Looking for a gripping read between competition rehearsals? If you like family drama, fierce competition and out-of-the-box characters (as in, the stereotypical cutthroat ballet master is actually the main character’s father…yikes!), you may want to pick up debut author Vanessa Torres’ The Turning Pointe, which hits bookshelves February 22. Not to be confused with Turning […]
Instagram star Kylie Shea has built a following of nearly 170,000 with her playful workout videos, which combine traditional fitness activities, like jumping rope or running on the treadmill, with pointe shoes and sassy choreography. Shea’s effortless cool-girl-next-door vibe and solid ballet technique make her vids totally irresistible. Now Shea’s using her platform to address […]
There’s so much history in the ballet world! Some of the dances that are being performed today date back to a century ago, and you wouldn’t know it if you didn’t study it. It’s important to know the origin of the companies and choreography we’ve come to know and love. The following are nine legendary […]
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre’s spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven’t stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden’s artwork for the ballet is now […]
Let’s take a minute to talk about Gene Schiavone’s gorgeous photography, shall we? We want this guy’s life: He travels the world shooting talented dancers in both performance and studio settings. He’s especially good at capturing the essence of our favorite ballerinas. (In fact, he shot Keenan Kampa for her 2012 Dance Spirit cover!) Schiavone […]
Four ballerinas walk us through their pointe shoe rituals.
For the past few weeks, the dance world has been buzzing about Taylor Swift’s new music video “Shake It Off.” Your reviews are mostly positive, though somewhat mixed. Many of you told us you were thrilled to see a singer acknowledge the fact that she can’t dance. Others appreciated that she showcased a variety of […]
Maggie Kudirka (photo © Lucas Chilczuk) Every so often, a dancer comes along who not only impresses us with her power on the dance floor, but also with her endurance and strength when she’s off it. Maggie Kudirka is one of those dancers. In June, after graduating with a BFA in dance from Towson University […]