12 JULY 2011

Jennifer Homans pronounces Ballet dead… Alexei Ratmansky performs CPR


Misty Copeland, Paloma Herrera, Gillian Murphy & Sarah Lane in Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘The Bright Stream’. Photo: Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy of American Ballet Theatre.

Don’t miss the ballet event of the year: the West Coast premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles …

Tiny handbook of gems from 1925 targeted at ballroom dancers but apropos to ballet dancers
11 JULY 2011

Don't say your dancing days are done…

"Don'ts for Dancers" by Karsinova (1925)

Inspirational tidbit from this hilarious 1925 handbook: “Don’t say your dancing days are done. Your dancing days are never done until you are confined to a bath chair for exercise. If you can walk to the office in the morning and play a …

1 JULY 2011

Adagio at Rodeo Beach

A crisp, blustery summer afternoon on Rodeo Beach, whose soaring bluffs and craggy coastline complement the majestic melancholy of Julian Lloyd Webber’s interpretation of Bach’s Air on a G String. Yes, it was a challenge not to fall over as the sand shifted under my feet on the sloping beach,
21 JUNE 2011

Start with a plié

Antonia, Virgil and Gayla attempt the most difficult step in the ballet canon.

We start with plié at the barre not just because it underpins all movement in ballet, but because it happens to be one of the most efficient ways to warm up the entire body. It is …