Author Archives: Amy Brandt

About Amy Brandt

Amy Brandt is a dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Dancing Balanchine

It’s a thrilling moment: My fellow corps members and I rise to our toes and begin hopping on pointe in … Continue reading

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Pirouette Troubleshooting

Ah, pirouettes. They’re delicate little operations. Nothing beats the rush of finishing a set of solid multiples, but even the … Continue reading

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Am I Ready for Pointe?

  Nothing compares to that magical moment when your teacher says you’re ready for your first pair of pointe shoes. … Continue reading

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Just Beat It

In Act II of Giselle, Albrecht does 32—32!—entrechats six in a row. His feet flutter like hummingbird wings as he … Continue reading

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Learning to Fly

As The Nutcracker’s familiar “Waltz of the Flowers” theme swells to its exciting finale, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Martina Chavez gathers … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Sickling and Winging

We’ve all seen that photo: an otherwise lovely dancer, posed in first arabesque, with a glaring blemish at the end … Continue reading

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