Ramblings

3D Printing Technology Creates the Ultimate Customized Toe Pad

Posted by on 09.07.2014

3D Printing Technology Creates the Ultimate Customized Toe Pad

We have all heard about the remarkable technology that is 3D printing. We hear about it’s impact in medicine, construction, aerospace, manufacturing, and much more. It’s possibilities seem endless. But have you thought about how 3D printing could impact your dancing? Cornell student Jenna Witzleben has. Under the tutelage of her Professor, Dr. Hod Lipson, Ms. Witzleben decided to create the ultimate customized toe pad for her pointe shoes. Through her paper, “Rethinking the ballet shoe: 3D Printing for dance performance enhancement,” Ms.Witzleben described her process, which involved making a mold of her foot then converting it into a digital file using a CT...

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A Letter to My Former Ballet Student-Self

Posted by on 07.20.2014

A Letter to My Former Ballet Student-Self

A Letter to My Former Ballet Student-Self: __________________________________________ Dear Rebecca, It has been over 8 years since we have met.  Since then I have become a corps de ballet dancer with an internationally renowned company, toured across the world, had the opportunity to dance many of classical ballet’s most beloved works, and worked with today’s leading choreographers.  How did this happen you ask?  Sometimes I wonder the same thing.  After picking up some teaching gigs this summer, I decided that I would like to send you a note filled with the lessons I have learned, because everything looks different from the front of the studio. First,...

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Free People’s “Ballet” Campaign

Posted by on 05.19.2014

Free People’s “Ballet” Campaign

As many of you in the dance community have probably seen, the clothing company, Free People, has developed a ballet line.  But instead of considering the clothes, all we have been able to focus on for the last week are the photos and the videos published to promote the new line. The photos obviously indicate that the models had little to no ballet training, which is enough to upset professional dancers on it’s own.  Why would they choose to not use dancers when they likely had a large budget and could have done whenever they want?  As I monitored the social media response to these photos, my personal reaction was that there are a lot of similar ballet photos...

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The Dancers’ Artistry: How We Are Evolving

Posted by on 05.11.2014

The Dancers’ Artistry: How We Are Evolving

I recently came across a very thought provoking article in Dance Magazine about the delicate balance between artistry and emphasizing the execution of  ballet steps with technical proficiency.  This is a big topic of conversation these days as reality television brings dance into our homes more than ever before.  On shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” we see remarkable tricks: daunting jumps, lifts, turns, etc.  It always amazes me what the audience chooses to react to on these shows: they clap and scream for a simple press lift, while seemingly missing the talent and artistry behind the fast footwork that follows.  In an effort to please an...

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A Sneak Peek Into Season Two of The CW’s ‘Breaking Pointe’ with Allison DeBona

Posted by on 07.15.2013

A Sneak Peek Into Season Two of The CW’s ‘Breaking Pointe’ with Allison DeBona

Hey ballet fans, it’s back! The CW’s breakout hit docu-series, “Breaking Pointe” returns for a second season on Monday, July 22nd at 9/8c.  The show’s premier season reached out to new audiences last summer by following dancers in Salt Lake City’s Ballet West through the drama of contract renewals, exhausting rehearsals, injuries, and finally performances, giving CW viewers a unique look into the world of professional ballet.  Last season we met Principal Christiana Bennett, Soloist Ronnie Underwood and Demi-Soloists Allison DeBona, Rex Tilton and Beckanne Sisk. This season the show adds new dancers to the roster of featured artists...

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Support Ballet’s New Media: The Ballerina Project on Kickstarter

Posted by on 03.28.2013

Support Ballet’s New Media: The Ballerina Project on Kickstarter

If you are one of the 412,000 people who like the Ballerina Project’s Facebook page, you are regularly treated to beautiful and unique images of ballerinas with some of the world’s most beautiful backdrops as their stage. This truly is one of my favorite Facebook pages for ballet: I highly recommend it. Recently I noticed The Ballerina Project‘s photographer, Dane Shitagi, posting about the project’s new Kickstarter campaign, so I clicked over to check it out (see video below). The Ballerina Project is looking to expand into new media by drawing inspiration from their still images to create short dance films and documentaries. In this short...

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