Archive for October, 2011

Must See Ballet Performance on PBS

October 27, 2011

I was very happy to see that WMHT, the local PBS station has several dance performances included in the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The first one, Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp, airs tomorrow night at 9pm.
I had the pleasure of seeing Miami City Ballet perform at SPAC several years ago and I am looking forward to seeing the show on TV.
Here is a link to a video clip about the show http://video.wmht.org/video/2151623251

In addition, there is a wonderful interview with Edward Villella, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet: http://video.wmht.org/video/2130779031
Don’t miss it!

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Book of Foot Strengthening Exercises

October 18, 2011

The Perfect Pointe Book , by Lisa Howell, has many excellent foot strengthening exercises. Included with the book are video clips of students who demonstrate the exercises.

As you can guess by the title, it is geared towards dancers who are preparing to go on pointe for the first time. However, the exercises are great for any dancer or athlete. We don’t always think of strengthening the feet, but it is important.

All my younger dancers that are preparing for pointe work or who are already studying pointe do these strengthening exercises. I also incorporate them into my Balletone classes, which is a barefoot workout.

Do you exercise your feet?

Beautiful Ballerinas Honored

October 7, 2011
Jerome Robbins Award Statue

Jerome Robbins Award Statue

On September 30, 2011, the Jerome Robbins Foundation honored thirty ballerinas who worked with Jerome Robbins. I had the pleasure of being in the audience as twenty six of them accepted their award.

What a treat to watch each dancer walk across the stage and take a bow as Chita Rivera introduced them!  Some of the dancers are up there in age, but they all looked elegant.

In addition to a wonderful slide show of the dancers working with Robbins,  the audience received a brochure that listed the dancers’ thoughts about working with Robbins. I’ve read that Jerome Robbins could sometimes be difficult to work with, but all of these comments were positive.

Every time we curtsy in the classes that I teach, I think about those lovely ballerinas. It was beautiful!

To see what ballerinas were honored and to read their comments about working with Robbins, go to http://jeromerobbins.org/foundation/jerome_robbins_award .