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PDX Contemporary Ballet: Support Dance in Portland

Posted by on 11.07.2016

PDX Contemporary Ballet: Support Dance in Portland

A few weeks ago, on our podcast, Conversations on Dance, we had an illuminating chat with Ballet West First Soloist, Allison DeBona.  She talked about all of the amazing smaller companies that can be found around the country.  They are doing great things, but often money can be a huge issue for them.  PDX Contemporary Ballet in Portland is just one example. PDX Contemporary Ballet has been fundraising to help raise money to pay for rehearsal space.   Their Indiegogo campaign has ended and they reached 43% of the goal. They did have a match for a $1,000 and we were able to meet our match.  The company is continuing to accept donations through...

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Women’s Offstage Role in Ballet

Posted by on 07.14.2016

Women’s Offstage Role in Ballet

“Ballet is woman.” – George Balanchine George Balanchine is often quoted as saying, “Ballet is woman.” Though a simple statement, his ballets illustrate a deep love and appreciation of women. Even as his ballets age, audiences are drawn to the way he flawlessly highlighted the beauty of the females who interpret his steps. He is known to offer moments of such simplicity that all the audience can do is admire a ballerina’s beauty. Looking back through the history of ballet, we find a similar influence: a large corps de ballet of female Willis, Swans, Flowers, etc. While male dancers offer irreplaceable influences in every ballet, their women...

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Ballerina Turned Businesswoman: Pointebrush

Posted by on 07.01.2016

Ballerina Turned Businesswoman: Pointebrush

If you are not following @Pointebrush on Instagram, you are really missing out.  Meet Margot, a designer and dancer out of NYC, who is re-imagining ballet every day on social media.  After starting her own design business, Margot decided to start Pointebrush as a side project and outlet to hone her skills as an illustrator and painter.  Now she has grown this project into a full blown business.  You can buy her prints or even phone cases, silk scarves, or leggings with her unique designs. I caught up with Margot to learn a little more about her work and her story:     ___________________________________________   Rebecca King: Tell us about your...

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Making it on Broadway: Sara Esty of Tony Award Winning Show, ‘An American In Paris’

Posted by on 06.12.2016

Making it on Broadway: Sara Esty of Tony Award Winning Show, ‘An American In Paris’

There comes a time in the life of every professional ballet dancer where they face a fork in the road.  As the end of their ballet career nears, they must decide what comes next.  For former Miami City Ballet Soloist Sara Esty, Broadway called, and she answered.  As part of the original “An American in Paris” Broadway’s cast, she is now headlining the national tour as the show’s lead woman, “Lise.”  I spoke with her about her journey from the world of professional ballet, into a whole new realm of theater. ______________________________________ Rebecca King: First of all, congratulations on your Broadway debut and leading the...

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I Hate Ballet.

Posted by on 06.09.2016

I Hate Ballet.

I hate ballet. I hate the way it consumes my mind, but don’t know what my mind would do without the thoughts it provokes. I hate the blisters, but find so much joy in a brand new pair of pointe shoes. I hate working weekends, but love the sound of applause. I hate wearing costumes, but love feeling like a princess. I hate all the rehearsals, but love being onstage. I hate being stuck in the theater all day, but treasure the process of preparing for a show. I hate feeling nervous, but am lucky to dance roles that make me nervous. I hate getting corrections, but I like the feeling of triumph once I experience improvement. I hate having to push through fatigue, but...

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Five Summer Intensive Must-Haves

Posted by on 06.06.2016

Five Summer Intensive Must-Haves

I am sure that many of you spend your whole year looking forward to Summer Intensives: the auditions, the excitement, the new friends. But have you started your packing list? Here are Five Must-Haves that you won’t want to leave home without: __________________________________________________ 1. Notebook Though cell-phones these days can accommodate our random thoughts at any moment, you should still consider brining a good old-fashioned note pad with you to your SI. You are about to embark on a journey that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you want to make sure that you get the most out of it. Information is about to be thrown at you left and right, and it is...

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