This Week in Dance

This interview appeared in the February 6 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

 

This week’s episode of "Bunheads" opens with the dancers rehearsing in the studio, all in black leotards and tight buns. Watched with the volume turned down, the dancers appear to gracefully and seamlessly dance in unison. Turn the volume on and this vision of mature young ballerinas dissolves as Melanie and Ginny partake in a catty repartee about Melanie’s friendship with Cozette, which Ginny experiences as a best-friend betrayal.

This week’s episode of Bunheads, “The Astronaut and the Ballerina,” showcased the direction and meaning that ballet gives dancers’ lives. The characters participated in a human choreography as they tested their relationships and searched for a purpose.

 

This interview appeared in the January 16 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

Want to actually follow through on your resolutions this year? Keep yourself on track by journaling your progress. San Francisco–based dance instructor Cera Byer has designed an agenda book just for dancers. The 2013 Dancers Day Planner lets you plot out your goals for each month and each week. In addition to a to-do list, the daily appointment calendar gives you space to log your classes, planning your intentions ahead of time and then recording any corrections afterward. Each page also offers an inspirational quote, a technique tip or an exercise to try at home.

Quirky and appealing as Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Bunheads” can be, the charm flags quickly when she gets too far away from the dance studio. Last night’s winter season premiere spent many long minutes getting Michelle (Sutton Foster) back under the wing of Madame Fanny (Kelly Bishop) and the dancers back in training under Fanny’s eagle eye.

 

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Abi Stafford

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointereached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Shelby Elsbree

Company: Royal Danish Ballet

Rank: Corps de ballet

 

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.