Pirouette Power

Pirouette Power

Pirouettes! En Pointe!   I have a friend who says, “I hate pirouettes. If there was any way to kill them, I would.” I think every one of us ladies has had the experience of putting on her pointe shoes while dreading the inevitable pirouette...
Ballet Is Always in Style

Ballet Is Always in Style

It seems like ballet dancers have been popping up in all kinds of fashion spreads these days! First we noticed a few of ABT’s most beautiful men in the February issue of Elle magazine, lounging at the ABT studios with model Nataša Vojnović (and some JKO School...
Finishing Strong at SAB

Finishing Strong at SAB

As a red-headed guy, you’re going to stand out on stage anyway; it might as well be for the right reasons. Nineteen-year-old Alexander Peters had that covered at the School of American Ballet’s annual workshop performances in June. Peters showed off his...
Wendy Whelan Talks Teaching

Wendy Whelan Talks Teaching

Wendy Whelan, NYCB principal, on teaching a recent master class at Manhattan Movement & Arts: I don’t teach often, so I’m learning about myself as a teacher. You have to articulate both with your body and with your words. A certain word might make all...
Bringing Attention to Ballet

Bringing Attention to Ballet

This morning, there was a very interesting article in the New York Times’ Style section about Benjamin Millepied. It’s quite long, and pretty thought-provoking. As we all know, Millepied is engaged to Hollywood star Natalie Portman (of Black Swan), and the...
"I Am.."

"I Am.."

Since my last blog about New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in Le Tombeau de Couperin, I’ve been thinking a lot about young dancers, and how they transform from students into professionals. Most of the dancers onstage for that performance, (especially...
Strength in Surprising Places

Strength in Surprising Places

Like most dancers I know, I can’t stand watching myself on film. Really, I’m that slow? It’s not that I dance behind the music, but I never look quite sharp enough. Innately smooth, lyrical and calm, my natural movement quality works all right in...

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