Jennifer Stahl's blog

If Step Up can do it, why not Giselle? On July 12, you'll be able to watch ballet dancers sauté off the screen in 3D for the first time in history! Movie theaters nationwide will present the Kirov Ballet's Giselle at 12 pm and 7:30 pm (local time). Bolshoi Ballet star Natalie Osipova and Kirov phenom Leonid Sarafanov perform the leads in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. For a list of participating theaters in your area, check out fathomevents.com.

Registration is now open for the 40th Prix de Lausanne. The prestigious Swiss competition has launched many a dance career, and awarded hundreds of scholarships to top schools around the world. One of the coolest things about this particular competition? It always reserves a certain number of spots for students from small studios in order to even out the playing field so that the finals don't solely consist of dancers who come from big-name schools. I love that!

 

Bournonville training creates some of the most elegant male dancers in the ballet world. Their upper bodies seem to move with poise, ease and a mix of strength and lightness, no matter what sort of footwork is going on underneath. This was especially evident last night at the Royal Danish Ballet's performance in Lincoln Center, when a couple dozen or so of the company's men danced Bournonville Variations, a mash-up of traditional classroom exercises created by the other Mr. B.

Heads up NYC dancers—starting this Friday, 30 studios in the city are offering free classes for National Dance Week! There's a kickoff flash mob in Union Square tomorrow night (Aren't those supposed to be a surprise? Well, anyways, it's free dance!) and a culminating performance at Peridance's theater on Sunday, June 26 featuring Ballet Noir, Billy Elliot, plus a bunch of other companies and schools.

 

Find out the "when" and "where" of all the free classes at ndw-nyc.org/free-classes.

In ballet, your body is everything. But would you know what to do if you got injured in the middle of rehearsal?

 

For the fifth year in a row, Bebe Neuwirth, founder of The Dancers' Resource of The Actors Fund, presents "Healing The Dancer," a free seminar that offers practical health tips for professional dancers. This year's guest panel will explain the complexities of navigating the Workers' Compensation system, including instructions on how to report an injury at work. Robert LaFosse, former ABT and NYCB dancer is going to be the keynote speaker.

 

The National Ballet of Canada is offering its very own summer intensive for the first time this year. It runs July 4 through 15. Intermediate to advanced ballet students ages 14 to 18 are invited to the company's Toronto studios to train with professional artists from the National Ballet and other companies. Dancers will take classes in ballet, pointe, repertoire, jazz and hip hop every day from 9 am to 3 pm. The 10-day course costs $750. For more details, see national.ballet.ca.

Alina Cojocaru has no tendons—I am convinced of it! Legs aren't supposed to float up that high quite that easily. It's kind of absurd. Just like her supernatural sense of balance. Seriously, I'm pretty sure she could drink an entire cup of coffee while hanging out on pointe in arabesque.

 

Well, this is going to make for one awesome "first dance:" At American Ballet Theatre's gala on Monday night, Ethan Stiefel proposed to Gillian Murphy backstage right after she finished performing Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. And...she said yes! The couple has been dating for over a decade after a close friendship blossomed into something more. 

 

Congrats you two!

Last month, severe storms ripped through the South, leaving dozens dead and an estimated 10,000 people in need of a place to live. Alabama was one of the states hit the hardest. To help out their neighbors in need, Huntsville Ballet Company will present two special encore performances of Stars and Stripes on May 31 and June 1 at VBC Concert Hall in Huntsville, AL. Both shows are completely free to the public. Company members are asking for donations to help families affected by the tornadoes and will be collecting non-perishable food items at the theater.

Calling all choreographers! You can win $15,000 towards your own show in NYC. All you've got to do is enter a clip of your choreography in the Capezio A.C.E. Award contest on dancemedia.com by the end of this week. Fifteen finalists will be invited to perform at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York on July 30, where one winner and two runners up will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges. Submit your video here!