Attention aspiring ballerinas! American Ballet Theatre announced yesterday that it's launching a new apprentice program. Six young dancers will train for 10 weeks this fall before performing with the company in its Nutcracker. They'll also attend seminars in subjects like performance makeup and ballet company etiquette. You can find out more about the program here.
Why is this especially exciting to us here at DS? Because Kate Lydon, who until last month was our editor in chief and is currently editor at large, is one of the heads of the new program. (Kate danced with ABT for several years, and is also the ABT Studio Company's artistic associate.) Way to go, Kate!
Teen Vogue has a big ol' crush on ballet, and we couldn't be happier about it. The magazine regularly profiles gorgeous up-and-coming ballet dancers, and its "Strictly Ballet" web series—a behind-the-scenes look at life at the world's top ballet schools—gives us LIFE (can we get a Season 3, please?).
Most recently, the mag went inside a rehearsal at the prestigious ABT Studio Company, the American Ballet Theatre feeder boasting a slate of incredibly talented young dancers. (A special shout-out to ABT Studio Company director Kate Lydon, our former editor in chief!) The resulting video paints an intimate portrait of George Williamson's Murmuration, a lush, passionate ballet made for the Studio Company dancers that premiered last week in NYC.
ABT Studio Company rehearsing Murmuration (screenshot via teenvogue.com)
We see the familiar stop-and-start process of choreographic creation, and watch the dancers figure out the work's technical and artistic puzzles. "You give them the material, but you can't tell them how to take every step," Williamson says. "That's part of learning how to be a mature dancer: You have to go from A to B, but not do it in the way you'd walk to the bus stop....They have to learn how to speak in the language of the piece."
Take a look—and click here to read more about Murmuration: