joyce Theater. Called by the dance blog The Ballet Bag "one of the most interesting independent dance companies to emerge recently," Ballet Next "aims to make ballet more accessible, investing in new works and audience engagement." The troupe consists of current and former principal and solo dancers from ABT, New York City Ballet, and other major international companies, and performs both classic and contemporary works with live musical accompaniment… more

Broadway World   March 29, 2013
"Ballet Next to Bring MEA CULPA and More to BAM's Fishman Space"
…Following a highly successful and critically acclaimed season at The Joyce Theater in New York in 2012, Ballet Next will present two world premiere works by Katarzyna Kolzielska from the Stuttgart Ballet and Tobin Eason. The program will also include Charles Askegard's Stravinsky Divertimento, Brian Reeder's Picnic, and a performance of the Dying Swan by Misty Copeland. The Ballet Next Ensemble will accompany the dancers with live music led by noted Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio. more

The New Yorker   Nov. 2, 2012
"Making a Statement: Ballet Next at the Joyce"
…Wiles has an ability to attack a daunting task and achieve it, as when she whipped off three or four pirouettes while her straight arms were crossed in front of her, her standing leg rock solid, or when, toward the end of "La Follia," she balanced on pointe, facing the audience, her eyes lowered or perhaps even closed, and very slowly lifted one leg to the front. The audience held its breath. more

Wall Street Journal   Feb. 14, 2012
"Fledgling Company Reaches Out"
…Ballet Next… is aiming to bring audiences closer to dance. …The company announced on Monday that it will host intimate, informal performances and discussions on March 1, March 28 and April 25 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, near Lincoln Center. The Ballet Next Exhibitions Series will combine well-known choreography, new works and discussions among dancers, musicians, choreographers and audience members. more

The Ballet Bag   Feb. 14, 2012
"Ballet Next in Rehearsal"
…Ballet Next [is] one of the most interesting independent dance companies to emerge recently… One of the company's projects is the Ballet Next Exhibitions Series, where audience members are encouraged to ask questions and participate in live discussions with the artists on topics like dance technique, choreography, production aspects and music. more

Wet Paint   Jan. 8, 2012
"APAP Showcases at Peridance"
…Confident and fearless, happy and carefree, Michele Wiles absolutely sparkled and looked as if she was having so much fun. I can't recall the last time I saw a ballerina looking so light hearted and it really lifted my spirit. Charles Askegard, as usual, made the superb partner.… The piece is energetic and sensual, full of interesting hand and arm movement. Just breathtaking. more

Huffington Post – Culture   Dec. 20, 2011
"Ballet Next: A Conversation With Co-artistic Directors, Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard"
When you are at the top of your field — like Wiles, former principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, and Askegard, former principal dancer at New York City Ballet — the natural question is, "what's next?" For these two, who began a conversation several months ago while working together in the studio, it was not enough to voice their frustrations, pose this question, and do nothing. They quickly found that they were kindred spirits and that their answer was simple — envision something different… more

Michele Wiles, ballerina and co-artistic director

New York Times   Nov. 23, 2011
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WQXR   Nov. 21, 2011
"Two Dance Luminaries Take Big Leap with Ballet Next"
A pair of dancers associated with two of New York's most prominent ballet companies will appear on stage Monday night. But it won't be with their familiar troupes. Despite a stalled economic recovery, the two have taken the unusual move of starting their own ballet company.… more

Replay the WQXR interview (4 minutes 22 seconds):

Time Out New York   Nov. 14, 2011
"Former ABT principal gives Ballet Next a whirl with Charles Askegard"
…It was a conversation that turned into a larger conversation about something larger than just dancing. Something bigger than ourselves. But it started when we started dancing together.… more

Wall Street Journal   Nov. 11, 2011
"A Rare Kind of Grand Pas de Deux"
Two Principal Dancers of Two Major Companies Begin Their Second Act With a Performance in a Troupe of Their Own…" more

Dance Magazine e-news   Nov. 4, 2011
"The Next Chapter"
When Charles Askegard teamed up with Michele Wiles, both realized they were ready to experiment. Charles Askegard's fans were delighted to learn that his recent retirement as a principal with New York City Ballet didn't mean he was hanging up his slippers. The tall, handsome partner extraordinaire has had plans in the works to launch a chamber ballet company with former American Ballet Theatre principal, Michele Wiles…" more

Wall Street Journal   Oct. 12, 2011
"Ballet Vet's New Step"
This week, dancer Charles Askegard retired from the New York City Ballet, the company he's been with since 1997… starting his own company, Ballet Next. "Judging by how things are going, I'll…" more

Business Week   Oct. 11, 2011
"A favored partner leaves his ballerinas at NYCB"
Sunday… the company bid goodbye to Charles Askegard, one of its best-liked dancers — especially by the ballerinas that he partnered with an assured grace for 14 years.… more

New York Times   Sept. 30, 2011
"A Ballet Star Leaps Into the Unknown"
New York City Ballet… dancers are going to have to do without their tall, elegant partner, when Askegard retires from City Ballet at the last matinee of the season…. He is not, however, leaving dancing.… more

Time Out New York   Sept. 26, 2011
"NYCB principal moves on to the Next big thing"
…we'd run the whole thing, talk about it, fix it again, and he'd say, "Well, let's do it again." There would be eight minutes left, and he'd say, "Well let's do it again." We had to do it over and over and over.… more

Noble Hasco Qatar, Ltd.
"What Next for Askegard? Ballet Next"
Women love Charles Askegard. Or at the very least, the women of New York City Ballet do. Since joining that company in 1997 he has performed with almost every ballerina in the company's esteemed ranks. But after next Sunday those dancers are going to have to do without their tall, elegant partner, when Askegard retires from City Ballet at the last matinee of the season, in a programme that features some of his favourite roles. He is not, however, leaving dancing.… more