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.
A quintessential Bournonville piece, Flower Festival in Genzano was originally a one-act ballet choreographed in 1858 for the Royal Danish Ballet. Although the full ballet was inspired by an Alexandre Dumas tale, today only the pas de deux survives. Nevertheless, the charming love story is still apparent in this flirtatious duet, which includes an entrance, two variations and a coda.
Everybody seems crazy for kale right now. Some experts even argue that it's the superfood of superfoods. One cup has only 33 calories, but contains over 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, 200 percent of vitamin A, 10 percent each of folate and calcium, and even a couple grams of protein. But the vegetable in its raw form can be a bit rough (it's known as a go-to digestive aid for a reason). How can you make it tastier?
It's hard to take your eyes off Maria Kochetkova, whether she's on stage or off. In a tutu, it's the delicate dynamism of her dancing that makes her magnetic. On the street, it's her out-of-this-world fashion sense.
"If you could write a letter to your first love, what would it say?"
To celebrate their company premiere of John Cranko's Onegin, San Francisco Ballet is hosting a Tumblr account where people can submit letters to their first loves. Some of the notes are short but sweet, some are sacharrine but moving and others are hauntingly sad. Check it out, and add your own, at sfballet.tumblr.com
There's so much great dance going on outdoors this time of year. Jacob's Pillow, Summerstage, Saratoga Springs, Wolf Trap, Vail, the list seems endless. In addition to the thrill of seeing dancers leap among the leaves, one of the best parts is that many of these events are offered for free!