Wendy Whelan Just Gave Her Students the Best Holiday Gift Ever
All us normal humans are currently struggling through the tricky what-should-I-get-my-studio-friends-for-the-holidays tap dance.* But we can give up right now, because former New York City Ballet prima/perpetually extraordinary person Wendy Whelan just won the present game forever: She gifted her advanced Ballet Academy East students her own leotards.
Picture that for a second: Wendy Whelan, a dance goddess, a living legend, just handed you a lovely leo that has been on her own superhuman body. And now you—you!—can benefit from all its amazing juju. It's like getting to wear a tutu that the dancer you idolize once donned, except in this case you can take the thing home and maybe (we won't judge!) sleep with it under your pillow.
We have to give snaps to the BAE ladies for maintaining an extremely chill façade in the face of all this, because we have a feeling they're squee-ing like crazy inside:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.