Daily Dance

New York City Ballet luminary Allegra Kent's delightful children's book, Ballerina Swan, was a hit with fans and critics when it came out last year. Now the tale of Sophie, a swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina, is coming to the New York City stage. Making Books Sing's production of Ballerina Swan opens November 9 at Theater 3 on 43rd St—and it features Edward Villella as the voice of Mr. Balletski, the choreographer who gives Sophie a chance.

Here at Pointe, we're lucky to work with several of the ballet world's best photographers. While some of them came to dance photography through roundabout routes, others were dancers first. And former dancers have an insider's understanding of how to capture that perfect ballet moment in a photograph.

The premiere date for "city.ballet," New York City Ballet's documentary web series, has been announced: It'll air on AOL On beginning November 4th.

 

Former New York City Ballet principal Nilas Martins and former NYCB principal and American Ballet Theatre soloist Monique Meunier recently began their tenure as co-directors of the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre (ANBT). Pointe asked the husband-and-wife team about their plans for the school, and their advice for pre-professional students.

What is your vision for ANBT?

Taiwanese ballet dancer Liao Yi Hsuan recently filmed an ad for denim company Lee Cooper—and it's unexpectedly heart-wrenching.

Liao isn't a world-class ballerina, an artist of such phenomenal gifts that she's guaranteed success. Instead, she's like many of us: Talented, yes, but above all, passionately committed to ballet.

Sometimes even dancers themselves don't realize how hard they work. But this fascinating time-lapse video, capturing a day of class and rehearsals in Boston Ballet's Studio 7, makes it clear just how much goes into the ballet dancer's average workday.

To a dancer, watching the film (which was created by David Gifford and Adrian Dalca of MIT with high-tech GoPro cameras) feels strangely dream-like. We've known days like this, and yet seeing one in a pseudo-abstract context is like having an out-of-body experience.

You know a ballet meme is good when it makes you chuckle to yourself and think, "So true." The most recent meme to capture what it's really like to be a ballet dancer is Ballet Monsters, a series of cartoons created by artist Keith Lin that are now circling the internet.

This interview first appeared in the June 5 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

You can always count on Youth America Grand Prix to bring in ballet's biggest names—and last night's YAGP gala in NYC was no exception. Teresa Reichlen? Viengsay Valdés? Dorothée Gilbert? Marcelo Gomes? Maria Kochetkova? Check, check, check, check and check.