"Don't Drop That Arabesque...Woo!"
Picture this: It's your third class of the day, and you're exhausted. After a marathon of a barre, you've got almost nothing left—but you're prepared to squeeze out every last bit of energy for center. Then adagio happens. And after promenade number four (bazillion), something awful occurs: Your arabesque begins to droop. (NOOOO!)
You'll probably get a speech about how in the "good old days," ballet masters would whack you with a stick for such an offense. But the "good old days" are over, and we have to decide the new, 21-century punishment for lackluster arabesques.
Cue L-Munny and the sophomore dance majors of Ryerson University. Their hilarious new video, "Don't Drop That Arabesque," uses rap as a semi-instructional tool, and we're OBSESSED with it.
Just remember the wise words of L-Munny: "Ballet ain't easy. It's never turned down." That's right...ballet turns down for nothing. Happy Saturday!
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible:
Guess who's back? Back again? The Academy's back! Tell a friend.
After one day at The Academy, the All Stars have successfully taken the Top 100 down to 62. But their work is just getting started: Now they need to keep narrowing the field to a Top 10, ultimately deciding who each will partner with during the live shows.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
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.