Updates from Rockette Lindsay and Mystere Dancer Arnaud
Arnaud is working hard onstage and off to meet the everyday demands of performing in Mystère.
Arnaud Betrand has enjoyed the last few weeks of perfect performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “We are all on cue and working hard,” he says. “All the shows have been great and we’ve had some amazing audiences.”
For his role as the Green Lizard, he spends a majority of the show close to the ground, using his arms just as much as his legs. With a whopping 10 performances each week, it’s essential for Arnaud to stay in top form and maintain his technique and strength. He starts each day by weight training. “At the gym I only lift weights, because I get a huge cardio workout during the show,” he says. Arnaud also takes one ballet, modern and Pilates class each week.
Arnaud celebrated his one-year anniversary in the Mystère cast in December. Reminiscing about his first days with Cirque, he says, “I was very careful in my first performances,” adding that being one body in a 72-member cast with tons of entrances and exits meant quickly replacing his new-to-the-cast nervousness with concentration. “I had to think hard about my staging, and the other artists’ staging,” he explains.
Arnaud’s free time is spent checking out a few new clubs in the Las Vegas area; however, his social life hasn’t been keeping him out too late. “I have really been resting and being good to my body,” he says.
Fit to Begin
By Laura Teusink
Radio City Rockette Lindsay Howe revs up for rehearsals.
On October 10, Lindsay Howe moved from Sacramento, CA, to Manhattan for the Rockette season. This year she got her own apartment about a 20-minute walk to Radio City Music Hall. By the time her cast (the Gold group) started rehearsals on November 5, the Blue group had already opened the show.
There are two Rockette casts (Blue and Gold) because there are too many performances for a single line to do. The Gold cast does primarily afternoon and evening shows, while the Blue cast does morning and afternoon shows. On one cast’s day off, the other cast performs all of the shows, and vice versa.
In preparation for rehearsals Lindsay had an hour-long appointment during which she met with the Rockette physician and a physical therapist as part of a “day of health” to aid in injury prevention during the hectic winter season. “My knees have been bothering me, so [the physical therapist] gave me some exercises I could do to make them better,” she says. The physical therapist prescribed Thera-Band exercises for her knees and stretching for her IT (iliotibial) band, an area that tends to get tight when dancing Rockette choreography in heels.
Lindsay also had an appointment with the wardrobe department. “My fitting was really easy this year because I have all the same costumes from last year,” she says. Certain elements of her costumes, like the spats for her Santa shoes and the marabou on her green opening-number costume, were refurbished to give them a fresh look. “The model costume is my favorite,” she says. “With all the rhinestones and the dip-dyed effect, it is very girly and fun. You also get to wear the white wig and that is fun, too.”
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.