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 …

26 JULY 2011

Why cyclists should dance ballet

If Alberto Contador had only come to ballet class more regularly, he might be wearing the Maillot Jaune.

8 reasons why ballet is the perfect cross-training for cyclists:

  1. Ballet strengthens the core without having to do those boring crunches.
  2. It stretches the hip flexors, which tend to get tight in
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 …

21 JULY 2011

Cambré on the streets of San Francisco

The irrepressible Vicki Mach demonstrates cambré derrière

 

A streetwise ballerina like Vicki puts urban architecture to good use, supporting her cambré derrière (backward arch) on a stanchion.

Doing a supported stretch like this is a good reminder that when we stand up and do the cambré unsupported, we should …

20 JULY 2011

Ecarté in Vegas

Christine takes a break from playing Texas Hold ‘Em and sunning herself poolside to demonstrate the écarté, one of the eight body positions in ballet.

The body faces one of the downstage corners and the leg is extended à la seconde, or to the side, in the direction …