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I rang the doorbell at photographer Nathan Sayers' studio a couple of weeks ago, and was surprised to hear the sharp yapping of a little dog.  The door opened to reveal a little Yorkie (I think), and a laughing voice called "Henry! Come here!".  Henry turned and trotted into the studio, making a beeline for Sterling Hyltin, a principal with New York City Ballet, who was having her trademark mermaid hair coiffed by hair and makeup artist Chuck Jensen.

 

"Ballet dancers have a singular approach to a step. But in Gaga you figure out that there's more than one way to lift your arm—and then you do that with every part of your body."

 

Sometimes I get jealous of Seattle. Not only am I a huge fan of the rain and good coffee, but they have so much great contemporary ballet!

 

Considering college? You're in luck. Juilliard is hosting a special event for high school dancers on Sunday, October 3. "Dancing Through College and Beyond," offers a full day of networking, information and panels, brining together representatives form over 20 college dance departments. Participating schools include The Ailey School/Fordham University, The Boston Conservatory, The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and more.

Taking a cue from his friends in fashion, Stephen Petronio is adapting SoHo's latest trend to dance. Over the past couple of years, "pop-up" stores have flash-filled New York's empty storefronts for, appearing and then disappearing within just a week or so while merchandisers take advantage of unused space to quickly unload their stock.

 

My favorite kind of ballerina is the kind that is not known for one particular quality.  I love watching someone whose dancing is multifaceted and can adapt to any kind of choreography, music or mood.  I think it's a sign of artistic maturity and a true understanding of all the possibilities of expression that ballet can present.  I was lucky enough to see two such dancers yesterday, Sofiane Sylve (a principal at SFB) and Savannah Lowery (a soloist at NYCB).  I was invited to watch a rehearsal they had with Avi Scher, and since I'm a huge fan of Sofiane's, and also now o

If you live in the Winnipeg area, you're in for a ballet treat to kick off the fall season.

 

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is hosting a free performance on October 4 in honor of it's late Artistic Director Emeritus Dr. Arnold Spohr, who passed away in April. Spohr led RWB for three decades. The tribute will be co-hosted by choreographer Stephanie Ballard and Spohr's biographer (and Pointe contributor!) Michael Crabb. RWB dancers and guest artists will perform work by Jiri Kylian, Peter Quanz, Itzak Galili and others.

 

As a ballet dancer, one of the last things you ever want to hear is a doctor or physical therapist tell you to take time off from dancing. You think, “There’s no way I’m doing that. I’ll be so out of shape!” However, sometimes it’s unavoidable. You just can’t dance, and you need to take a break to get better.

The following is a guest blog by San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan, currently on tour with the company in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stay tuned for more posts from Yuan Yuan!