There's a New Romeo in Town!
...well, actually, two new Romeos: New York City Ballet corps members Zachary Catazaro and Taylor Stanley. But while I'm sure Zachary will be great, I'm especially excited about Mr. Stanley, who was one of our September 2010 cover stars. Taylor, who makes his debut as the tragic hero in NYCB's Romeo + Juliet on February 18, is definitely on the rise. Though this is only his second season as a full company member, he's already had featured roles in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia and George Balanchine's Square Dance, neither of which are anything to sneeze at. He's an elegant, expressive, noble dancer—in other words, a perfect Romeo. It's a great Valentine's Day present for bunheads like me!
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.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.