The Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle is home to hundreds of students and professional dancers, but one particular student is pushing to evolve opportunities for dancers of all … [Read more...] about 18-year-old Ashton Edwards, a “gender-fluid pointe dancer”
The audiences laugh, sometimes the dancers laugh, but getting a dozen or so male dancers on pointe through more than one hundred performances a year is no laughing matter. Being a Trock is a serious … [Read more...] about The Tricks of the Trocks: powder, ice and pointe shoes
Florenz Ziegfeld created his Follies in 1907, and the successful format continued on Broadway until 1931. The Ziegfeld Follies were extraordinarily elaborate revues inspired by the Folies Bergères in … [Read more...] about Pointe shoes and tutus at the Ziegfeld Follies
What have Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés got in common? Well yes, they are all ballet dancers. And yes, they have all danced Giselle. But think more deeply... They've all got dark … [Read more...] about Why are Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés wearing green pointe shoes?
Judith Hanna, a 75-year-old grandmother and anthropology professor, spent an afternoon in 2005 on a beach in Jacksonville, Florida, photographing women’s swimsuited backsides, reports Bloomberg … [Read more...] about “A stripper in heels is like a ballerina en pointe” says University researcher defending lap-dancing clubs
Nikolay Grishko runs the company he founded by in the late 1980s after accompanying his professional dancer-wife Tamara during a French tour: Russian dancers were bringing ballet shoes from theatre … [Read more...] about Battle of the pointes: Grishko and the threat of plastic
Even the sternest critic can't resist Fredrick Ashton's charming ballet. As Sarah Frater says in the London Evening Standard: Only the flinty hearted could resist Frederick Ashton’s ballet version … [Read more...] about A welcome return for the Royal Ballet’s ‘The Tales of Beatrix Potter’