We've talked—and talked, and talked—about the fashion-ballet connection. Both worlds are full of glamor and drama and passionate artists who've dedicated their lives to a demanding craft. In a way their mutual infatuation seems totally natural. (And hey—we certainly aren't complaining about it. More coverage for ballet, and the occasional fabulous costume collaboration with a big-name designer to boot? Yes please!)
So we weren't surprised to hear that Vogue Australia recently went backstage with Australian Ballet principal Lana Jones. The mag followed her as she prepared for a performance of Balanchine's Ballet Imperial (known to New York City Ballet fans as Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2). Some of the article's big "reveals" are things intimately familiar to us dancers—the elaborate makeup application, the name tags in the tutus—and yet even to our eyes, there's still something beautiful and mysterious in these pre-show rituals. And since this is ballet coverage for fashion devotees, there are of course all kinds of gorgeous tutu close-ups. Take a look!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.