David Hallberg's Directorial Role
Bad news first: David Hallberg had to cancel his spring season performances with American Ballet Theatre. He had surgery on his foot a few months ago, and apparently jumped back into things a little too quickly—so he's taking the time to make sure his injury heals properly. This is a total bummer for all of us NYC ballet fans, who were looking forward to seeing his perfect technique light up the stage at the Met.
Hallberg flying in one of the Bolshoi's studios (photo by Henry Leutwyler)
Now for the good news: Hallberg is serving as the dance director for the very first Festival of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA, which is happening today! Though he won't dance in the festival, he's helping to bring dance to an area that doesn't usually attract a ton of starpower, and he's doing it with style— New York City Ballet principal Maria Kowroski is slated to dance something by George Balanchine, while American Ballet Theatre principal Veronika Part will dance a more contemporary ballet piece by Lar Lubovich.
Hallberg's cross-cultural ballet career (trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School, currently dances with ABT and the Bolshoi Ballet) has helped him understand the importance of bringing art to different communities. "I want the Palm Springs area and Southern California to experience extremely high quality art in various disciplines," he told Palm Springs Life magazine. We're all about it—but heal up Hallberg! We want to see you back on the stage, too.
Going from your local studio to the big leagues of the the dance industry can be daunting. That's why many dancers chose to work with a talent agent, an expert who's dedicated his or her career to helping clients navigate the world of show biz. Agents assist with everything from finding auditions to submitting resumés and dance reels, and can dramatically ease the process of transitioning from amateur dancer to pro.
But finding an agent who has the right vision for your career takes time and research. We caught up with Go 2 Talent Agency president (and former dancer and choreographer) Terry Lindholm to get the inside scoop on how dancers should go about looking for representation—and what else you can do now to set yourself up for a successful career.
Looking for your next audition shoe? Shot at and in collaboration with Broadway Dance Center, Só Dança has launched a new collection of shoes working with some pretty famous faces of the musical theater world! Offered in two different styles and either 2.5" or 3" heels, top industry professionals are loving how versatile and supportive these shoes are! Pro tip: The heel is centered under the body so you can feel confident and stable!
T-Swift's girl gang will have nothing on your dance team when you're all decked out in matching rehearsal-wear.
Modeled by Kristen Vasconcelos, Jessica Hofman, Nicole Kelly, and Bryanna Strickland
Photography by Jayme Thornton
Q: "Why do you want to dance?"
A: "Why do you want to LIVE?"
Ahhh, so iconic! If you know those lines (slash, embody them on a daily basis), you're already a fan of the 1948 film The Red Shoes. The second line, as spoken by Red Shoes heroine Victoria Page, just perfectly captures the kind of crazy, all-consuming love so many of us feel for this incredible art form.
The Red Shoes turns 70 (!) this year. And Harper's Bazaar decided to celebrate that birthday in an oh-so-glamorous fashion: They decked out three of today's most beautiful ballerinas—American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck—in gorgeous couture inspired by the film. (Obviously, Louboutins were involved.)
Because the entire world wants to #DanceWithJanet—and because what seemed like literally half the world just descended on L.A. to audition in person for the icon, at her first open dance call in more than 10 years—we thought we'd take an extra-special walk down memory lane this Thursday. Friends, meet the cast of dancers for Ms. Jackson's 1993 tour.
In a singularly epic throwback video, Jackson introduces us to her dance crew for the Janet World Tour. You'll probably recognize the fabulous Tina Landon, who also choreographed the whole thing. But there's another face in particular that's...well, to call it "familiar" would be a bit of an understatement.
Showstopper has been making its impact on the dance world since 1978. Before then, dancers didn't have a stage to perform on, the opportunity to learn from peers, or a competitive outlet like most sports. Debbie Roberts recognized this missing piece in the dance community and that is how America's first and longest running dance competition, Showstopper, was born. Debbie taught dance for over 26 years and owned and operated her own dance studio for 20 years. She is now the owner and National Director of Showstopper, along side her husband, Dave Roberts. Dancer, teacher, business owner, author, and mother, Debbie has made dance her life's career.
With several Shaping Sound tours and TV credits like "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing with the Stars," and "Boardwalk Empire" to her name, you wouldn't expect Kate Harpootlian to be refreshingly down-to-earth. But that's exactly how she is: As soon as you start talking to the gifted dancer and choreographer, it becomes clear that she doesn't take herself too seriously. And she's happy to tell hilarious stories to prove it. (Ask her about the time she did a Mr. Peanut impression when Mia Michaels asked her to improvise, or the time she starred in a Japanese makeup commercial and had to do grand pliés wearing one pointe shoe and one flat shoe.)
That mixture of humor and grace is evident in Harpootlian's growing body of choreographic work. Her one-act show Better Late Than Never, for example, which premiered last summer, has a jazzy, West Side Story vibe, offsetting heavier moments with touches of whimsy. "There's always a balance in my work," Harpootlian says. "I want to use humor to balance out the darker aspects. It's like one of my friends once said: 'You make me laugh, and then you make me feel bad for laughing.' "
Winter is drawing to a close and you know what that means -- It's time to really kick this year into gear! Move U has done the research so you can find your best match, look good, and feel great this season with a twist unique to your team! Here are five looks to put your performance on the map in 2018.
Unless you're living under a rock, you know that Queen Beyoncé completely dominated this year's Coachella festival—so much so that it was rechristened, and will perhaps forever be known as, #Beychella. And if you're like us, you couldn't take your eyes off her army of gorgeous, talented backup dancers, who were sharp and stunning throughout the entire performance. They should all be stars in their own right—which is why we're not surprised that, on Instagram, some of them are already celebrities. Here are 7 Beyoncé dancers you need to be following ASAP.