Soaring in Don Quixote at San Francisco Ballet
What do you get when you combine diamond-strong technique with old-Hollywood beauty and glamour? San Francisco Ballet principal Vanessa Zahorian, who has been one of the Bay Area company’s leading ladies for a decade. Trained in both the Vaganova style (at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.) and Balanchine technique (at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet), Pennsylvania-born Zahorian apprenticed with Russia’s Maryinsky Ballet before joining SFB’s corps in 1997. She quickly rose to the rank of principal, and has since danced nearly every major classical lead and originated roles in ballets by Jorma Elo, Yuri Possokhov and Helgi Tomasson. Zahorian recently married fellow SFB principal Davit Karapetyan (who proposed to her after they performed Romeo and Juliet together!). Catch her dancing with SFB this month. —Margaret Fuhrer
Right now, you get corrections from your teachers and think it’s
the worst thing in the world. You think it means that you’re a
bad student or dancer, and you often end up getting emotional in
the corner of the room. But eventually you’ll realize that these corrections are good for you, and that they’re given because your teachers want you to improve and be the best that you can be. I wish I still received those corrections today! In the professional ballet world, you’ll have to figure things out on your own.
Family and friends are incredibly important. In order to get through some of life’s most challenging encounters, you’ll need the help and guidance of your parents and loved ones. Their encouragement will keep you going. Throughout life’s struggles and challenges, they’ll be there to guide you along your path.
Last but not least: If you put your mind, heart and soul into something, you will never be a failure. Any field or path you choose to follow is worthy, as long as you strive to become the best you can be. No one can take that away from you; in fact, others can learn from you.
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.