Jennifer Stahl's blog

How come there are still so few black women in ballet? As Dance Theatre of Harlem makes its comeback this year, many dance fans are looking at the rosters of other major American ballet companies, and wondering why, in 2013, there is still so little diversity. Some say the African American community just isn't interested enough in ballet.

Still undecided whether to get a tablet subscription to Pointe? Our app was just spotlighted on magplus.com in a write-up that highlights how we've used digital features to bring the world of ballet to your fingertips.

No dancer should ever leave home without a good dose of inspiration. We've found one that's kind of awesome: The free New York City Ballet iPhone app. It’s constantly updated with fun new pictures of the dancers—both on stage and off—and has a Twitter section that shows a feed of tweets from company members. Best of all, it contains links to top NYCB video clips with dancers explaining their approaches to roles and dishing about what it’s actually like behind the scenes. Find it in the App Store.

 

Tiler Peck and Robert Farichild are making a special guest appearance in the New York Philharmonic's presentation of Carousel this weekend. To build anticipation, the company just posted some footage of the dancers rehearsing in the studio with choreographer Warren Carlyle. It's amazing to watch how quickly and fully Peck transforms into her character. Check it out here.

The night before a big audition comes with a terrible catch-22: You know you need to get a good night's sleep to be on top of your game in the morning, but with all of the anxiety and nerves coursing through your body, it becomes nearly impossible to nod off.

 

What can you do? Here are 5 surefire steps for getting on the express train to Dreamland.

 

Few things in ballet are more satisfying than the feeling of soaring around effortlessly in a perfect pirouette. Los Angeles Ballet wants to teach you how to nail that smooth sailing sensation every time. This Sunday, February 24, LAB’s monthly community day will include a free workshop on turning, taught by master teacher Ikolo Griffin (a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem).

Perfect your fondu: Watch a special tutorial from School of American Ballet faculty member Suki Schorer at dancemedia.com. Our sister publication Dance Teacher has a fantastic how-to clip with the iconic Balanchine teacher. Hear her tips on tempo, line and placement—and then get to the barre to put them in action!

 

Although the New York Philharmonic's upcoming production of Carousel focuses on Rodgers & Hammerstein's iconic music, the show will also feature one exceptional moment of dance: It's just been announced that New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild will guest star in a pas de deux in Act II. Peck will dance the role of Louise and Fairchild will portray the Carnival Boy, dancing choreography by Warren Carlyle. The show, performed in New York February 27–March 2, will be telecast nationally on PBS through "Live From Lincoln Center" on April 26.

It's fashion week in New York City, and the Joffrey Ballet School is getting its moment in the style spotlight. Louis Vuitton has sponsored "Reconstruction 3.0," a collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and New York's Joffrey Ballet School. Five teams of students from each program have created original choreography and music inspired by the French fashion house's heritage of travel, as well as costumes constructed from previous Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear garments.

Dwyane Wade, ballerina? "We feel at times on the court that we're like graceful ballerinas in the air," admits the Miami Heat superstar in a just-released video of a photo shoot with Miami City Ballet. Both Wade and his teammate LeBron James posed with MCB principals Patricia and Jeanette Delgado for a special marketing campaign.