Posts tagged ‘ballet’

Dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club came to the park and broke the Guinness record for most ballet dancers en pointe for a minute, with 230 dancers successfully completing a simple routine on their toes. The previous record holder was the Youth America Grand Prix 10th Anniversary last April at City […]

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

I posted some ideas and research not too long ago about how to create a Dance Studio Apartment. I’ve recently been doing a lot more reading and research on that subject (including real-estate hunting and tax-implications), and I am hoping to be able to actually pursue that dream and create my own studio in the near […]

What if I could have my own dance studio apartment? I’ve had this idea before – but last night I had a very vivid dream that kick-started my imagination again. I started by doing google searches for apartments with sprung floors, with very little luck – the only one I found was an expensive hotel […]

I was reading some dance forums today, and I happened upon a thread about the (un)importance of the arts. I couldn’t disagree more with those posters commenting that math and science and practical learning are more important than cultivation of the arts and creativity, and luckily I’m not the only one (towards the latter half […]

Lyrical/Standard Fusion

May 9th, 2010

As I was writing the last post about Lyrical, I was also talking to a new friend, who also dances Standard, on Facebook. We were talking about practicing, and I was recounting one of the random ways I practice standard when I have the floor all to myself for an hour before lyrical on Fridays. […]

My interpretation of Lyrical is that it is all about dancing without formal rules, guided by an emotional connection to the music and or the lyrics – so if the piece being danced to doesn’t touch the dancer, then the performance has no basis, no substance, and no authenticity. I must confess, am quickly falling […]

Dear Dance Diary

April 28th, 2010

Dear Diary, I watched Mirko & Edita perform on Saturday night at the 2010 MIT Open, and I was almost in tears more than once. Their dancing was absolutely amazing. I liked their Viennese Waltz the best – and it turns out I was in the smallest minority! Most of the crowd liked their Tango […]

I bought my first pair of Ballet shoes on Monday! Well.. That’s not entirely true. I actually ordered my first pair on Christmas day of last year. After a long backorder period, they eventually arrived, more than two weeks late, and more than two sizes too big. When they said street shoe size, apparently they […]