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PDX Contemporary Ballet: Support Dance in Portland

Posted by on 11.07.2016

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

Posted by on 06.12.2016

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 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

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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New York, New York

Posted by on 05.10.2016

As I sit at my computer, another season of ballet has come and gone and I can hardly believe it.  Next year will be my 10th as a professional dancer: my 10th with Miami City Ballet.  As I look back over the year I see struggles, especially with injuries, but mostly I see triumphs, specifically those from our Spring Tour. Going on tour has always been exciting for our company.  Because we are separated geographically from the rest of the ballet world in this country, touring allows us to reach out to a whole new group of audience members.  This year we got to again visit the most educated (and picky) dance fans in America, New Yorkers.  Last time we visited the Big...

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A New Year for New and Improved Technique 

Posted by on 01.19.2016

It’s January. A new year. A time for new beginnings. A time to commit to new resolutions. We are a few weeks into 2016.  How are your resolutions going? More importantly, how are your ballet resolutions coming along? If you have already given up on these resolutions, here is a reminder not to. Setting ballet goals for your year is very important. Unlike a resolution to hit the gym more often, you already know that you will be in the ballet studio on a regular basis during the year, so why not give yourself a few things to focus on that will benefit your technique? First, don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Creating a manageable list of items to focus...

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