Did you watch New York City Ballet's live broadcasts of The Nutcracker this December? If so, you were probably blown away by the long, leggy dancer who performed the "Arabian" variation: principal Teresa Reichlen. Reichlen has put her own distinctive stamp on some of NYCB's most coveted parts, including the "tall girl" in "Rubies" from George Balanchine's Jewels and the Siren in Balanchine's "Prodigal Son." Oh, and did I mention that she's a serious smarty, too? She's currently working towards a degree in biology at Barnard College. I caught up with Reichlen at a photo shoot this afternoon, and asked her to share a few fun facts with DS.
What's your dance pet peeve?
When people aren't spatially aware. Especially in class, when somebody just runs into you. Yes, the studio is always crowded, but we're a community—we should watch out for each other.
Do you have a secret talent?
[Laughs] I think all of my talents are very well-advertised—I promote any talents that I have!
Who would play you in a movie?
The actress from True Blood who plays Jessica [Deborah Ann Woll]! Everyone tells me I look exactly like her.
What's your ideal day off?
Staying at home, doing some homework, reading, and then cooking an elaborate dinner. My boyfriend and I are really into baking pretzels lately. They're so easy: You just make the dough, let it rise for an hour, stick them in some boiling water with baking soda, and then put egg wash and salt on top and bake them for like 15 minutes. So delicious.
(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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.