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Introducing The ‘Conversations on Dance’ Mail Bag

Posted by on 09.20.2016

Introducing The ‘Conversations on Dance’ Mail Bag

On June 26th, I embarked on an exciting new adventure with my colleague and close friend, Michael Sean Breeden.  As dancers with Miami City Ballet, we often conduct pre-performance talks before a show to give audiences an inside look into the ballets they will be seeing that evening.  It is something we have always enjoyed, so we came up with an idea to expand upon the concept.  So the ‘Conversations on Dance‘ podcast was born.  Through this platform we bring listeners content on all things ballet, to connect audiences with our world, and conduct interviews with ballet’s best and brightest. Since it’s conception, we have published 13 weeks...

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Leigh Witchel Provides Background For His Episodes on ‘Conversations on Dance’

Posted by on 08.04.2016

Leigh Witchel Provides Background For His Episodes on ‘Conversations on Dance’

We hope you are all tuning into TENDUS’ newest venture, “Conversations on Dance,” a podcast which delves behind-the-scenes into the world of professional ballet. For the past two episodes, my co-host Michael Sean Breeden and I have been accompanied by esteemed dance critic, Leigh Witchel, for a wonderful chat on all things dance.  We discuss his career as a dancer and choreographer, how he crafts reviews, why he feels that today’s most sought after choreographers are creating their best work on Miami City Ballet, and what makes classics like Giselle so spectacular. Through his Facebook and Twitter, he has been offering background that offers...

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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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Summer Teaching Diaries: Performance Quality in the Classroom

Posted by on 06.24.2016

Summer Teaching Diaries: Performance Quality in the Classroom

It’s summer time, which usually means sun, pool, beaches, and the like. But for ballet students, it’s time to get into the studio without the pesky distraction of academic school. Summer Intensives are wonderful opportunities for dancers to focus on their training: often their best work over an entire year is accomplished in the summer. For professional dancers, often summer is our off-season. So again you would imagine sun, sand, and surf, but instead we find ourselves drawn to the studio, but in a different role. This week I started my summer teaching position, which has been enriching my career and view of the art form over the past few years. I find that these...

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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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