What Does the Bolshoi's Company Class Look Like?
Unsurprisingly, pretty impressive!
Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet is currently on tour in London, and Britain's Telegraph was able to get some great video footage of the company's ladies in their morning class at the Royal Opera House. The paper had a special tour guide, too: principal dancer Ekaterina Krysanova, one of the ballerinas tackling the role of Odette/Odile in the company's sold-out London performances of Swan Lake. In fact, Krysanova will be showing off her swan arms and fouettés tonight.
Yes, we take ballet classes all the time, but I will never get tired of watching artists at the top of their game get put through their paces in class. Especially dancers schooled in scrupulously classical Russian technique. (Coming out of an attitude turn without a plié?? That is intense.)
Take a look!
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
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.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: