Editor’s note: A special thanks to The Ballet Bag (@theballetbag) for tracking down Damien Johnson and conducting DancePulp’s ongoing 20 question interview with him. In The Ballet Bag’s previous guest post, they discuss ballet’s crossover to other artforms, particularly pop music. Damien Johnson is a dancer with Ballet Black in…
I recently spent 2 weeks at in Antwerp, Belgium. I was visiting 2 very good friends of mine, Garrett and Courtney Anderson, dancers with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. I got to spend some time taking class and watching the company rehearse and perform. Artistic director Kathryn Bennetts is well known among the dance community and she is a very active advocate for dance. It was amazing to see how involved she actually was with her dancers, making sure to teach class and be in the studio coaching as much as possible. The dancers seemed inspired and hard-working, and the over-all working environment seemed positive.
1. What is your breakfast of choice?
“Gas-house eggs’ also known as ‘eggs in a hole.’ Bite a hole out of a piece of bread, drop an egg in, and fry over butter. Two every morning.”
2. What is your pre-performance ritual?
“Always allow for a process that slows your mind down while speeds your body up. Whether it be company class or your own personal warm up. Know that you will always give yourself the routine that puts you in the right, peaceful, but engaged, place. This will help dispel nervousness as well as let you reach a more intuitive place with your performance.”
Editor’s note: DancePulp welcomes The Ballet Bag! Here is Emilia and Linda’s first guest post. More guest posts from The Ballet Bag and others to come. A few months ago ballet and Twitter appeared together in the same front page article in the New York Times. Entitled ‘Ballet Stars Now Tweet…
Dutch National Ballet Artistic Director Ted Brandsen talks about the company’s unique style and repertoire, the importance of giving dancers individual attention and creating a positive company environment.
As promised, here is Part 2 of my Ballet-Inspired Fashion post. As I said, it can be done well, or not. Here are my picks for the ugliest in ballet fashion. View The Best & Worst of Ballet-Inspired Fashion: Part 1 here. .
Ballet has always made its mark on the fashion world. Ballerina flats, flowing gowns, soft wrap-up sweaters, lace up pumps, and tutu-like skirts are seen on runways, magazines, the red carpet, and even pop music videos. It can be done well…or not. Choreographers and fashion designers have been teaming up…
Discovering Contemporary Dance Season 1: Episode 24 | 16:21 Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancer Harumi Terayama talks about how her experiences at Juilliard and opened her eyes to the world of contemporary dance, compares dance in the U.S. and Japan, and describes the challenges of working at Cedar Lake.
A Healthy Perspective on Being a Dancer Season 1: Episode 23 | 19:27 American Ballet Theatre dancer Daniil Simkin talks about his private training with his mother, how coming from a ballet family has affected his career, and the importance of work-life balance as a professional ballet dancer.