I've always been intrigued by dancers' fascination with cooking. For all the talk about the dance world's eating-disorder plague (a lot of it, unfortunately, merited), many dancers seem to find cooking (and eating) to be a great way to unwind after a stressful day at the studio. Gotta refuel after all that rehearsal, right?
Along those lines, here's a delightful way to start your week: "Dinner with Mr. B." The cute video (below) and accompanying blog post are the first in what will be a series. A group of bloggers and artists, led by Ryan Wenzel of bodiesneverlie.com and New York City Ballet soloist Antonio Carmena (who has legit skills—he's a graduate of the French Culinary Institute), are cooking their way through The Ballet Cook Book, published in 1966. The book is a treasure trove of recipes submitted by ballet icons, compiled by George Balanchine's then-wife Tanaquil Le Clercq. Basically, the Ballet Cook Book dinner series is the dance-nerd version of Julie and Julia. Love it.
Balanchine was known for his cooking, and in the project's first installment, the group makes some of Mr. B.'s own recipes: blinis, beet borschok (a sort of consommé), "fish dinner for two" and "banana sweet." Most of it looks pretty delicious (maybe not the borschok, but hey, who knows). And the time-lapsed video documenting the process is adorable. Take a look!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "