5 Beautiful Ballet Trailers You Need to Watch Now
We've said it before and we'll say it again: dance and film are made for each other. In the past couple of years, ballet companies have used the medium to promote new work, creating "trailers" that give beautiful peeks at upcoming premieres. These short films reach many people who are unable to see the ballets performed live—and they definitely debunk the misconception that ballet is boring. Here are five of our all-time favorites.
1. Justin Peck's In the Countenance of Kings
Justin Peck + Sufjan Stevens + a rustic location + San Francisco Ballet's beautiful dancers = the perfect trailer. The director, Ezra Hurwitz—a former dancer with Miami City Ballet—explained that he filmed several sections from the ballet and set them to different parts of the music, but the result feels effortlessly seamless.
2. Myles Thatcher's Ghost in the Machine
This film features choreographer Myles Thatcher preparing for and rehearsing his new ballet. The propulsive Michael Nyman score creates a feeling of anticipation and excitement.
3. Justin Peck's The Times Are Racing
Film a ballet trailer in an NYC subway station? Sure, Justin Peck can do that! This excerpt from his sneaker ballet—which features Peck and Robert Fairchild in a nonstop duet—seems to have more in common with tap than ballet, and it generated a lot of excitement for the ballet's premiere.
4. "Now More Than Ever"
"Now More Than Ever," also directed by Ezra Hurwitz, premiered on the opening night of Ballet Across America, and served as a promo not for a single ballet but for the festival as a whole. Choreographed by American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, it features ABT's Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Calvin Royal III, James Whiteside, and Gomes himself dancing all over the beautiful Kennedy Center.
5. New York City Ballet's 2017-2018 Season
New York City Ballet's videos are always genius. This trailer for the company's whole 2017-2018 season, directed by Bon Duke, transports the viewer to another world.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
Week five of "Dancing with the Stars" proved to be one of the best weeks of the season so far. (And we're not just saying that because Mickey made a cameo debut on the piano during one of the routines—although that certainly didn't hurt!) Everyone brought their A-game, and with such a fun theme the contestants were able to really let their guards down. There was true sincerity in their dancing that we hadn't seen before. But not all Disney stories end with a "happily ever after," and one couple still had to hang up their dancing shoes.
If there's one week you should watch all the routines of it's undoubtedly this one... But, ICYMI, scroll below for our highlights of the night.
Almost a month out, Puerto Rico continues to suffer the devastating aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Many of the island's residents still lack power, clean water, and safe housing. Ballet classes? For Puerto Rican dance students, they must feel like an impossible luxury.
But a dance studio in Florida is working to allow a group of young Puerto Ricans to continue their training. And it needs your help.
Yes, I am a dancer, and yes, I am fat.
There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as the reactions I've received when I've told people I dance. They can range from disbelief to confusion to shock. To many people, it's somehow incomprehensible that a plus-size person like myself could grace a stage. While the body-positive movement has been trucking along at full force over the past few years, it hasn't made much progress in the dance community yet. In fact, the words "body positivity" and "dance" are almost never used together in the same sentence.
Despite that fact, dance is what helped me learn to love my larger frame. In honor of National Body Confidence Day, I wanted to talk about my first time in a studio, and about the tremendous progress I've made since.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?