There are certain people in the dance universe who can just do no wrong. One of them is Ellen DeGeneres, the ultimate dance fangirl, who regularly features our favorite dancers (including her bestie, tWitch) on her ever-fabulous TV show. Another is Tiler Peck, the insanely versatile New York City Ballet principal who we've never seen give a less-than-jaw-dropping performance, even when she's in tap shoes.
In a way, it was only a matter of time until Peck made her way to DeGeneres' much-danced-upon stage. But when the moment actually came—during last Friday's ep—it was even more epic than we anticipated.
We always love a good #tututuesday post. But when that post comes from an A-list Hollywood celebrity—and features some of our all-time favorite ballet dancers? That is next-level stuff.
Meet ballet fangirl Jennifer Garner. Yes, we've had a soft spot for Garner ever since she showed off her "Thriller" dance moves in 13 Going on 30. But for the past two weeks, she's been highlighting ballet's finest with Insta posts that show a truly legit knowledge of world-class ballet—including its inside jokes. And now we might be in love.
For ballerinas, it's the dream role to end all dream roles: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the type of part dancers spend years preparing for and whole careers perfecting. And it's a role that New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck never thought she'd dance. Though Peck is one of the world's preeminent ballerinas, her short stature made Odette/Odile, typically performed by longer, leggier dancers, seem (almost literally) out of reach.
Then—surprise!—her name popped up on the cast list for NYCB's fall season run of Swan Lake.
Jerome Robbins—the legendary choreographer who changed the way the world thought about both Broadway and ballet—would have been 100 years old next year. That's the kind of anniversary that calls for a great party. And New York City Ballet, one of Robbins' homes, definitely knows how to throw great parties.
NYCB will actually be honoring Robbins for three whole weeks during its 2018 spring season, dancing 19 different Robbins ballets. But the centerpiece of the celebration, the company just announced, will be a new work staged by Tony Award winner/all-around Broadway rockstar Warren Carlyle, who'll assemble extracts from eight (!) of Robbins' most famous musicals.
The Vail Dance Festival in Vail, CO, is famous for pairing dancers from different companies with each other. And we love geeking out over that kind of fantasy casting. (Speaking of which: You HAVE to watch these videos of American Ballet Theatre's Calvin Royal III and New York City Ballet's Unity Phelan rehearsing Balanchine's Agon pas de deux. 🔥 🔥 🔥 )
But VDF director Damian Woetzel also likes to have dancers try on completely foreign dance styles. And sometimes the results of those mad-scientist experiments are magical—especially when NYCB's Tiler Peck is involved.
Here's an especially great addition to the ever-growing group of ballet-inspired music videos: Soulful singer-songwriter Charlotte OC asked ravishing New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck to star in a video for her new song "Medicine Man." Unsurprisingly, the result is both beautiful and moving.
Every ballerina's pointe shoe process is intense, but some dancers take pointe prep to a completely different level. And New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck definitely falls in that second category.
The New York Times recently did a Facebook Live event with Peck, following her as she chose and prepped her shoes for the evening's performance. (She was about to dance in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.) Peck is a crazy perfectionist onstage—it's one of the qualities that makes her so compelling—and she's just as much of a crazy perfectionist about her shoes.
Ah, pointe shoes: They are our forever frenemies. Much as we're obsessed with them, even the most serious bunheads can have difficulty figuring them out.
That's where The School at Steps' Pointe Shoe Workshop and Fair comes in. Part advice panel, part shoe sale, the annual event brings together experts from all corners of the ballet world, as well as representatives from major pointe shoe brands. Whether you're just about to start pointe or are trying to find the perfect pair before your upcoming company audition, you can get a lot out of this shindig.