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.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.