Ballet Love From All Corners of the Internet
It seems like everyone is completely ballet-crazy right now—and we're totally okay with that. We've told you what's up (and what's coming) on the small screen and the big screen. We've given you the low-down on clothing collaborations, and on Misty Copeland's every move.
New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's "Everywhere We Go." (photo by Jessica Chou for Opening Ceremony)
Now, Opening Ceremony—the brand of choice for celeb it-girls—is in on the action. Their latest (and most awesome) blog post takes readers backstage at New York City Ballet during a performance of Justin Peck's Everywhere We Go. Opening Ceremony, being what it is, was drawn by Peck's collaboration with the musician Sufjan Stevens. That makes sense: cool kids and indie rockers have always gone hand-in-hand. But DS, being who we are, cannot get enough of these pictures!
The guys doing their makeup? The ladies banging their pointe shoes?! Amar Ramasar blasting rap music in the dressing room?!? We especially love those shots of the dancers from directly above. Well done OC.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽