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Lauren Post and Luis Ribagorda in ABT's 2010 Innovation Initiative performance.
(Photo by Gene Schiavone)

 

The endless love affair between dance and fashion will never get old. Especially when photographic geniuses like Annie Leibovitz compose moments like this one:

Leibovitz's photographs for Vogue are usually whimsical, romantic and downright inspired. In these, she's succeeded again, capturing the magic of the Palais Garnier—home of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Ballet documentaries, why are you so few and far between? We have to wait until next summer for the documentary Black Ballerina, which promises a candid discussion of racial disparities in the ballet world. And the latest buzz— Another Adventure, featuring Joy Womack—is still making the indie festival rounds, without a release date in sight.

Dance lovers around the country are bracing themselves for Wendy Whelan's farewell performance with New York City Ballet on Saturday, October 18. Today, NPR's Morning Edition featured an interview with the iconic ballerina, including comments from choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

 

(Vaganova Academy graduate Olga Smirnova and Karim Abdullin, photo by Damir Yusupov)

 

You probably remember filmmaker and former Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz's mini-documentary In a Day's Work: It trailed New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns throughout her day, and gave viewers a sense of the mental and physical stamina required of a ballerina at the top of her game.

It's rare for a U.S.-based ballet school to recruit from Latin America, but Miami City Ballet is setting a new precedent. In November, MCB School will conduct its International Master Class Tour, which can function as a MCB summer intensive audition for interested students. The tour will make multiple stops in Brazil, including Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Vitoria.

In June, Miami City Ballet partnered up with a new Fort Lauderdale-based magazine called Venice to produce a series of stunning underwater dance photos.

The images feature Miami City Ballet Dancers Emily Bromberg, Leigh-Ann Esty, Lexie Overholt, Ariel Rose and Chase Swatosh. Photographer George Kamper shot the dancers in the safety of a backyard pool, and then digitally combined them with images he took of shipwrecks off the coast of Florida.

Have you heard? The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and National Ballet of Canada are teaming up for a truly epic day of behind-the-scenes access. October 1st is World Ballet Day.