The dance industry is overflowing with artists who have hit the big time, left their marks and made their wildest dreams come true. But how did they do it? You’ve likely heard of the best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. Well, we thought it was high time we […]
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Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop touches base with Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk to hear all about her pointe shoe hacks, from Jet Glue to her preference for extra tight elastics. Plus, what she wears instead of toe pads (hint: it’s paper towel).
One of the great hallmarks of ballet is its reverence for the classics—which means generation after generation of ballerinas has performed the same iconic variations. A quick YouTube search for “Giselle Act I variation” or “Kitri Act III variation” will bring up clips of brilliant professional performances by stars like Alina Cojocaru and Natalia Osipova. […]
Every now and then, all the blood, sweat and oh-so-many tears dancers put into their craft result in an ultra-satisfying payoff. Here, seven professional dancers share the moments that can make them smile whenever they’re feeling down. Jared Grimes performing at the Dancers Responding to AIDS Fire Island Dance Festival (photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy […]
We’ll even miss Beckanne’s oversplit. OK, we’ll especially miss Beckanne’s oversplit. (Photo Erik Ostling/The CW) Sad news, bunheads: The CW announced yesterday that it’s curtains for “Breaking Pointe.” The docusoap, which followed Utah’s Ballet West, won’t be back for a third season. Let’s be honest: Most dance fans had a pretty conflicted relationship with the […]
By now you’re probably addicted to the new ballet reality show “Breaking Pointe,” which follows Ballet West. In the first episode our hearts broke as we watched Ballet West II dancer Katie Martin learn she wouldn’t receive a company contract for the 2012-2013 season. As is usual with ballet contracts, she’ll be finishing out the […]
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: “Breaking Pointe,” the new CW series following Salt Lake City’s Ballet West, premieres tonight! I was lucky enough to get my hands on a screener copy of the first episode, so believe me when I say: You will be obsessed with this show. There’s tons of behind-the-scenes […]