Maintaining a student-teacher bond in ballet requires a balancing act more difficult than any exercise on pointe. Built on a foundation of trust and understanding, dancers must feel comfortable enough to place their budding careers in the hands of their instructor, but not so at ease that boundaries are crossed and respect is lost. During this week’s episode of "Bunheads," Michelle learned that befriending students comes at a cost.
Before opening its new purpose-built facilities this winter and relaunching its school this fall, Pennsylvania Ballet just unveiled a new website—and it's kind of great. By that I mean it's loaded with amazing photos and videos of the dancers rehearsing, performing, warming up, cracking up. Check it out at paballet.org.
For the second year in a row, Sacramento Ballet is teaming up with the Firefighters Burn Institute to create one hot 2013 calendar. Each month will feature a photo of a dancer and local firefighter partnered. The best part? You get to decide who makes the cut. Visit sacballet.org to vote for your favorite Sacramento Ballet dancers as many times as you want through August 10. Each vote is a tax-deductible fee of $2, and will benefit the Sacramento Ballet and the FFBI.
The Paris Opéra Ballet's American tour might be over, but they haven't completely abandoned us. On Sunday, August 5, movie theaters across the country will be showing POB's La Bayadère. This is no ordinary performance; it's Pointe cover girl Ludmila Pagliero's breakout as Gamzatti.
Cincinnati Ballet is gearing up for its 50th anniversary season next year. To prepare, they're giving away free ice cream to anyone willing to donate historic Cincinnati Ballet paraphernalia—photos, newspaper clippings, recollections, programs, memorabilia and ticket stubs at least five years old. The event takes place this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center.
Whether it’s as simple as transferring their weight before a pirouette or as complicated as transitioning into a new phase of their career, dancers always need to be on their toes and ready for anything. In this week’s episode of "Bunheads," Michelle did just that, setting aside her apprehensions and assuming an unfamiliar role.
Next time you open your fridge in search of a nutritious breakfast, consider adding a slice of cake to the mix. Yes, you heard me right—dessert with breakfast! Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel believe that adding a something sugary to a high-protein meal in the morning could result in long-term weight loss. Their study showed that those who had a treat with their healthy breakfast had stable blood sugar levels and ate fewer calories throughout the rest of their day because their sweet tooth was already satisfied.
If you have one ankle that’s stronger than the other, listen up! According to a recent study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes with uneven ankle strengths are nine times more likely to sprain an ankle, especially when landing from jumps. When the muscles surrounding your ankle don't have the same amount of strength in each foot, the impact of the jump doesn't get absorbed evenly, which can result in stretched or torn ligaments. Try some of these exercises to even yourself out: