Archive for August, 2011
Check out this outstanding collection of black and white dance photos from the 1920’s through the 90’s, courtesy of The New York Times!
Looking for a little inspiration to keep your momentum going? Check this story out…
How many people can say they’d like to continue working right into their 90’s? Elissa Fuchs already is….It was nearly 90 years ago when Fuchs was only three years-old that she made the decision dancing is what she wanted to do.
“That was all I wanted to do, go on the stage. And at 16, my dream came true through just a miracle,” she said.
Fuchs landed a job performing the Vaudeville circuit. That kicked off her career on Broadway, then performing with the world class Russian Ballet and then onto the Metropolitan Opera. Fuchs said she was doing what she was born to do.
“I was someone else on the stage. I loved being on the stage,” she said. Read the rest of this amazing story here.
Last month, Pacific Northwest Ballet announced its newest company members for the 2011-12 season. Elizabeth Murphy of Massachusetts, was one of the chosen few.
For the past 20 years, Bernice Coppieters has danced all of the leading roles in Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s repertoire, including Juliet in “Romeo et Juliette”. (Side note: We had the privilege of reviewing Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance of this piece back in 2009, in which Coppieters’ beautiful fingerprints could be seen and felt throughout the entire evening.)
Now this gorgeously complex dancer talks about one of her most rewarding roles to date: instructor.
In her early 40s, Coppieters’ age is not a sensitive topic of conversation, as one might expect. She isn’t scared of the fact that her career as an active prima ballerina is very likely coming to its end. She says she is putting her focus in a different direction, working with dancers in companies around the world who are staging Maillot’s productions.
Read more here.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is celebrating its partnership with Yamaha – making them the company’s official piano supplier – with a piano sale. Nearly 80 pianos of all sizes will be available for purchase, including some of PBT’s own pianos. A portion of these proceeds will benefit the ballet company. The partnership provides PBT with pianos for its studios and the opportunity to buy new pianos over the next five years. “Live music is integral to our curriculum,” said PBT school operations director Aaron Rinsema. Read more here.
In an effort to boost low sales, Sony devised a most beautiful ad campaign featuring a twirling (and no doubt sweating!) ballerina!
Crowds gathered by the side of the road to watch as a prima ballerina in full costume danced alongside traffic on a busy freeway. The dancer was performing a sequence as she filmed an advert on 7th Avenue in Manhattan dressed in a full, lilac tulle tutu and structured bodice.
In the past week, temperatures in New York have soared to 110F but the dancer pirouetted and leapt repeatedly to get the right shot for the Sony ad. Check out the photos from the set along with the remainder of this article here.