Jeraldine Mendoza has had quite the first season at The Joffrey—and it just got better. The 20-year-old dancer was chosen as the first performing artist in Chicago to win a grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund in the Performing and Visual Arts. The award comes with $50,000 and a load of prestige.
The dance community in and around New York City is coming together to film an "It Gets Better" video. It's part of a global movement jumpstarted by the popular columnist Dan Savage to give young gay people messages about the potential of their lives, to inspire hope for teenagers who may be struggling with harassment.
Producing a show in New York is many choreographers' Mount Everest: the ultimate challenge, the ultimate dream. The Capezio A.C.E. Award, presented by DanceMedia, will give one talented dancemaker $15,000 to use toward their own NYC performance. Two runners up will recieve $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. Previous winners include Travis Wall and Peter Chu.
Working towards a ballet career in New York City is more than just a dream for many dance students; it's a goal. And for a lucky few, it's their life.
Take a peek inside the classes and routines of top dancers at JKO, SAB and other prestigious NYC academies at dance212.com, where a new 3-minute episode airs every day of the week. A special treat this season is Catherine Hurlin, JKO's golden girl who seems primed for a fantastic future at ABT. Just look at that arabesque!
Ever wonder what the world would look like through the eyes of a ballet superstar? Pointe's editorial advisor, Kate Lydon, gave us a heads up yesterday about Daniil Simkin's amazing Instagram feed. The ABT soloist, who constantly travels the world, has a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes snapshots of ballet's best dancers, as well as images that simply capture his unique perspective on architecture, commuters, city life. They're beautiful and fascinating and delightfully stalkerish.
Houston's dance scene is about to get a little richer. The newly-launched Vitacca Productions & Company will include a pre-professional troupe, a choreographic fellowship, outreach initiatives and commercial dance services for conferences, galas and other events. The company is led by Kelly Ann Vitacca, who serves as Dance Houston's creative director and worked as artistic coordinator for Houston Ballet. Renowned ballet master Phillip Broomhead, of The Royal Ballet and Houston Ballet, will be artistic advisor and ballet master.
Tired of eating the same old thing for breakfast every day? Try this simple but tasty recipe from Pointe's favorite dancer-chef, Shelby Elsbree of the Royal Danish Ballet. "I like to start my day with a 'breakfast of champions,' as my Dad likes to put it," says Elsbree. "Something that will keep me satisfied and energized for a full day of dancing."