With Yann Trividic in Liturgy (by Kyle Froman)
Miami City Ballet principal Patricia Delgado seems to glow softly from within, radiating warmth and charm onstage. Add to that her crisp, refined technique, and the result is a performer who’s captivating in everything from classical full-length ballets to the George Balanchine works that form the backbone of MCB’s repertoire.
Born and raised in Miami, Delgado trained at Liana Navarro and Vivian Tobio Ballet School and Miami City Ballet School before joining MCB as an apprentice in 2000. By 2007 she’d become both an audience favorite and a principal dancer, and she continues to add more ballets to her impressively diverse arsenal. Catch her in action this month in Florida, where she’ll perform in MCB’s “Broadway and Ballet” program. —Margaret Fuhrer
Dear Young Patricia,
Right now all you want is to be a ballerina, but you are only at the beginning of a beautiful journey of self-discovery.
As a teenager
Being a dancer is full of unbelievable highs and difficult lows. Try not to compare yourself to others, because in the long run your imperfections are what make you special. Instead, admire and respect your fellow peers and look to older dancers for inspiration.
Remember that there is life outside the ballet world. Reading, meditating, traveling and writing will enhance you as an artist. Finding a balance between your family and friends and your craft will help you stay grounded. Appreciate your loved ones’ support. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to uphold your commitment to dance!
Take care of your body. It’s important to realize at this age that it should be treated nicely. Treasure every ballet class, rehearsal and performance, because each one is an incredible gift. Sharing yourself with others through movement is one of the most fulfilling and gratifying forms of expression.
Have courage when you are faced with disappointments and challenges. Time heals all; just keep believing in yourself. And trust that the words of wisdom from your teachers and mentors will all make perfect sense one day!
Love and courage,
Misty Copeland. Her name is synonymous with exquisite artistry and outspoken advocacy. And her visibility has made a huge impact on the ballet world. Ballet's relationship with race has always been strained at best, hostile at worst. But Copeland's persistent message and star quality have finally forced the ballet industry to start talking about racial diversity, inclusivity, and representation. "The rarity of seeing ourselves represented is sad," Copeland says. "The more we see every hue and body shape represented on the stage, the more possibilities young dancers feel they have for themselves."
Last month, we asked why there wasn't a Best Choreography category at the Oscars—and discovered that many of you agreed with us: Choreographers should definitely be acknowledged for their work on the super-dancy movies we can't get enough of.
Now, we're taking matters into our own (jazz) hands.
Contemporary phenom Christina Ricucci has super-flexible hips, which means she can stretch her legs to unbelievable heights. But when she noticed herself making contorted positions in class, Ricucci realized she was approaching her extensions all wrong. "I went back to the basics in class, squaring my hips and using my turnout," Ricucci says. "I learned to create proper positions, rather than whacked-out versions of them."
Some dancers are so wonky they have a hard time supporting their high legs, while others struggle with limited flexibility. But no matter your facility, you can find a balance of stretch and strength to achieve your fullest range of extension. It's not about how high (or not) your legs can go: It's the quality of the movement, and how you get those legs up, that counts.
Yesterday, the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg and Cara Loughran, both 14-year-old dancers, were among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Once upon a time (until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi concluded, to be exact), figure skaters had to compete to music without words. Before this rule change, a skater faced an automatic point deduction if the music even hinted at vocals. Understandably, there were *a lot* of Olympic programs skated to classical music, and you'd tend to hear the same music selections over and over and over.
There are plenty of current Olympic figure skaters who'd make beautiful dancers (first among them Adam Rippon, whose gorgeously choreographed long program won the internet, if not the gold). But today, as we wait for the women's figure skating competition to crown its new champions, we wanted to throw it back to one of the most beautifully balletic skaters of all time: Sasha Cohen.
The high-flying leaps of grand allegro are meant to be incredibly exciting. But at the end of an intense ballet class, when you're exhausted, it can be hard to give them the attention they deserve. Want to pump up your big jumps? Follow these 10 vital tips from Jennifer Hart, curriculum director and instructor at Ballet Austin.
"Whole, low-fat, or skim?" The question of which milk to drink has gotten a little more complicated lately, with a wide variety of nondairy milks popping up in grocery stores. To find out which ones are worth your milk money, we had registered dietitian Monika Saigal answer some FAQs.