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  • Sightings! YAGP Competition

    Check out this awesome video, courtesy of CBS news! They recently interviewed four young dancers competing in the Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York. And, at approximately 2:57 seconds into the segment, you'll notice one of the dancers wearing our Vamp leotard! :) This is truly an inspiring video segment, one that is sure to delight both competitive - and non competitive - dancers alike!

  • Behind the Scenes with Lindsi Dec (Pointe Magazine Cover Shoot)

    pointe_lindsi_decHere's a fun "behind the scenes" look at Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist, Lindsi Dec's photo shoot video with Pointe Magazine!

    In the shoot, Lindsi is wearing two ensembles; the first is Class Act Tutu’s V Neck Tutu Bodice (in wine) and Classical Tutu skirt in Wine/Black

    The other one (as featured on p 10 of Pointe) is Vala Dancewear’s “Siren” in one of the new fabrics/colors we are testing (consider this a sneak peek!!!), along with Class Act Tutu’s Layered Romantic Tutu in our 5-Layer “Bird of Paradise” palette.

    If you want to own one of these georgeous tutus worn by Lindsi in the Pointe Photo shoot, they are in our Sample Sale!

    Not your size? No problem! Just contact us.

  • Book Review: Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear

    jack6.000x9.000.inddOkay, ballet fans - be honest. How awesome would it be to spend an entire year exploring the inner-workings of one of the world's most celebrated ballet companies?

    Just think: You would observe countess rehearsals, exhilarating performances, daily classes, nerve-wracking auditions and necessary board meetings. You would get to know the dancers and their artistic director, the stage hands, lighting directors, costume designers, marketers, fundraisers - even catch a glimpse of a few dance moms and their children.

    Every question would be answered. Every rumor laid to rest. Absolutely no one (and nothing) would be off limits! It would be a dream come true, right?

    Well, give yourself a good pinch because trust me - you're awake and your wish has been granted! In his newest book, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear, best-selling author, Stephen Manes pulls back the gilded stage curtain and shares what it was like to spend a year with Seattle's own Pacific Northwest Ballet.

    Four years in the making, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear isn’t just another textbook-ish tome; it instead reveals just how ballets are produced, marketed, and funded. In short, this beefy book – with all of its juicy gossip and first-hand dancer accounts – boldly goes where no balletomane has gone before!

    Through Manes’ watchful eye, you’ll discover many facets and secrets of the Land of Ballet such as: What it takes to keep the holiday cash-cow known as Nutcracker running year after (endless) year; how the company survived its most tumultuous, injury plagued and downright stressful staging of Roméo et Juliette; the harsh reality of “body is destiny”, and just how much a dancer will (can?) put up with - physically and emotionally - before calling it quits.

    You will be a fly on the wall during artistic director, Peter Boal’s most difficult decisions and discover why he and others in his position must be “willing to be hated”. You’re there as members of the “Who’s Who in Choreography” (Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Jaime Martinez, and Bernice Coppieters), give corrections and guidance for proper staging of their work. You’ll also witness the drama that surrounds a dancer's life - the fiery contentions, the painful jealousies and cherished friendships.

    Also revealed are the accounts from Pacific Northwest Ballet School students, as well as those from the oftentimes unsung "heroes of the pit" - orchestra pit, that is.

    Now although PNB is certainly at the book’s center, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear is by no means exclusive to the Seattle crowd. In fact, this literary work of art (not exaggerating!) could have just as easily been written about any other top ballet company, from New York to London. Because no matter how you slice it, a dancer’s needs, desires, fears and frustrations are the same.

    Quite honestly, I cannot say enough great things about this book. Its exciting and insanely in-depth coverage of "life on the inside" is exactly what tired, musty-dusty dance library shelves have been craving for years! Stephen Manes has done an excellent job at conveying all the intricacies of a ballet company's success, without sacrificing a single note from the chorus of countless artistic voices behind it. (Bravo!)

    From union mandates to marketing strategies, to painful injuries to exhausting perfectionism, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear leaves no stone left unturned and is an absolute must for the die-hard ballet fan!

    To read excerpts (Come on, you know you're dying to!) and to purchase a copy of the book in either hardcover or digital format, please visit Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear.com

  • Stunning Collection of Dance Photos from the 20's - 90's

    dancephotocollectionnytimesCheck out this outstanding collection of black and white dance photos from the 1920's through the 90's, courtesy of The New York Times!

  • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's Bernice Coppieters Tackles Role of Instructor

    Bernice Coppieters in Roméo et Juliette. Photo courtesy: The Prague Post, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

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    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.

  • New Reality Show Goes Behind the Scenes with Miami City Ballet

    enpointe There's a new dance reality TV show in the works, one that will take viewers behind the scenes of the America's top ballet companies and showcase dancers both on and off the stage. En Pointe will showcase Miami City Ballet during its premiere episode this fall.

    To learn more about En Pointe and to stay informed about upcoming air dates/times, visit their Facebook page . (While you're there, be sure to check out the neat behind the scenes photos while on the set at Miami City Ballet!)

  • Black Swan Makeup Tutorial

    Re-create Natalie Portman's Black Swan look at home with the help of this incredible video tutorial! Videographer, Michelle Phan offers valuable tips and suggestions {along with a list of preferred cosmetics} to transform yourself from a fresh-faced Odette to an Oscar-worthy Odile in minutes!

  • A Whimsical Dye Job

    cjdldesignHave you ever wondered how much work goes into creating the perfect costume? Then check out this fun article on the eWhim blog, home of the Whim W'him Dance Company.  It chronicles Christine Joly de Lotbiniere - one of Seattle's favorite costume designers - and the dyeing process she used on the men's costumes for 'Cylindrical Shadows'. “Choosing colors can be a difficult task, it relies as much on visual processing skills as it does on personal artistic license. So much is based on appearance . . . think of color in food, how it is often used to determine the ripeness of fruit and is one of the most visible characteristics of raw and/or cured meats. I find that in costume design work, color choice and particularly chromatic contrasts is the fundamental thing that drives attention." Read this fabulous post in its entirety here.

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