Jennifer Stahl's blog

Prix de Lausanne is one of ballet's most powerful professional springboards. Think you might have what it takes to go up against some of the top students in the world? Take class with a Prix de Lausanne winner and learn what the prestigious competition is all about. Special master classes are being offered in the following cities:

 

San Francisco - May 6
San Francisco Ballet School
Teacher: Maria Kochetkova and others from the San Francisco Ballet School
Question and Answer : to be announced

 

Ballet superstars don't get much bigger than Wendy Whelan and Desmond Richardson. This winter, the two inimitable dancers teamed up for a one-night-only performance in New Orleans to commemorate Richardson's last season as a performer with Complexions. If you haven't seen Jim Lafferty's gorgeous shots of their rehearsals in our April/May issue, you're missing out. This is one outtake we didn't have room for in the magazine, and I had to share it.

Dance is literally intoxicating at Ballets With a Twist. The New York City–based dance troupe is known for bringing cocktails to life onstage. Choreographer Marilyn Klaus’ work celebrates popular drinks like the martini, the mai tai and the manhattan—and audience members get one to sip on the spot. It’s a concept that’s sure to draw a younger crowd to the theater. This weekend Ballets With a Twist will premiere “Mint Julep” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

What would it be like to dance with The Joffrey Ballet? Get an inside look with "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance." The first documentary of the legendary company is a treasure trove of archival footage and images. It will have a week-long run at Cinema Village in New York City starting tomorrow, with special guest panelists offering their personal stories about the company. April 27 will feature Francesca Corkle and Denise Jackson, and April 28 will feature Margo Sappington.

Who would have guessed a member of The Beatles would be nominated for the Benois de la Danse? Sure enough, Sir Paul McCartney is one of two composers in the running for the prestigious award, which is celebrating it's twentieth anniversary this year. An international jury led by Yuri Grigorovich and John Neumeier will make the final selections, to be revealed at the Bolshoi Theater on May 22. Here are the rest of the nominations:

 

CHOREOGRAPHERS

National Dance Week starts tomorrow. We’ve been so busy putting the final touches on Pointe’s June/July issue that I almost forgot about it until my home studio, Professional Ballet School in California, posted on Facebook that they’re offering free dance classes. If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend you check one out.

It’s that time of year again: Youth America Grand Prix finals. This weekend, scores of talented young dancers will descend on New York City, hoping to impress, to be seen, to win a medal, a scholarship or maybe even a job. Merde to all of the Pointe readers who will be competing!

 

Long days in the studio or theater require lots of water to prevent dehydration—and tasty snacks to stay energized! Try this recipe for muesli muffins from the Royal Danish Ballet’s multi-talented Shelby Elsbree: “Nuts and fruits can  get monotonous. I decided that I should concoct a 'Power Snack' to enjoy during our short intermissions. I came up with these multi-berry, high energy muesli muffins. They have an optimum combo of powerful, tasty ingredients in every bite.”

 

Another reason to be jealous of Torontonians: The National Ballet of Canada offers a very cool series called Ballet Class with the Stars. Every month or so, the company’s principal dancers take a break from rehearsals to teach an open master class to local dance students. Participation is open to any aspiring preprofessional aged 14 or older who's reached at least an intermediate level of technique.

Marie Claire posted a fun, investigative slideshow earlier this week that compares the fitness levels of five types of athletes. In addition to a biker, a boxer, a yogi and a runner, they put American Ballet Theatre soloist Stella Abrera to the test. The results? Abrera had the strongest core—and unsurprisingly lovely legs.