While it may be tempting to watch the entire season of "city.ballet" in one sitting (OK, it's near impossible not to), I've decided to space it out, watching one episode each week. This week is "Apprentices," where we get to meet the newbies of New York City Ballet. They're young, they're super talented and they're gunning for a spot in the corps de ballet. It's hard not to be ridiculously excited for them!
Quote of the Week:
"When you've been in the company for a few years and you see the apprentices come in, and their technique is, like, superb, you're just kind of like, 'Crap, I let a few things slide.' " —Gretchen Smith, corps de ballet
In this episode, we get to know apprentice Claire Von Enck, who comes from a dancing family: Her older sister Nicole dances at Texas Ballet Theater and her younger sister (and roomie) is a student at the School of American Ballet.
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On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.
But when you're the only male ballet student at your studio, fighting dumb stereotypes about ballet being for girls, it's easy to feel alone. That's what makes this video featuring Gabriel Romero, an 11-year-old ballet student at Philadelphia Dance Center, especially meaningful.