6 JANUARY 2012

Thank You, World!

A heartfelt thanks to my dedicated students at City Dance and Metronome and to my readers in Amherst, Austin, Baltimore, Beijing, Boston, Bujumbura, Buenos Aires, Capetown, Cebu, Chicago, Chifeng, Dallas, Dobbs Ferry, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Halifax, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Lewiston, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Macau, Madison, Manila, New Haven, New …

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27 DECEMBER 2011

The Never-Ending Scandal of the Tutu


Cleaning out her closet, Ballet to the People unearthed these exquisite vintage tutus from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Their tags reveal that they were made by Grace Costumes and Barbara Matera, leading costumers for ballet, theatre, opera and film for over five decades, for renowned ballerinas including …

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  • To see how real people integrate ballet into their daily lives?
  • When you need a French ballet term demystified?
  • To get off-the-beaten-track suggestions for your ballet class playlist?
  • When you want to know which is the scariest scene in all of classical ballet?
  • To see an example of Italian fouettés
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12 NOVEMBER 2011

Saluting the Sun God at Machu Picchu

Leah Wellstein pays homage to Balanchine, Stravinsky, the Sun God and those amazing Quechuas. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Brisebois)

Having just hiked four days through cold and rain, covering 49 kilometres of the Inca Trail from Cuzco through the Andean cloud forest to Machu Picchu, Leah celebrates her arrival at …

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6 OCTOBER 2011

Boléro for Steve Jobs: A Final Révérence

In ballet class the final movement is always an elegant, choreographed bow or curtsy acknowledging the maestro, or accompanist.

Today, fewer and fewer classes offer live piano accompaniment, with teachers relying more on the iPod to provide the necessary musical inspiration. While traditionalists decry the encroachment of technology into …

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