Dance and photography go together like peanut butter and jelly: Each brings out some of the best elements in the other. We love a good studio portrait, demonstrating perfect placement, or a stunning performance photo that makes onstage magic feel up close and personal.
But we're also loving the new trend of dreamy, almost carefree dance photos. Think Insta-famous photographer Kenneth Edwards and his lovely images of ballerinas mid-pirouette, or floating down from a jump (btw, if you like his photos, you'll LOVE our September issue...).
So, who better to confirm that something in the dance world is officially cool than New York City Ballet? The marketing photos shot for the company's 2016–2017 season are rustic, elegant and simple. Legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh played with the natural lighting and stunning outdoor space of the location—a country house in upstate New York—to frame the dancers' relaxed movement in an equally natural environment.
It's a far cry from the severity and silhouettes of many Balanchine ballets the company is known for, but it's also beautiful and on-trend. You can view the whole slideshow here.
When they're not dancing down the runway or modeling Dior, New York City Ballet members are apparently following their peers at American Ballet Theatre (who were recently featured in a Club Monaco shoot) and switching up their designer duds for (slightly) more affordable ones.
Behold, NYCB soloist Zachary Catazaro and apprentice Miriam Miller in a video for Max Mara:
Even though the video was obviously shot to showcase the clothes and not their dancing, the two still look lovely. Which company/brand combo would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!
It's no secret that DS editors are a little (okay, a lot) obsessed with any sort of behind-the-scenes action, especially when they feature our favorite ballerinas. And if you feel the same way, then you're in for a treat—New York City Ballet soloist Megan LeCrone was just profiled on Y'all Collective, a blog dedicated to sharing the stories of creatives from the South whose careers, in one way or another, brought them to NYC.
LeCrone in the studio (photo by Michael George, via Y'all Collective)
New York-based photographer Michael George was lucky enough to spend the day with LeCrone, capturing everything from her morning routine, to her pre-class warmups, to her makeup process before the evening's performance.
LeCrone preps her hair for class (photo by Michael George, via Y'all Collective)
There's always something special about witnessing a dancer's particular rituals, and this series is no exception. LeCrone's carefully tailored schedule came from years of learning how to adapt to the demands of dancing professionally in a company. As dancers, we can all learn a little bit from these moments. That, and the pictures are stunning to look at! Check out the entire feature here.
Last week, we all got a sneak peek at New York City Ballet's most recent fashion collaborations. This week, we have a chance to get even closer to the costumes created by top couture designers for the company's fall gala on October 30.
NYCB released a video going behind the scenes and into the costume workshop as these amazing creations come to life. Maybe this will give you some far-out fashion inspiration for the week!
Fairchild in rehearsal for the "Miss Turnstiles" number in On the Town (photo by Monica Simes, via Playbill)
Back in June, we shared the exciting news that New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild will play Ivy Smith in the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town. If you're not familiar with the show, New Yorker Ivy Smith is chosen to represent the NYC Subway for a month as "Miss Turnstiles" (smh at odd 1940s customs...). Ivy's picture on the subway comes into play later, when the show's protagonists—three sailors on a day off from the Navy—embark on a quest to find her.
Recently, Broadway.com shared a rehearsal video of the "Miss Turnstiles" routine. Watch it once, and you'll know exactly why the NYCB principal was chosen for the role. Much like the rest of the show, this number is packed with difficult choreography. Everything from crisp petit allegro to some seriously intense lifts, from an epic menage to about a bazillion fouettés, choreographer Joshua Bergasse did not go easy on her. And quite frankly, we're thrilled—because watching one of our favorite ballerinas completely nail an action-packed Broadway number makes us feel happy inside.
Check it out!
On the Town officially opens October 16, but preview performances have already begun at Lyric Theatre on Broadway. For tickets, click here.
Our former cover star Kathryn Morgan has had a dream-come-true career in many ways: She only spent half a season as an apprentice at New York City Ballet before being offered a company contract, and she was tapped to dance the title role in Peter Martins' version of Romeo + Juliet when she was still in the corps.
All of these successes made it even more difficult to comprehend the news when, in August 2012, Morgan had to put her dancing aside to deal with hypothyroidism. In the meantime, she occasionally guested with her hometown company—Mobile Ballet in Mobile, AL—and started a YouTube series featuring tutorials and advice for aspiring ballet dancers.
Kathryn on the January, 2008 cover (photo by Erin Baiano)
Now, it sounds like Morgan is close to making a comeback: She's back in NYC this month to train with Garielle Whittle— a former faculty member at School of American Ballet—and Nancy Bielski, at Steps on Broadway.
Unfortunately for New York audiences, she won't be returning to NYCB. But Morgan told the New York Times that Peter Martins' decision was a blessing in disguise. Now she's free to audition for classical companies in Europe, where she hopes to find a new home.
As we've heard from other dancers who've been through serious injury or illness, to stay strong you have to stay positive. Kathryn Morgan is a role model for her impeccable dancing, but she's also a role model for her patience and determination. We'll keep watching her wherever she ends up.
There's no question that dance has pretty much taken over when it comes to mainstream advertising (and if you need a refresher—Exhibits A, B and C). And while we're all for dance (and dancers!) getting the recognition they deserve, it can be exhausting to watch brands get it wrong over and over. Which is why these new ads, featuring NYCB's Ashley Bouder, ABT's Gillian Murphy, Lauren Froderman and Dakota Moore, are not only super-tantalizing, but absolutely stunning, too. While we're not super familiar with Acer (we know it's an electronics company based in Taiwan), we must applaud the team behind these beautiful Instagrams. See for yourself below, and prepare to be mesmerized.