Today, Irina Kolpakova is a beloved and esteemed coach at American Ballet Theatre. For many years, however, she was the star of the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Ballet, renowed for the crystalline precision of her technique. Here's a video of Kolpakova in her prime, dancing three rare variations from Raymonda. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
Winter is coming, whether you're ready for the frigid temperatures or not. And it seems like no matter how much your studio cranks up the heat, warming up takes twice as long after shuffling in from the snow. Pointe got physical therapist Katie Lemmon, who works with Joffrey Ballet dancers, to share her favorite ways to fire up the body fast.
U.S. ballet fans did a little sauté for joy when it was announced earlier this year that the Royal Opera House would be bringing its popular movie broadcasts stateside. Tonight, The Royal Ballet's production of Christopher Wheeldon's fanciful Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will air in cinemas across the country at 7 pm local time.
Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to soloist Megan LeCrone.
One of the reasons we find city.ballet. is so appealing is that the show's production team managed to get honest—sometimes brutally honest—interviews out of NYCB's dancers. There isn't a sense that they're on their best behavior. They just seem like themselves.
The news coming out of the Bolshoi these days is dismal. But let's not forget the exceptional artists who transcend the ugly company politics. In that spirit, here's one of the company's greatest ballerinas, Maya Plisetskaya, dancing The Dying Swan in 1986—at the tender age of 61. She's truly incredible. Happy #ThrowbackThursday, everyone.
More scandalous news from the Bolshoi Ballet: American dancer Joy Womack claims that one of the company's directors—whom she has not named but made clear was not artistic director Sergei Filin—demanded she pay $10,000 to secure a role. "Joy, you don’t have a sponsor," the official told Womack, as she recalled to Russian paper Isvestiya (according to TIME). "You need to have some kind of sponsor who can somehow sort of speak for you.
After my internship at Pointe, I wanted to keep learning about the ballet world. So I recently began working as a shoe fitter at Chacott by Freed of London's store in Manhattan. Fitting shoes is a bit of a science. It requires anatomical knowledge of feet, an understanding of how they should be supported, and an appreciation of ballet's particular aesthetic.
For years, nutritionists have been telling us never to skip breakfast. The belief behind the truism is that forgoing a morning meal results in overeating later in the day to make up for the lost calories—and that eating within an hour or so of waking up kick-starts the metabolism, resulting in a greater calorie burn over the course of the day.
Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to corps member Silas Farley, who found out on-camera that he'd be joining NYCB .