Wheeldon's New "Cinderella"
Oh, the power of stories. Much as I love abstract dance, few things move me the way a good story ballet does. And it seems like I'm in the majority: Story ballets are the bread-and-butter of nearly every ballet company's repertory. If you want to see a packed house for a ballet performance, go see Swan Lake. (Insert snarky Black Swan joke here.)
So I'm guessing that choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is about to have another huge hit on his hands: It was just announced that the big-ticket choreographer will make a new version of Cinderella for Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. The work will premiere in Amsterdam in December, then make its way to San Fran in 2013.
Why is this especially exciting? Because Wheeldon is a fantastic pure dance choreographer—he knows how to bring an audience to its knees with steps alone. So when he has the additional asset of a narrative (and one that comes with a gorgeous Prokofiev score, at that!), he's doubly good. And, you know, his crazy imagination doesn't hurt anything.
Need proof? Check out this clip from Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which he made for The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada last year. It features the Queen of Hearts doing a laugh-out-loud funny riff on the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty. And if Wheeldon can have this much fun with an evil queen, just think about the hilarity that will ensue once he gets his hands on Cinderella's ridiculous stepsisters.
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.