It's been a crazy week around here! We're putting the December issue together for you—I don't want to say too much, but it's gonna be a good one!
As for this week's performances, there were some good ones. On Sunday I went to two (yes, count 'em, two!) shows. Fall for Dance, which I mentioned in my last blog, was awesome. It's so exciting to see many styles of dance on one program. Of course it's totally fine to have your preferences (I'm a modern/postmodern girl myself), but you learn so much by seeing stuff outside your comfort zone—especially when it's paired with material that's a little more familiar. This time I saw modern, ballet, tap and tango all in one afternoon! It's particularly awesome if one program can make you both laugh and cry. That's a job well done. Then I headed over to Kat's performance, which was lots of fun. It's always nice seeing your friends do what they love to do.
Tonight I'm headed to see Ailey II, Ailey's second company. I saw them perform this summer in a gigantic thunder and lightning storm in a tent on a mountaintop in upstate New York, which was a truly terrifying experience (surely more so for them, but I was freaking out). So I'm hoping tonight is a more relaxing experience for everyone involved.
And then I'm on vacay! Do I have to say it again? Write to me! I want to know what you're thinking about.
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.
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.