Vivienne Westwood's Beautiful Ballerinas
I am not the style maven at Dance Spirit.
When it comes to dressing cute and knowing when to wear a belt "to cinch things," I leave that to fashion editor Michael Anne. If I'm curious about a fashion designer or what some celebrity wore to an awards show, associate editor Margaret is my go-to girl. And when I question whether leggings can, in fact, be worn as pants, I have Rachel to convince me that yes, they can.
But I've watched just enough episodes of "Sex and the City" to know a handful of big names in the fashion world, and thanks to the "SATC" movie (shameless confession: I loved it), I know precisely who Vivienne Westwood is and I understand why she's so sought-after.
In the "SATC" film, Vivienne Westwood is the designer behind that stunning, cream-puffy wedding gown Carrie wears at her Vogue fashion shoot and, eventually, to the New York Public Library where she doesn't quite get to say "I do."
Now, Ms. Westwood is taking on ballerinas!
Westwood is helping rebrand the English National Ballet through a new campaign featuring the company's dancers wearing Westwood's designs. (Um, can I join ENB, if only for the sweet style?)
"It's a dream come true to be able to collaborate with someone of such stature," ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo told Vogue. "Her designs capture the creativity and ambition of our dancers who, in turn, add drama and movement to the clothes."
The rebranding also comes with a new company logo and website.
Personally, I'm loving all these designer-dancer collaborations and I can't wait to see who teams up next. American Ballet Theatre and Tom Ford? Miami City Ballet and Oscar de la Renta? Catherine Malandrino and San Francisco Ballet?
Or, you know, designers, you can just come to the DS offices and style us. We'd be totally fine with that.
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
The 2018 Oscar noms are here. Which is fun and all; we'll never not get excited about a night of glitz and glamor and, when we're lucky, pretty great dancing. But we'd be a heck of a lot more excited if the Academy Awards included a Best Choreography category. And really—why don't they?
Maud Arnold is one of the busiest tap dancers on the planet. As a member of the Syncopated Ladies, Maud—along with her big sis and fellow tapper Chloé Arnold—is on constantly the road for performances, workshops, and master classes. For the average person, that kind of schedule could lead to a serious derailment of healthy habits. But Maud's far from average. Here's how the fit, fierce, flawless tap star stays stage-ready—no matter what time zone she finds herself in.
If you're in need of a piece that's both trendy and sophisticated, look no further than this Só Dança crop top. Featuring elegant long sleeves, a high neckline, and a delicate lace trim, it's both classic and contemporary—perfect for everything from that big audition to a long night in the studio. Enter below for your chance to win it!
Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance Theatre in Juneau, AK, it's rarely possible. “Living in Alaska, it's difficult to travel to auditions," she says. “It gets way too expensive!" Instead, each year, with help from her teachers and a videographer, she puts together a well-crafted video and submits it to schools around the country. Last year, her high-quality video helped her earn acceptance to nearly every program she applied for. Most summer intensive programs, eager to attract students from far and wide, will accept video auditions from those who can't travel to take class. But major schools look at hundreds of submissions each year, which means video auditioners have just a few minutes—or even seconds—to make a great impression. If you're about to create an audition video, follow these tips from the professionals to put your best digital foot forward.