#TBT Video: Marianela Núñez in "Don Quixote"

In the ballet version of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, the audience experiences three acts of distinct characters that surround Don Quixote and Sancho Panza's journey. Mercedes, a street dancer, is one of many fiery characters. Often danced by a soloist, she appears in Act I as the love interest of a bullfighter. At only 19 years old, Marianela Núñez performed this role and absorbed the audience with her ferocity.

With each step and transition, Marianela takes the character of Mercedes and melds it with her movement, an ability of all great dancers. It's no surprise she was promoted to principal dancer of The Royal Ballet shortly after this taping in 2001. Not only does she seem to soar with each jump, but she treats each glance as an important component to her character. Although only the start of her career, this video shows how she was to become one of the most enrapturing dancers of our time. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!


When the news broke that Prince George, currently third in line for the British throne, would be continuing ballet classes as part of his school curriculum this year, we were as excited as anyone. (Okay, maybe more excited.)

This was not, it seems, a sentiment shared by "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer.

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A still from Dancing Dreams. Courtesy OVID

If you're seeking an extra dash of inspiration to start the new season on the right—dare we say—foot, look no further than dance documentaries.

Starting August 23, OVID, a streaming service dedicated to docs and art-house films, is adding eight notable dance documentaries to its library. The best part? There's a free seven-day trial. (After that, subscriptions are $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually.)

From the glamour of Russian ballet stars to young dancers training in Cuba to a portrait of powerhouse couple Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, here's what's coming to a couch near you:

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Via @lizzo on Twitter

On August 20, pop goddess Lizzo tweeted, "Someone do a ballet routine to truth hurts pls," referring to the anthem that's been top on everyone's playlists this summer. Lizzo might not know it yet, but ballet dancers are not known for shying away from a challenge. In the past two days, the internet has exploded with responses, with dancers like Houston Ballet's Harper Watters and American Ballet Theatre's Erica Lall tagging the singer in submissions.

Below are a few of our favorites so far, but we're guessing that this is just the beginning. Ballet world, consider yourselves officially challenged! (Use #LizzoBalletChallenge so we know what you're up to.)

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