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  • Elizabeth Murphy Joins Pacific Northwest Ballet

    elizabethmurphyLast month, Pacific Northwest Ballet announced its newest company members for the 2011-12 season. Elizabeth Murphy of Massachusetts, was one of the chosen few.

    In this article, Murphy talks about her start in ballet and how she keeps herself in top shape to keep up with the demands of her blossoming career. Read all about it here.

  • If You Thought Pointe Shoes Were Tall Enough Already, Think Again!

    balletstilettosWorld 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.

  • Modern Dance - "...there's an app for that!"

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    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.

  • ABT's Med Team Keeps Dancers Balanced

    Julie Daugherty working on Melanie Hamrick. Photo by Susie Morgan

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    "Dance medicine is a relatively new field, pioneered by those who dared to understand the art form, to unravel its idiosyncratic aesthetics and its effects on the human body."

    As every dancer knows, keeping your body - or rather, your instrument - in top shape and injury-free requires more than attending daily class. Read how ABT is keeping its dancers in top condition with help from its highly trained medical staff...

  • ...and Another Ballet Record is Broken!

    Photo credit: Jon Budeker / Orlando Sentinel

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    On Sunday, 245 dancers broke last year's world record for the most dancers en pointe! Last year, 230 dancers made headlines in New York's Central Park; this year's attempt took place at Florida's Orange County Convention Center.

    "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! ;)

  • Wedding Bells for Ethan Stiefel & Gillian Murphy

    Photo credit: James Whitehill

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    Okay, ladies...get ready to swoon! During American Ballet Theatre's gala this past Monday evening, Ethan Stiefel got down on bended knee and proposed to his long-time lady love, Gillian Murphy! {Psst... she said YES!}

    We think this photo says it all, don't you? ;) Congratulations, you two crazy love birds!

  • Bunheads Shatter World Record

    balletclassrecordA 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.

  • Ceremony Honors America's First "Giselle"

    lee-mary-ann-headstone-mcdevWith 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. :)

  • From Ballerina to Ballet Master

    Roman Rykine and Larissa Ponomarenko in George Balanchine's "Diamonds" (Gene Schiavone/The George Balachine Trust)

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    "Principal dancer and icon Larissa Ponomarenko is retiring from the stage after 18 years with the company. In her new role as Ballet Master (sounds powerful, doesn’t it?) she will have the chance to channel her knowledge and grace to the next generation of dancers — through teaching, coaching and assisting with the production of upcoming performances." (....)

    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.

  • Checking In with ABT's Kelley Boyd

    Kelley Boyd / American Ballet Theatre

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    Very few people can claim to report to work as a ballerina. But Kelley Boyd can... Check out this fun albeit brief encounter with one of ABT's rising stars! (You can listen to the audio or read the transcript - your choice!) :)

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