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.
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World famous footwear designer, Christian Louboutin has snagged the spotlight once again, this time for creating a pair of shoes only a dancer could wear – and perhaps love. These one of a kind pointe shoe stilettos were recently commissioned for a silent auction benefitting the English National Ballet.
Encrusted with dozens of glittering Swarovski crystals and perched atop a staggering 8 inch heel, the shoes are the tallest stilettos ever made! Read more about this high-fashion traipse through the dance world here.
We knew it was only a matter of time….! The first app featuring modern dance for both the iPhone and iPad is available now through iTunes. This free app was created by choreographer, Richard Daniels and showcases the talents of Carmen de Lavallade, Deborah Jowitt, Regina Larkin, Christine Redpath and Megan Williams. “Dances for an iPhone” is a revolutionary concept that introduces the first purely cultural category of App, according to Mr. Daniels.” ~ quote Elitedance.com You can read all about this technological feat (feet?) here. To download the app, click here.
“One, two, three…UP!,” an announcer told the group. For next one minute, a silenced crowd watched as the group, made up of mostly girls and women, with a few guys sprinkled in, kept their legs moving to sustain balance.” – Orlando Sentinel Check out the video clip, folks! It’s awesome!
We think this photo says it all, don’t you? Congratulations, you two crazy love birds!
A total of 1,359 ballet dancers invaded the State Library of Queensland to challenge the Guinness World Record for the largest ballet class! The previous record was set in Hannover, Germany by 1,055 dancers. The event was organized by Queensland Ballet Company and is awaiting official verification from the “powers that be”. But take a look at the photos – they are quite impressive!
Read all about this incredible feat here.
With all the hubbub surrounding Pacific Northwest Ballet’s upcoming production of Giselle, we found this next story extremely apropos! Check this out…
“It took more than a hundred years, but “America’s first ballerina” now has a gravestone. A ceremony was held today at Laurel Hill Cemetery, in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, honoring Mary Ann Lee. Her legacy dances on today, but not too many people know who Mary Ann Lee was, or the important role she had in the arts dating back to the 1840s. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, performed as a ballerina in Paris, and brought three ballets to America — the most famous being “Giselle.” Click here to read the remainder of the article. To learn more about Mary Ann Lee, click here.
Congratulations, Larissa! What an exciting honor! And YES we most certainly agree that the title of “Ballet Master” sounds deliciously powerful indeed! Read all about Ponomarenko’s new job title here.