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Mother Ginger and Isabella

(YouTube link) This scene is always my favorite of The Nutcracker Ballet. In the version our regional ballet does, Mother Ginger is a man atop a wooden scaffolding that gets rolled out on stage. In this version, the lemon drop dancers underneath are so tiny that such shenanigans aren’t necessary. Keep your eye on little Isabella, [...]

Watch A Baby Hippo Take Her First Swim

(Video Link) So it’s not quite a ballet, but it’s certainly freaking precious. Just look at that lumpy little babe tip toe through the water. Via I Can Has Cheezburger

Slow Motion Ballet

This one is wonderful: the grace and beauty of ballet, captured in slow mo. Take a look and appreciate the graceful movements of Marina Kanno and Giacomo Bevilaqua from Staatsballett Berlin at 1,000 frames per second. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] [...]

Underwater Zombie Frog Ballet

Chinese artist Lu Yang’s latest project involved three things that you don’t normally find in a sentence: frog, ballet, and zombie. She took dead frog bodies that have been used in medical dissection experiments [...]

Ballet School for Blind Dancers

(Video Link) A school in São Paulo, Brazil trains people who are visually impaired — many completely blind since birth — to be graceful and coordinated ballet dancers. Fernanda Bianchini opened her school in 1995 and developed an effective way of teaching dance by touch to hundreds of students. A few of her students have even [...]

The Technology of Pointe Shoes

Seeing a ballerina en pointe is impressive, but not as impressive as it was 200 years ago. Competition among dancers means that everyone trains for dancing on the toes, and the quality of the shoes means that all dancers en pointe look the same. Whitney Laemmli of the University of Pennsylvania says the standardization of [...]

R2-D2 Ballerina

Leeloo’s costume for this year makes me think that the original Star Wars trilogy could make a great ballet. We must see Jabba dance with the outer grace that he hides within. Link -via Fashionably Geek

Britain’s oldest ballet dancer at 91

A former Japanese POW is believed to be Britain’s oldest ballet dancer and shows no sign of stopping. At 80 years of age, John Lowe bought a house and…

Paul Taylor’s The Word

A little shameless self-promo here… My ballet with Paul Taylor The Word has been running at City Center in NYC. You can catch the last performance on March 6th, then it goes on tour. The score is based on the Greek Liturgy and is, to the best of my knowledge, the only Mass ever written [...]

Rain Dance

(YouTube Link) This group of kids performing urban dance on a street corner in the rain give ballet a modern twist. Link