Tory Burch Sport Celebrates Ballet with Juilliard Dancers
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It's currently New York Fashion Week, which means it's the perfect time to gush over the merging of fashion and dance, yet again. We know we've said it a thousand times, but there's just nothing better than big brands tapping dancers for campaigns or runway shows.
Some of our favorite dancers—including Madi Hicks, Paige Borowski, Cassidy Spaedt, Mikaela Kelly, Alysia Johnson, and Melissa Anderson—show off the adorable looks in a dreamy video, talk about their most memorable moments from the shoot ("when we were filming at the barre to Missy Elliott," Johnson says), and chat about their go-to snacks for staying fueled during long rehearsals ("a salmon avocado roll and matcha green tea," Katerina Eng says).
The brand even sat down with Johnson for an in-depth Q&A, where she offers up lots of gems, like her advice for aspiring dancers ("Don't be nervous about getting it perfect. Ballet is a practice, and there's room for everyone"), and her must-see ballet ("If Firebird is ever being performed near you, go see it! One of the most dynamic ballets and an audience favorite.")
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.