Technique & French Demystified

10 AUGUST 2011

Grande Révérence with Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dancers of Ballet Populaire de l’Île du Cerf celebrate the end of a hectic season. (Photo courtesy of Samuel Robert Watson III. 100 lbs of oysters & lobster courtesy of Kevin McHale.)

What is the right way to mark the end of an outdoor feast on the edge of the …

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6 AUGUST 2011

Anthony takes the 4th

Anthony McHale adopts a princely demeanor on a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway. (Photo courtesy of Samuel Robert Watson III)

Anthony takes a break from rehearsing an Indonesian adaptation of ‘Swan Lake’ on the Big River to demonstrate an open 4th position croisé.

Think of the open …

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5 AUGUST 2011

Thousand Island Arabesque

American Ballet Theatre alumna Cristina Escoda, partnered by Adrian McHale of Ballet Populaire de l’Île du Cerf. Cristina models Ballet to the People’s regulation Hello Kitty practice T while both dancers favor flip-flops when rehearsing on cliffs. Please do not attempt this if you are not a trained professional. (Photo

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28 JULY 2011

Maria and the Boys à la hauteur in Tokyo

(L-R) Blaine Hoven, Julio Bragado-Young, Marcelo Gomes & Maria Riccetto of American Ballet Theatre in Tokyo.

Tokyo Metro commuters were temporarily stymied the other day by an unexpected set of turnstiles that sprung up at the entrance to the Omotesando station… no, wait, those aren’t turnstiles… those are ABT dancers …

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25 JULY 2011

Biker shows attitude

When not fine-tuning her braking technique down those devilishly steep bike trails in Marin, Sarah can be found tossing off triple pirouettes in the ballet studio.

Here she demonstrates one of the more difficult ballet poses – attitude croisée devant – difficult because you can’t simply lift the knee, you …

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