Jennifer Stahl's blog

This Saturday, you can take a class with Rex Harrington—on your laptop! To celebrate Canada's Culture Days, The National Ballet of Canada is hosting a live webcast of a master class led by the former NBC principal and current artist-in-residence. Barre and center work will be streaming live from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST from the company's rehearsal studios in Toronto.

"Ballet dancers have a singular approach to a step. But in Gaga you figure out that there's more than one way to lift your arm—and then you do that with every part of your body."

 

Sometimes I get jealous of Seattle. Not only am I a huge fan of the rain and good coffee, but they have so much great contemporary ballet!

 

Considering college? You're in luck. Juilliard is hosting a special event for high school dancers on Sunday, October 3. "Dancing Through College and Beyond," offers a full day of networking, information and panels, brining together representatives form over 20 college dance departments. Participating schools include The Ailey School/Fordham University, The Boston Conservatory, The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and more.

Taking a cue from his friends in fashion, Stephen Petronio is adapting SoHo's latest trend to dance. Over the past couple of years, "pop-up" stores have flash-filled New York's empty storefronts for, appearing and then disappearing within just a week or so while merchandisers take advantage of unused space to quickly unload their stock.

 

If you live in the Winnipeg area, you're in for a ballet treat to kick off the fall season.

 

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is hosting a free performance on October 4 in honor of it's late Artistic Director Emeritus Dr. Arnold Spohr, who passed away in April. Spohr led RWB for three decades. The tribute will be co-hosted by choreographer Stephanie Ballard and Spohr's biographer (and Pointe contributor!) Michael Crabb. RWB dancers and guest artists will perform work by Jiri Kylian, Peter Quanz, Itzak Galili and others.

 

The Black Swan trailer is out! Even though there are some beautiful dancing shots, this obviously is not your typical ballet movie. Take a peek at the trailer to see for yourself.

 

And stay tuned for more about the movie in Pointe's December/January issue—we went behind the scenes during a day of filming to get the inside scoop from the dancers, cast and crew. Blood, groping and the funky chicken were only a few of the highlights from the scene on set. 

Whenever I take class, I sometimes feel like there are a million and one things going through my head: 

 

"Turn out your feet (but from the hips)"

 

"Straighten your knees"

 

"Softer port de bras"

 

"Relax your shoulders"

 

"Ribs down"

 

"Wait, not too much—stay lifted"

 

"Play with the music a little more"

 

"Turn out more"

 

"Pointe your feet"

 

"No, seriously, come on, work that turnout"

 

Virginia Johnson, Pointe's founding editor in chief, will hold a free master class at Dance Theatre of Harlem studios on Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm!

 

Now artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Johnson invites advanced students to get a taste of DTH and learn about their Professional Training Program, a training intensive designed to give advanced students the career skills and high level dance competence required by the field.

 

If you're interested in attending, contact Christopher McDaniel at www.facebook.com/chrismcdaniel08

Whether you're training in an elite academy, a wealthy suburban conservatory or a studio in the middle of Rio de Janiero's dirt poor favelas, the path to becoming a professional dancer is never easy.