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At fifteen minutes to places, most dancers are mentally running through a pre-performance to-do list. Warm up, check. Makeup, check. Costume, check. Brush teeth… wait, what?

 

When dancers dream, they imagine having Sylvie Guillem’s arched feet, long limbs and impeccable ability to extend, accent and suspend any movement she desires. Her technical mastery and unique sense of artistry make her a choreographer’s dream as well. William Forsythe created In the middle, somewhat elevated on the Paris Opéra Ballet, where Guillem was an étiole, in 1987, a time when ballet was just emerging from the classical realm.

Solo for Two Osipova Vasiliev
Globetrotting superstars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev are at it again.

Leave it to Nigel to utilize all available outlets in his quest to bring dance to a wider audience. His latest project is Dance School Diaries, a web-based reality series that follows four Southern California dancers as they prepare for Youth America Grand Prix. 

The show will air each Friday, and there will be 14 episodes from July 18 to mid-September. The producers are also planning to release additional content throughout the show’s run. 

For a long time the eggplant was thought to be non-nourishing, but this purple plant is packed with helpful nutrients. Even the smallest portion of this peculiar-looking fruit can improve your health—and your dancing. Here are just some of the ways it can give you an edge:

 

Ballet has come a long way since this performance aired in 1960. Part of a series called "The Bell Telephone Hour," this footage of Lupe Serrano and Jacques d'Amboise performing the famous Black Swan pas de deux was among the first televised programs in color. Viewing a performance like this within an hour-long variety show used to be a once-per-week treat. Since then, dance has become profoundly more accessible, expanding across the internet and social media. 

 

Angel Corella fans were heartbroken in 2012 when he left American Ballet Theatre to direct his own company in Spain. But some lucky students in Hartford, CT, are getting an opportunity to work with the Spanish-born star this month. Corella, who was forced to close down his Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet) earlier this year due to lack of funding, is spending the summer setting the full-length Don Quixote on the Hartt School Community Division’s “Studio to Stage” summer program students.

Though she is winding down her career performing with New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan isn't retiring from the ballet world. This fall, she will join the faculty at Ballet Academy East, and will continue to share her vast experience with the students in the school's Pre-Professional Division. BAE—under the directorship of Julia Dubno and Darla Hoover—is already home to notable faculty, including former American Ballet Theatre principal Maxim Beloserkovsky.

Tamako Miyazaki

The Washington Ballet's Tamako Miyazaki at USA IBC. Photo by Richard Finkelstein

 

 

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend than by revisiting classic ballets that have acted as pillars of American dance? The wider dance world beautifully represents the diversity and complexity of what it means to be American. Unfortunately, ballet's contributions to national identity have historically been pretty narrow, reflecting youth and energy, and not much else.