Skylar Brandt and Julian Mackay dance Flames of Paris. Vladim Shults, Courtesy Russia-K.
When American Ballet Theatre soloist Skylar Brandt's phone lit up with a message from Julian MacKay last summer, she never could have imagined the journey it would set her on. Brandt barely knew the Mikhailovsky Ballet soloist—they'd met briefly in St. Petersburg a few months earlier—but he wrote that he had a project he thought she'd be perfect for. Brandt was flattered, but assumed she'd be unavailable. She'd just come off an eight-week season with ABT and was in Los Angeles finishing up a tour. But MacKay was insistent. The next morning, Brandt was brushing her teeth when his sister, Maria Sascha Khan, called. "She explained that Julian was in Paris rehearsing for a Russian TV show called 'Big Ballet' and his partner had gotten injured. She asked if I could come to Paris immediately, as the show started filming in Moscow in one week."
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: There's nothing quite like a beautifully filmed dance video featuring an equally beautiful dancer (and if you need a refresher—exhibits A, B and C). Teen Vogue, who brought us the binge-worthy Strictly Ballet, just released another stunning example which we guarantee you'll be watching on repeat.
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Meet Julian MacKay, the newest (and youngest) soloist joining the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a graduate of the Bolshoi Academy and 2015–2016 apprentice with The Royal Ballet, it's pretty obvious that he's one to watch. And once you see his jaw-dropping feet, extension and overall stage presence in the video, we promise you'll be as obsessed as we are. Take a look for yourselves: