This Week in Dance

While warming up in the wings today at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, I noticed some pre-show rituals that the professional dancers used. Running around the stage seemed to be the most popular. Everyone was very relaxed, joking around and laughing. Praying and vigorous relevés also took place. I also noticed that some of the dancers were hurt, yet when they stepped onto the stage they completely tuned their injuries out. 

For the first time ever, Youth America Grand Prix is producing "Ballet Grand Prix," a gala tour presenting YAGP winners and some of today's biggest ballet talent: Jose Manuel Carreño, Irina Dvorovenko, Michele Wiles, Drew Jacoby, Rubinald Pronk, and more. Fourteen-year-old Tyler Donatelli from Southland Ballet Academy shares her experiences performing on the tour with pointemagazine.com.

 

Can't make it to Switzerland this weekend? No problem! You can watch the Prix de Lausanne finals live online.

 

Beginning at 9 am EST, the competition will host a live broadcast of the competitors' performances at www.prixdelausanne-live.com. If you download the free Prix de Lausanne app, you can even watch it directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

 

Injuries can be devastating to a dancer. How do you survive when you can't perform or even take class?

 

The Dancers' Resource, part of The Actor's Fund in New York City, is offering a support group for injured dancers. The eight week program, led by The Dancers' Resource social worker, offers a space for professionals to confidentially discuss the emotional issues that accompany an injury. 

 

Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to March 1

Times: 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Location: The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 11th Floor

Each year, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts invites the country's most talented high school seniors to Miami for YoungArts Week for master classes, interdisciplinary workshops, performances and more. Out of the 5164 applicants, this year's 148 finalists were just named, and they include ballet students Jaimi Cullen, Cassandra Trenary and Alexandra Koszeghy.

 

Get ready for the new year by giving your computer or phone a ballet makeover. Following their successful "Moving Movements" campaign throughout Germany, Hamburg Ballet is offering free wallpapers and screensavers of images of their dancers. Download your favorites for free at http://www.hamburgballett.de/e/desktop.htm

As an editor at Pointe, sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store. I'm constantly surrounded by all things ballet, I'm able to see some of the best performances and I get to meet many of the dancers and artists I idolized when I was growing up. I know that I am one incredibly lucky bunhead. So as I stuff my face with turkey and pumpkin pie tomorrow, here are a few of the top ballet-related things I will be thankful for.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Genee International Ballet Competition! Francesca Hayward, 18, and Sean Bates, 18, both of the Royal Ballet School, were awarded silver medals. Orazio Di Bella, 19, of the Elmhurst School of Dance, Lachlan Monaghan, 17, and Tierney Heap, 17, of the Royal Ballet School won bronze medals.

 

I have an odd confession to make: I enjoy watching dancers who have bad feet. And I don't just mean that I can appreciate good dancers in spite of their stereotypically "bad" ballet feet. I actually like their lack of instep and/or little arch.