Blogs

 Few dancers have been as popular with audiences as Angel Corella. When he gave his farewell performance with American Ballet Theatre last night, the vast Metropolitan Opera House, rarely full to the rafters, was sold out. Ballet lovers had come from all over to say goodbye.

 

Lots of dancers like to ice sore muscles before heading into the studio, thinking that they’re doing themselves a favor. But they’re doing the exact opposite! A recent study at the University of Ulster and the University of Limerick showed that icing actually reduces muscle strength, bodily awareness and agility for 15 to 20 minutes afterwards. This is because the cold temperature slows nerve impulses, which prevents muscles and tendons from working together. The study also found that icing right before class or rehearsal could make a dancer more likely to get injured.

The Boston International Ballet Competition completed its second edition last week with stunning performances and a surprise award. In case you missed it, here are the highlights:

 

 In true ballet fashion, “Bunheads” owes a lot to the enduring power of fairy tales. A Broadway princess (Tony Award winner Sutton Foster) wakes up in a town called Paradise (a nice dash of magical thinking there) to find herself in the shelter of a ballet studio run by a fairy godmother—okay, actually godmother-in-law. The princess escapes from a Las Vegas past that separated her from ballet—her first love—to a kingdom of niceness and sincerity.

 

Where can you find Pointe covers adorning heavy machinery? The Gaynor Minden factory, of course. Apparently our December 2010/January 2011 cover featuring Alina Cojocaru in her signature Gaynors festoon the factory's walls and machines. This Eagle Tribune article about the building's new solar panels takes readers inside the space where the company produces around 100,000 pointe shoes a year. Alina would inspire me to make that many shoes, too.

Discount Dance Supply's models are no joke. Over the past year, they've included Cuban ballerina Viengsay Valdes, Complexions' Natalia Alonso, La Scala's Francesca Podini, ABT's Brittany DeGroftt and Elina Miettinen. In addition to showing off DDS' line of dancewear, each of these ladies sat down for an interview and gave a special performance, captured on camera.

This summer, Pointe is taking a peek inside the Joffrey Ballet's International Summer Intensive with guest blogs from dancer Rachel Davis of New Jersey.

 

All too often, those final rehearsals before a performance make it seem like everything's destined to go wrong on stage. Last night's episode of "Breaking Pointe" showed the Ballet West dancers succombing to that pre-show stress: They struggled with props, they wrestled with tempos, they let their anxiety throw them off.

 

We've all been there. Although there's obviously no such thing as "perfect" in ballet, it's still something every dancer strives for. And the nerves that pressure creates are ludicrous.

 

Remember how awesome pop-up books were as a kid? With each turn of the page, there was something new to pull out, to twist open, to discover.

 

Well, we've basically created a pop-up Pointe magazine—on your iPad. Throughout our digital edition you'll uncover extra photos, bonus videos and exclusive giveaways. Read about your favorite dancers and watch them perform all in the same place.

 

Good news for the ballet world: The Joffrey just added three new dancers to its roster for the 2012-13 season, bringing its total number of company members up to 45. South Carolina native Cara Marie Gary joins after dancing with ABT II and as an apprentice with Orlando Ballet, Guillaume Basso comes from Houston Ballet II and Yoshihisa Arai previously danced as a demi-soloist with Tulsa Ballet.