Mark your calendars: city.ballet., the popular AOL Originals web series that took us behind the scenes at New York City Ballet last year, is about to launch its second season. The show, executive-produced by Emmy winner (and ballet lover) Sarah Jessica Parker, returns to the AOL On channel on Tuesday, November 4.
What better way to open the season than with a trailer? The Washington Ballet has done just that, releasing this video of the company preparing for its season opener next week (October 22–26). The program, entitled Taking Flight, has a distinctly European flavor, and includes Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort, Hans Van Manen’s 5 Tangos and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. The behind-the-scenes video shows the dancers rehearsing with Kylián répétiteur Urtzi Aranburu, highlighting the sweat and hard work that goes behind every finished performance. Enjoy!
Whether you’re or not planning a wedding, make sure to check out the October/November issue of Brides magazine for a seriously dance-inspired photo spread. The models? Six American Ballet Theatre dancers, all of who were engaged at the time of the shoot last spring (five have since gotten hitched).
If you’re a fan of First Position, you may want to tune in this Friday to “Dance School Diaries” on the DanceOn YouTube channel. The new web-based reality series follows four Southern California students as they prepare for the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. Scheduled through mid-October, new episodes air every Friday at 10:00 am PST.
David Hallberg is once again paying it forward. For the second year in a row, the School of Ballet Arizona, where the American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star trained for four years, is offering the David Hallberg Scholarship for Boys. Open to males ages 13 and up, the scholarship pays for tuition and supplies for the Phoenix–based school’s 2014/15 school year and is based on talent and/or financial need.