Balanchine

 

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

 

Fishnets, gangsters, vaudeville and. . . Balanchine? One of these things may not seem like the others, but dancers know it’s a killer combination. The 1936 Broadway musical Rodgers & Hart’s On Your Toes combines all this, plus song-and-dance tap numbers, and it's currently being reprised at New York City Center May 8-12.

Perfect your fondu: Watch a special tutorial from School of American Ballet faculty member Suki Schorer at dancemedia.com. Our sister publication Dance Teacher has a fantastic how-to clip with the iconic Balanchine teacher. Hear her tips on tempo, line and placement—and then get to the barre to put them in action!

 

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