15 Things That Real Dancers Know
On Monday, The Huffington Post’s teen site released an article outlining 21 things dance kids want their friends to know. I hate to break it to you, HuffPo, but cute as your list is, you’ve missed the mark slightly. (Ahem…lyrical? What is this, 1995?)
Here are 15 things that REAL dancers know:
1. Our bunions are worse than your grandmother’s. And when normal people say their feet hurt from wearing heels, we laugh.
(Photo by Troy Schumacher, via The Performance Club.)
2. We're never completely happy watching figure skating, because we're always too busy shouting "Straighten your leg!" at our TVs.
We love you, Ashley Wagner, but this picture hurts our hearts.
(Photo by Koki Nagahama, via Yahoo! Sports)
3. We look like bag ladies. But, yes, we really do need three pairs of shoes, two leotards, tights, shorts, Band Aids, tennis balls, hair supplies, sewing kits, scissors, legwarmers, makeup and snacks with us at all times.
Miami City Ballet principal Tricia Albertson carries all this in her bag.
Photo by Rachel Papo, courtesy of Pointe.
4. Those super-tight buns we demanded as children are coming back to bite us in the buns—or shall we say, the receded-behind-the-ear hair-lines.
"It's not tight enough!" "Mom! I said no bumps!"
5. Since we're used to busy dressing rooms, we're unashamed to strip down in front of pretty much anyone.
New York City Ballet principals Teresa Reichlen, Tiler Peck, Ana Sophia Scheller and Rebecca Krohn in their dressing room.
(Photo by Henry Leutwyler, via NY Daily News.)
6. The best clothing purchases can be worn in and out of the studio.
The fashion inside a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago rehearsal with Alejandro Cerrudo.
(Photo ©Todd Rosenberg Photography, Courtesy HSDC.)
7. We sew everything like we would a pointe shoe ribbon—and we know that dental floss is the king of all threads.
(via Real Simple)
8. Our Netflix queue looks like this:
9. We've tried every bar in this aisle at Whole Foods.
10. We go nuts when we hear music from The Nutcracker over the mall loudspeakers.
The only appropriate setting for the "Trepak" music.
(Daniel Ulbricht in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Paul Kolnik.)
11. We inevitiably start the season with 1,000 bobby pins and end it with five. Why? Because we have at least one of them in every pocket we own.
12. Our idea of a perfect night is having friends over to gossip, stretch and roll out.
A non-crazy Nina Sayers would have friends with her...
13. The line at the supermarket is an acceptable place to stretch—or when no one is looking, bust a move.
14. A sweaty yoga class is our preferred method of relaxation.
(Photo by Philippe Teston)
15. We regularly penchée to pick things up and grand jeté over puddles. Can't stop, won't stop.
(Photo by Jordan Matter)
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: