Get to Know NYCB's Teresa Reichlen
Did you watch New York City Ballet's live broadcasts of The Nutcracker this December? If so, you were probably blown away by the long, leggy dancer who performed the "Arabian" variation: principal Teresa Reichlen. Reichlen has put her own distinctive stamp on some of NYCB's most coveted parts, including the "tall girl" in "Rubies" from George Balanchine's Jewels and the Siren in Balanchine's "Prodigal Son." Oh, and did I mention that she's a serious smarty, too? She's currently working towards a degree in biology at Barnard College. I caught up with Reichlen at a photo shoot this afternoon, and asked her to share a few fun facts with DS.
What's your dance pet peeve?
When people aren't spatially aware. Especially in class, when somebody just runs into you. Yes, the studio is always crowded, but we're a community—we should watch out for each other.
Do you have a secret talent?
[Laughs] I think all of my talents are very well-advertised—I promote any talents that I have!
Who would play you in a movie?
The actress from True Blood who plays Jessica [Deborah Ann Woll]! Everyone tells me I look exactly like her.
What's your ideal day off?
Staying at home, doing some homework, reading, and then cooking an elaborate dinner. My boyfriend and I are really into baking pretzels lately. They're so easy: You just make the dough, let it rise for an hour, stick them in some boiling water with baking soda, and then put egg wash and salt on top and bake them for like 15 minutes. So delicious.
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. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night:
They've impressed the judges, now it's time for the Top 100 dancers to enroll at The Academy—and to impress the All-Stars. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance Academy!
The 100 dancers who made it through auditions in NYC or L.A. are now at The Academy, which is basically a beautiful building with floor-to-ceiling windows. The show opens with that Mandy Moore-choreographed Academy routine which, even after watching it 12 times and trying to learn all the choreography at home, is still delightful.
This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. First up: Isabella Torres from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, who competed at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals for the first time this year. (All photos courtesy Shannon Torres.)
Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that - but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her in her studies.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay, dance friends! 🎉 👯 🎉 👯
Because it's just the cutest, we thought we'd share the emoji challenge the Royal Opera House is currently hosting on Twitter. They've retold a series of ballets (and operas, for that crowd) in emoji form. If you correctly guess the name of a ballet, you'll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to a ROH production.