Every once in a while, the stars align, things fall precisely into place, and the perfect marketing campaign is born. Such is the case with New York City Ballet's new trailer for their upcoming run of The Sleeping Beauty, which was conceived and directed by company soloist Sean Suozzi.
Big ballet news today! American Ballet Theatre just announced a transatlantic "dancer exchange."
OK, yes, when I first heard that, I started hyperventilating a little. Were any of my darling ABT people going to be, uh, "traded" to some European team?
But fear not: This exchange is for a few guest performances only, giving audiences on both sides of the Atlantic a taste of world-class dancers they may have never seen before.
Here's how it's going to go down:
This June, Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae will perform as Lankendem in ABT's Le Corsaire, and this July, Royal Danish Ballet principal Alban Lendorf (he's AMAZING, guys) will dance Prince Désiré in ABT's Sleeping Beauty. That's round one.
Then for round two, in December, ABT will send principal Cory Stearns to the Royal Ballet and soloist Isabella Boylston (one of our favorites!) to the Royal Danish Ballet, to dance in their respective Nutcrackers.
Anyway, sounds pretty nifty, right? And if you're not familiar with any of these great dancers, check out our slideshow below!
You guys, it's just tutu much! (I'm sorry. I had to.) One look at the insanely beautiful, brand new tutus for David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty at The Australian Ballet is enough to make you wish you could live in a mountain of pink tulle and gemstones for the rest of your life.
As we know, tutus can get a little, well, grimy, after years of wear and tear. But since this is a brand new production, the costumes are all completely fresh. And genius designer Gabriela Tylesova has pretty much outdone herself with these beauties—the colors and shapes jump right out of the photos. This is just old-fashioned #nofilter craftsmanship at its best!
Nicola Curry, Valerie Tereshchenko, Dimity Azoury and artists of The Australian Ballet (photo Kate Longley)
Amber Scott rehearses the Lilac Fairy (photo Kate Longley)
Sophie Morgan and artists of The Australian Ballet (photo Kate Longley)
Let's talk about Olympic figure-skating hopeful Gracie Gold, shall we?
OK, no, she's not a dancer. But 18-year-old Gracie's one of those rare skaters who's more than just an athlete. In addition to nailing all her technical elements, she moves with balletic elegance, fluidity, and purity of line—elements that, while they don't necessarily affect her final score, make her routines even more compelling (especially to us dance nerds).
Here's Gracie's free skate routine from Saturday's final round of the US Figure Skating Championships, where she earned her first national title. Gracie performs beautifully to a medley from The Sleeping Beauty, doing her best Aurora while also, you know, throwing off about a hundred triple jumps.
We're rooting for you, Miss Gold! May your awesome name prove prophetic in Sochi.