Former American Ballet Theatre principals Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones—known for their inimitable stage presence and penchant for flair—dazzle in this performance of the Black Swan pas de deux. They draw the audience into their characters' worlds, even in a gala performance


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Gregory revels in Odile's unabashed confidence, using every joint to embody her character, from her fingers and wrists to her gorgeously stretched feet. She luxuriates in the lyrical moments, like the slow unraveling promenade at 3:20, layering on drama and sensuality. With characteristic fearlessness, she dives headfirst into penché arabesques, demanding her partner to catch her—which Bujones does with expert ease. In his variation, he captivates with his athleticism in fastidious battus, impressive extensions, and effortless flourishes, like a final tour that lands with a fouetté to the knee. Bujones, who directed Orlando Ballet until his passing in 2005, danced with purity and power that truly befit a prince. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

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Hi Everyone,

These are challenging times. The social distancing measures brought about by COVID-19 has likely meant that your regular ballet training has been interrupted, while your performances, competitions—even auditions—have been cancelled. You may be feeling anxious about what the future holds, not only for you but for the dance industry. And that's perfectly understandable.

As you adjust to taking virtual ballet class from your living rooms, we here at Pointe are adjusting to working remotely from our living rooms. We've had to get a little creative, especially as we put our Summer Issue together, but like you we're taking full advantage of modern technology. Sure, it's a little inconvenient sometimes, but we're finding our groove.

And we know that you will, too. We've been utterly inspired by how the dance community has rallied together, from ballet stars giving online classes to companies streaming their performances to the flood of artist resources popping up. We've loved watching you dance from your kitchens. And we want to help keep this spirit alive. That's why Pointe and all of our Dance Media sister publications are working nonstop to produce and cross-post stories to help you navigate this crisis. We're all in this together.

We also want to hear from you! Send us a message on social media, or email me directly at abrandt@dancemedia.com. Tell us how you're doing, send us your ideas and show us your dance moves. Let the collective love we share for our beloved art form spark the light at the end of the tunnel—we will come out the other side soon enough.

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