Greta Hodgkinson Writes a Letter to Her Teenage Self
Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic, courtesy National Ballet of Canada
The National Ballet of Canada star Greta Hodgkinson was born to be a principal ballerina: She's a classic beauty with captivating stage presence and impeccable technique. A Providence, RI, native, Hodgkinson trained at Festival Ballet Providence School and, later, at Canada's National Ballet School. She joined The NBoC in 1990 and was promoted to principal in 1996. This season, Hodgkinson is celebrating both her 25th anniversary with the storied company and her 20th anniversary as a principal dancer—she's one of only three ballerinas in the history of The NBoC to reach the two-decade mark as a principal. Catch her later this month in Onegin when the company performs at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. —Courtney Bowers
If there's just one thing that I can't impress upon you enough, it's to trust yourself wholly and completely.
You are strong, brave and daring. Although it's tempting, don't compare yourself to others. Instead, focus on being the best version of yourself. It may feel at times that you're not good enough—but know that everyone experiences these feelings. We all have something unique to offer and you're no exception.
Don't be shy or hesitate to rely on all the support you have around you. It's immense, and you're so fortunate to have all those wonderful people and mentors who love you cheering you on. It's important to remember there are many who can help show you the way.
Treasure each fleeting moment onstage—you've earned it. Stay humble. Having the opportunity to perform is an honor and a privilege. Do your best to enjoy every moment. It'll all go by so fast. There will be many times you're too busy, working too hard or feeling too anxious. But try to take a step back, smell the roses and truly appreciate where you are and what you're doing.
I hope you know just how lucky you are to be in this extraordinary art form.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: