Ready to Fall in Love?
Usually when I hear about videos of very young dancers performing very big ballet variations, my first thought is: No. Please no. The poor kid.
And yes, sometimes it can be terrifying—a tragic 8-year-old fighting her way through the Black Swan Pas (sadly, that is not a hypothetical example), probably at the mercy of some crazy stage parent who's hyperventilating in the wings.
But this little guy? He's a different story:
Alexei Orohovsky, ladies and gentlemen. Age 4.
OK, yes, he's totally adorable. That always helps. But the best part is that (according to the YouTube description) he saw this variation, fell in love with it, and decided he was gonna do it. It was that simple. There's no twisted, Black Swan-ish parental force at work here. He's not killing himself worrying about technique—or worrying about anything, really. He just LOVES THE DANCE. And he happens to have a whole lot of style.
Keep it up, Alexei! We have a feeling we'll be seeing you on some of the world's biggest stages in about 15 years.
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.