The English National Ballet's Pointe Shoe Christmas Tree Is a Work of Art
Last year, we introduced you to the magical majesty of the English National Ballet's pointe shoe Christmas tree, the holly-jolliest of all holly-jolly things. This year? This year, it's back—and it is even more amazing, if that's possible.
The tree, once again masterminded by Arnaud Stephenson and Amber Hunt (aka Photography by ASH), will adorn the lobby of the London Coliseum for the duration of ENB's Nutcracker run. It features 341 shoes—all of them signed by their ballerina owners, and many of them bedazzled—arranged in an artful spiral. And this year it's adorned with braided shoe-ribbon garlands and extra-sparkly twinkle lights. Which—I mean, just look at it:
Sometimes we get cynical about promotional hashtagging, but oh, man: This wonder DESERVES ITS OWN HASHTAG, and ENB has, happily, provided one. If you need to get in the ho-ho-holiday spirit, go search #ENBTree on Twitter and Insta. You won't be disappointed.
Also, please enjoy this delightful time-lapse video of the tree's creation:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer