Ever wonder what it would be like to take a Pilates class from Joe himself? Grueling. In 1962, Sports Illustrated took readers inside the Joseph H. Pilates Universal Gymnasium, and captured a great portrait of the exercise icon:
"Where are you going—like an elephant?"
"Oh, Joe," wails a ballerina, "now you're calling me an elephant."
If you dream of exploring your voice as a choreographer, you might want to check out Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive. The program, which runs July 30-August 4, gives advanced dancers ages 18-24 a chance to translate their ideas into movement with Helen Pickett and Jorma Elo as their guides. (Check out former student Leah Hirsch’s guest blog about the intensive during its inaugural year).
The CW series Breaking Pointe has thrust Ballet West into the national spotlight. One of the show's most compelling characters, Allison DeBona, chatted with Pointe about what it's like to have her personal life and career exposed in front of a million people.
Everybody wants a piece of Alexei Ratmansky these days. Even Magnolia Bakery. In honor of the New York premiere of Firebird, his latest ballet for American Ballet Theatre, Magnolia is whipping up special Firebird Cupcakes. Vibrant orange date cake is frosted with orange meringue buttercream to match the ballet's strikingly vivid costumes and sets. Firebird is currently at Lincoln Center for a run from June 11–13, and will return June 21–23.
Ballet fans have been looking forward to ABC Family's "Bunheads" for weeks now, since it advertises—from the title down—that it's all about ballet. But the first episode, at least, had a lot of plot exposition to get out of the way before digging into anything truly "bunhead"-y. A very quick summary: Onetime ballet dancer but current Las Vegas showgirl Michelle (Broadway star Sutton Foster, who is fantastic) is tired of performing in a feathered bikini but unable to get a "real" Broadway job.
Now that we've seen the first two episodes of The CW's Breaking Pointe, I'm left feeling like the producers are missing the point. So far, at least.
The show tries so hard to be dramatic. Which is understandable. They have to sell this to a mainstream TV audience. From the shadowy opening dance shots, to the voiceovers of Allison DeBona talking about how ruthless the competition is and Adam Sklute's comments about the expendability of dancers, everything bangs us over the head with "drama."
Pennsylvania Ballet's new school is holding a second audition next weekend. The training program is set to kick off in the fall with 120 students. Dancers will learn a technique based in Balanchine, with a heavy emphasis on artistry and performance quality. They'll also have opportunities to perform with the company. The school just announed that current company member Laura Bowman and former principal Martha Chamberlain will join its faculty. Guest faculty will include current principal dancers Amy Aldridge and Zachary Hench and former principals Alexei Borovik and Alexander Iziliaev.