Dance matters. It is essential to the development of every child, teenager, adult and elder. The art and sport of dancing has endless values that can and will change lives. My experiences at the Atlanta Ballet and Brandeis University have made me feel empowered as a Peruvian and Colombian woman.
Twelve-year-old Meg has always had a dream to be a dancer. Adopted as a baby, Meg came to the United States with her sister when she was just 3 month ...
Harrison Coll darts across the stage, like a pinball bounding from side to side. Or maybe he's more of a missile that's caught fire. His feet become irrelevant; every movement is just a dash, a thrust, a scream from his body. Turning, flying, launching, landing.
The result is a live performance that defines itself as it goes, taking the raw talent of the performers and the energy of the audience to mold the backbone. The freedom and fluidity that ensues is contagious.
A young girl wonders through her home, searching. She knows that it's here, somewhere. Walking into her parent's bedroom she sees it, shining, luminescent among the common cloth found in most closets. But this blue dress was special.
I love to watch rehearsals: there's just something about seeing people process, collaborate, make mistakes, and work through them. So when Sheena Annalise, director of Arch Contemporary Ballet, invited me to take a look at her company's newest work Château, I opted to see it in progress, with all the parts still coming together.
Studies have shown that the brains of ballerinas may have actually adapted to effectively ignore the vestibular signal from their inner ears and that they can disconnect from the sensation of spinning due to the years they have spent practicing spins.
When nothing seems normal, ballet class is consistent and blessedly diverting. When life is out of order, ballet class remains happily reliable.
George Balanchine commanded, "I don't need dancers who want to dance. I need dancers who need to dance". New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild has the the fire.
What does it say about our cultural values that staring at butts (as long as it's hetero) is considered a more acceptable motivation for boys in ballet than practicing a challenging art form?
"Aside from her distinctive dance style, I believe the core of Misty's appeal is her passion. I think that's what makes her inspirational. There's an internal light inside that burns bright and draws people to her."
Over a decade ago, I watched in wide-eyed fascination narrated by the familiar lilt of The Nutcracker score, tucked into a ballet studio corner transfixed--the moment that stirs inspiration. I could not imagine anything more fascinating than watching Alexei Kremnev rehearse the "older ones."
The advent of mechanical weaponry in World War I literally took warfare out of human hands, and in so doing, took its effects beyond human comprehension.
We all understand the impression left after a person walks by in a show-stopping outfit. But what if instead of walking, that same person was mastering foutté turns?
The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.
There's no shortage of supplies, services or opportunities for every one of the city's delightful dancers and extraordinary dance companies.