Because There's No Such Thing As Too Much "Nutcracker"...
Principal Character Artist Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer in the 2013 production (Bill Cooper, courtesy The Royal Ballet)
As December 2018 is finally winding down, you've probably had "Waltz of the Flowers" stuck in your head since October—at least. If just reading that sentence made you want to scream, you're welcome to stop reading here. (And we really are sorry that it's stuck in your head for the umpteenth time now.)
We're actually talking here to the diehard Nutters. Yes, you, who feel a little less dead inside every single time that tree starts to grow, you who gasp with suspense when Clara bends back to hurl the slipper, you who "awwwwwwwww" at every last adorable polichinelle or angel. If you still need more Nutcracker in your life, The Royal Ballet is HERE. FOR. YOU. (At least through December 30!)
Now through the end of the month, you can catch The Royal Ballet's production of the perennial holiday classic in a movie theater near you. Peter Wright's adaptation has been a stalwart of the company's repertoire since 1984, so you know it's a goodie. This particular performance was filmed on December 3 of this year (with Marianela Nunez as Sugarplum, YAY!), but can be enjoyed by you as many times as you like between now and 2019. And in some ways, it may even be better than paying for a ticket and showing up at Covent Garden in person: These cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seats in the house plus close-ups showing details of the dancers' costumes and performances, and include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews presented by British-ballet legend Darcey Bussell.
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.