There's not a single ballet dancer I know who doesn't have a love/hate affair with her pointe shoes. Her artistry depends on her shoes never letting her down. But while they can give her the strength and support to find freedom onstage, if she doesn't have the right fit or doesn't understand how to use them, her shoes will simply be an endless source of blisters, bruised toenails, Achilles tendonitis and more.
I'm going to see NYCB on Saturday, and Serenade is first on the program. I've decided recently that it's probably my favorite ballet, and here's why:
From the very first moment the beautiful "Serenade for Strings" by Tschaikovsky begins, I feel goosebumps. There's just something about those first few majestic phrases that is so moving and so pleasing. I'm thinking about it right now, and it's making me smile in delicious anticipation of that moment tomorrow night. Then the curtain rises, and it's bliss from then on.
When I daydream about Antony Tudor, I instantly picture his signature works: Leaves Are Fading, Dark Elegies and Jardin Aux Lilas. But with successful creation comes clear instruction; something I often forget when “cooing” over great choreography.
To drum up excitement for Fall for Dance (which starts tomorrow!) City Center gathered iMixes from a handful of the participating companies. Check out the songs that New York City Ballet's Teresa Reichlin, Robert Fairchild, Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle chose for their mix here. They have an awesome collection of Billy Joel, Vampire Weekend, The Clash and more. You can catch the dancers performing Ulysses Dove's Red Angles on Thursday and Friday this week.
This Saturday, you can take a class with Rex Harrington—on your laptop! To celebrate Canada's Culture Days, The National Ballet of Canada is hosting a live webcast of a master class led by the former NBC principal and current artist-in-residence. Barre and center work will be streaming live from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST from the company's rehearsal studios in Toronto.
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.