Principal dancer Jenifer Ringer also retired from NYCB this season. Photo by Eduardo Patino. Another one of my favorite dance photos of all time! I have this page ripped out from Pointe Magazine and framed at home.
Click for an excerpt of ABT soloist’s new book.
Lefevre will retire on October 31, and former NYCB principal Benjamin Millepied will take over as director. More details on Lefevre’s last program here.
The ballet dancer, and her husband, David Michalek are longtime residents of the Upper West Side.
While I was in London and Paris, there were large advertisements in the Tube and Metro stations for dance performances. I saw a huge poster of Sarah Lamb for the Royal Ballet in the London tube, and there were ads for more than 3 different dance performances in the Paris metro.
Why doesn’t dance have that kind of advertising power/support in New York? Even when I was in Taipei I saw an ad for American Ballet Theatre on tour!! Is it a matter of budget…? Government and/or city support…? Cultural tastes?
I’d much rather look at a poster of a dance show than those Venmo ads >:[
Nicole Graniero, Sterling Hyltin and Luciana Paris in “The Ladies Room,” as part of Tom Gold Dance.
RIP Ivan Nagy. Shown here with Natalia Makarova in Swan Lake.
Yesterday morning I shared the barre with ABT principal Cory Stearns. He’s so tall that even when he was standing several feet behind me at the barre, he could still see his entire head above mine in the mirror, lol. I saw him perform Onegin with Irina Dvorovenko the week that Irina retired.
Next door while I was waiting for class to start, I spied Marcelo Gomes. The ABT dancers must be back from door and on a slight break until their season starts!
Say what you want about Natalia Osipova, but she can JUMP.
Photo: Nikolai Krusser
Eeeeee! Irina Dvorovenko is finally on Instagram!!! Follow her: irinamaxemma
I was in London for less than 12 hours, and of course when I was there I HAD to stop by the mothership Freed store in London on St. Martin’s Lane near Covent Garden. This was my second time there.
Having been a Grishko fan for years, I’ve only been wearing Freed’s for less than a year, and still trying to find a good maker that I like.
I’ve tried the following makers so far in the “Classic” model:
D: the first pair that I got fitted for in London. D maker is way too light! I know I don’t have the best feet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like support.
Q: Ordered shoes online and happened to get Q. Good for boxier, square feet. Unfortunately, a little TOO square for me and my longer second toe. My feet always get cramped after a few minutes. Big platform if you like balancing. Inconsistent maker as well, some of the shoes had crooked soles and I couldn’t dance in them because it pulls you off of your balance. So from two pairs of Q, I managed to put together one good pair, one shoe from each set.
Wine glass: Bought these in NY. Really beautiful tapered shape that is really distinct and has a longer vamp and smaller platform. I can turn for forever in these shoes. With the longer vamp/box though, I don’t roll-through my feet as well. The glue is also a bit lighter. One of the newer makers.
B: Up until now, I thought these were the perfect shoes for me! The glue is a bit stronger in the sole so they last a little bit longer. They were the perfect box shape. When I got to London, I was hoping they would have more B maker. But apparently, B maker became heart maker! So I tried on both B and heart and they were both too narrow.
Fish: …so I walked away with Fish maker! Which I had previously tried on in NY, and thought it was too narrow, but now they fit perfectly like B’s did? So strange. You think you find a maker you like, and then their other shoes don’t fit, or it’s out of stock, so you have to keep trying makers.
One thing that’s really impressive about Freed in London is that if you’re a student or a dancer at the local schools, they really, really customize your shoes. I heard the woman talking on the phone putting in a very specific order and instructing the factory on exactly where to put more glue. A principal dancer from Royal Ballet was also in (who was kind of haughty), and they told her they would go to the factory the next day and instruct the makers to open up the vamps more for her to be more rounded and less v-shaped.
Anyways, I guess it’s just the luck of the draw and what’s in stock. In London I also got to try on maltese cross (which NY kept complaining that there’s no way they’d get them) and anchor.