Struggling to hone your interpretation of a new role? You may want to reach for some fruit. Many fruits, like bananas and peaches, are high in the amino acid tyrosine, and according to a recent study published in Psychological Research, foods with high tyrosine levels may help us to think harder and more creatively.
You probably remember filmmaker and former Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz's mini-documentary In a Day's Work: It trailed New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns throughout her day, and gave viewers a sense of the mental and physical stamina required of a ballerina at the top of her game.
It takes the work of a ballet dancer to embody the words of Shakespeare. With the help of Sergei Prokofiev’s masterful score, the Royal Ballet's Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling approach this task with heartbreaking beauty. They perform the iconic balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in this recording of the company’s 1984 production—and their movement speaks.
It's rare for a U.S.-based ballet school to recruit from Latin America, but Miami City Ballet is setting a new precedent. In November, MCB School will conduct its International Master Class Tour, which can function as a MCB summer intensive audition for interested students. The tour will make multiple stops in Brazil, including Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Vitoria.
Apple picking season is here, making it that much easier to find a healthy snack when you're on the go. Apples are full of fiber and nutrients, and research (detailed in a recent Shape magazine article) shows that they can improve your body's overall health. With thousands of varieties to choose from, each with its own individual flavor and nutritional perks, you can enjoy them all autumn long.
Here are a few dancer-friendly varieties to get you started:
Exciting things are underfoot at American Ballet Theatre as they begin their 75th anniversary season. But this week brought bittersweet news: Three of their principal dancers have announced their retirements. Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes will retire at the end of ABT's 2015 season in New York City.
In case you need another reason to reach for fruits and vegetables when you're packing your dance bag, new research conducted by the University of Warwick's Medical School found these foods could be just as good for your mental health as they are for your physical health.
Among the set, costuming and score of a ballet, movement becomes the most powerful form of expression—especially in romantic-era story ballets, which entertain and convey a plot without words. Thus, the most underrated skill of a professional dancer becomes crucial: miming. The subtlest gesture can convey heartbreak, joy and even the desires and frustrations of certain characters.