The prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition wrapped up this weekend, and scholarship winners have been announced—including Precious Adams, an American dancer who's been studying at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. Here's the full list:
Haruo Niyama, Japan Hakucho Ballet Academy
Sae Maeda, Japan Mayumi Kinouchi Ballet Studio
Precious Adams, USA Bolshoi Ballet Academy
David Fernando Navarro Yudes, Spain Princess Grace Academy, Monte-Carlo
Our very own advice columnist, former Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Amy Brandt, recently did an interview for the ballet podcast Balancing Pointe. In it she shares her personal—and not entirely traditional—journey through the professional ballet world, and her words of wisdom for aspiring dancers. (Faithful "Ask Amy" readers know just how wise Amy's words are.)
Elegant Darcey Bussell was one of The Royal Ballet's star ballerinas for two decades, impressing audiences with her beautifully refined technique (and those legs). Here she is breezing through a fiendishly difficult variation from Frederick Ashton's Sylvia. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
Viktor & Rolf presented its spring Spring/Summer 2014 collection last week, and the show featured a symphony of fluid confections. Nearly every piece looked like it might be right at home in a ballet studio—even more so because all were modeled by corps dancers from Dutch National Ballet, who bourréed down the runway en pointe. "We literally wanted to elevate the whole collection," designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren told Vogue. The duo is also slated to create costumes for a new work by Jorma Elo, which Dutch National Ballet will premiere in April.
The new Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" has been described as the television version of Black Swan—so it's only fitting that the show's lead is a veteran of the film.
Starz announced today that Dresden Semperoper's Sarah Hay—a talented dancer who was a member of Black Swan's corps (we interviewed her about the film back in 2010)—has been cast as "Flesh and Bone"'s Claire, an aspiring ballerina with "a distinctly troubled past."
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At 92, Cuban prima ballerina Alicia Alonso is a living legend. Now director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, she had a brilliant dancing career despite being partially blind from the age of 19. Here she is (with the none-too-shabby Azari Plisetsky) in excerpts from the Black Swan pas de deux—showing off, among other things, her prodigious turning ability. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
We all know how things get toward the end of long runs of The Nutcracker. Come late December, as the performance tally gets higher and higher, many of us begin to feel a little crazy. (Some companies even channel that cabin fever into spoof performances, like Ballet West's Nutty Nutcracker.)
In this video, posted yesterday, a Moscow Ballet "Arabian" background dancer (the one on the left whose costume vaguely approximates the Cheetos mascot) decided to have a little extra fun during a performance. The result is, we're sorry to say, very funny.