Meggie Hermanson's blog

When it comes to dance photography, I have a serious soft spot.  Dane Shitagi’s Ballerina Project, Lois Greenfield’s work, I love it all. And so, I was delighted when a friend showed me what baseball player-turned-actor-turned-photographer Jordan Matter has been working on: Dancers Among Us.  It’s been around since 2009, and is a labor of love between Matter, professional dancers from all over and New York City’s magnificent cityscape.

 

Does a weekend of dancing in sunny Southern California with some of the biggest names in the business sound appealing to you?  Then the Anaheim International Dance Festival might be the perfect end to your summer.

 

New York City.  From classical ballet to post-modern dance, the Big Apple has it all. American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet are at the pinnacle of the ballet world, the crème de la crème. Many a young ballet dancer dreams of performing in one of Lincoln Center’s famed theaters. But for most, they’re unattainable. With a history of hiring dancers from their specifically tracked schools (JKO and SAB), other aspiring ballerinas may be kept out of the loop.

 

Last night I attended Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance's Summer Soiree, the second event of its 2011 Salon Series. It was truly an evening of artistic innovation and collaboration, complete with live music, visual art—and of course, dancing.

 

For everyone getting ready to head off to summer intensives, here's another thing to add to your packing list: some good books! Reading can be a great way to give your exhausted body a much-needed rest. Books in print, e-reader editions, books online, whatever floats your boat, check out some of the great works out there about dance. 

The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp

Keeping a snack in your dance bag is a must. But finding one that's portable, healthy and will sustain your energy? That can be a challenge. Energy bars are a frequent go-to solution for dancers. Unfortunately, however, they are often loaded with refined sugars and lack "real" ingredients.