Trending

These Dancers Went All Out for Halloween, and We Love the Results

For dancers, every day is like Halloween. You don't have to wait until October to try on new personas and elaborate costumes. But that certainly didn't stop the ballet world from going full out yesterday. We rounded up some of our favorites across Instagram to help draw the *spooky* holiday spirit out for one more day.

Matthew Bourne's New Adventure's production of The Red Shoes is nearing its final performances at New York City Center this weekend. American Ballet Theatre's Marcelo Gomes is guest-starring in the production as Julian Craster, the composer boyfriend to protagonist Victoria Page. But for Halloween, Marcelo donned the infamous red shoes himself to dress as the leading ingenue.


Dance Theater of Harlem's Ingrid Silva (and Pointe's June/July cover star) dressed as a unicorn alongside her dog, Frida Kahlo.


Silva's not the only one to include her dog in her costume plans. A number of Miami City Ballet dancers brought their furry friends to work dressed in costumes from Balanchine's Jewels.


But don't worry. The MCB dancers dressed up too.


Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Elle Macy and Angelica Generosa put their extensive leotard collections to good use as Olympic figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen. Their skating moves are pretty impressive (pointe shoes and all).


Misty Copeland provided costume inspiration for a huge number of aspiring bunheads. We love seeing all of these little Misty look-alikes; check out her Instagram page for even more examples.


Ballet West soloist Allison DeBona put her powers of flight to good use.


Dancers dressing as other dancers is our favorite costume category. Isabella Boylston threw it back to last year's Halloween when she embodied Sylvie Guillem alongside James Whiteside's Natalia Makarova.


And Whiteside kept the tradition alive as Anna Pavlova at ABT's annual Halloween ballet class (this year on the stage of Lincoln Center's Koch Theater).


New York City Ballet principal Ashley Bouder turned the holiday into a family affair with matching costumes.


And Boston Ballet made this spooky film starring some scary dancer emojis.



Viral Videos

Buying your first pair of pointe shoes is a huge milestone. Below, ThePointeShop's Josephine Lee gives some of her top tips on finding the best fit for first time pointe shoe wearers.

Keep reading... Show less
Rachel Neville, Courtesy Audition Dancewear

When you dig through your collection of leotards before class, do you ever think about how they're made, or what they're made from? Chances are, most dancers don't, and Audition Dancewear wants to do something about that.

The company—run by two mother-daughter duos, Kathy and Caroline Perry and Shelly and Suzanna Lathrum—has begun making leotards from recycled materials to reduce their carbon footprint and raise awareness around plastic consumption. The result is a sleek line of leos that don't sacrifice style or function, and that use four or five recycled water bottles per leo.

Keep reading... Show less
Ballet Careers
American Contemporary Ballet in rehearsal. Anastasia Petukhova, Courtesy ACB.

Lincoln Jones felt there was a pertinence missing from ballet when he decided to form American Contemporary Ballet. "People looking at a film today can pick apart screenwriting versus art direction and editing," says Jones. "They are really conversant with it. I thought ballet is never going to feel super-relevant until people can do that."

So how to do that? Connect the audience to the show.

Keep reading... Show less
Sponsored by The Rock School
From left: Sarah Lapointe, Derek Dunn and Jeanette Kakareka. Courtesy The Rock School

For more than five decades, The Rock School for Dance Education has been launching young dancers into professional ballet careers around the globe. Boasting distinguished alumni such as Beckanne Sisk, Michaela DePrince and Taylor Stanley, the Philadelphia-based institution has garnered a well-deserved reputation for pairing rigorous training with a tight-knit, welcoming community. Their summer intensives are no different, with a wealth of prestigious faculty members, many of whom are Rock School alums currently dancing at companies around the world.

What inspires busy pros to keep returning to their alma mater? We talked to three of The Rock School's buzziest alums about why they make it a priority to come back and teach:

Keep reading... Show less