Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based ThePointeShop dives into pointe shoe sinking: what it is, why it happens, and what you can do to avoid it. Plus, Lee shares some thoughts on toe pad thickness.
Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based ThePointeShop is back with advice on vamp length. She explains how to figure out the right vamp length for you based on the dimensions of your foot, and the advantages and disadvantages of different vamp lengths. Plus, some tricks of the trade regarding lambswool toe pads.
Brittany Cavaco in Until Midnight. Claire Morris, Courtesy Cavaco.
A white tulle dress, time travel, the Eiffel Tower at night... these elements come together in Until Midnight, a new dance film by Christopher Alexander of Zen Film Works. This eight-minute long vignette opens with Louise (played by Louise Schirmer), a former ballerina now living alone in old age. Through the delivery of a mysterious letter and a wristwatch from her past, she returns briefly to her youthful self, danced by former Washington Ballet dancer Brittany Cavaco. In a Cinderella-like twist, Louise has until midnight to find her beloved Jean Pierre (Sebastien Thill, former dancer with Paris Opera Ballet and Hamburg Ballet) for one last dance. According to Cavaco, all of the movement was improvised, created by herself and Alexander in each location.
American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside is known for more than just his uber-charismatic presence on the ballet stage; He doubles as both the drag queen Ühu Betch and the pop star JbDubs. Whiteside's newest musical release, titled WTF, came out last week, and is for sure his most ballet-filled song to date. Both the lyrics and the choreography are jam-packed with bunhead references, from theRose Adagio to Haglund's Heel to a framed portrait of George Balanchine. Not to mention the fact that he and his four backup dancers (Matthew Poppe, Douane Gosa, Maxfield Haynes and Gianni Goffredo) absolutely kill it in pointe shoes.
Hong Kong Ballet is celebrating its 40th anniversary in style. Today, the company releasedthe new phase of its yearlong ad campaign, which includes the below film, a Wes Anderson-esque romp through the city fusing ballet with pop culture,filled with ferry boats, pom pom-wielding grannies and dim sum served in hot pink containers.