The Dancers’ Artistry: How We Are Evolving

Posted by on 05.11.2014

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...

Read More

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

Posted by on 07.15.2013

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...

Read More

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

Posted by on 03.28.2013

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...

Read More

Ballerina Turned Businesswoman: Fusco Knitwear

Posted by on 03.25.2013

If you are a regular TENDUS reader, you have become familiar with the fact that ballet dancers are quite multi-talented.  I have introduced you to Cameron Dieck, New York City Ballet Dancer and  Échauffe™ Legwarmers co-founder, and Emily Bromberg, Miami City Ballet dancer and founder of FancyPants USA. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Pennsylvania Ballet member, Holly Fusco who has a 6 month old company, Fusco Knitwear, providing high-quality customizable knit legwarmers to the ballet community.  Holly’s story behind her products, her creative process, and secrets for time management are not to be...

Read More

An Attack on Ballet Heard Around The World

Posted by on 01.24.2013

On Friday, January 18, 2013, word of a vicious attack on the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director made headlines around the world.  After multiple threats were made on his life, a masked man who hurled acid at him, causing third-degree burns on his face and damaging his eyes, confronted Sergei Filin.  Filin, 42, signed a 5-year contract with the Bolshoi in 2011 and is said by many to have been working to restore the institution to it’s former glory with a goal to move forward.  Police say that they suspect the attack could be a result of a dispute over money, but people close to the ballet presume professional jealousy is involved. It is known that throughout it’s...

Read More

The Perfect Fit: Marie Johansson from Freed of London

Posted by on 10.22.2012

The manager of Freed of London’s New York store, Marie Johansson, is responsible for the specially made Freed pointe shoes of every professional dancer in America. Each year she visits Miami City Ballet’s studios to find the perfect fit for the company dancers and students. A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with her and talk about what she looks for when fitting pointe shoes on a dancer. _______________________________________________________________Have you pre-ordered your “Keep Calm and Dream of Sugar Plums” tee-shirt to remember Nutcracker 2012? Only $19.99 plus shipping. Every dancer in your life will LOVE one of these! Get...

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest