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Art on the Ice

This morning on "Today," NBC's Olympic correspondent Mary Carillo went behind-the-scenes at the Bolshoi to get the supposed "inside scoop" on Russian figure skaters' secret weapon: ballet training. Of course, this comes as little surprise to dancers—since there are some skater-turned-ballet pros, like San Francisco Ballet's Jennifer Stahl—or American figure skaters (ahem, Carson Daly, they dance, too). But we relish anytime pointe shoes and Tchaikovsky make appearances on TV. Highlights of the segment include peeking inside a Mariinsky rehearsal with the ever-gorgeous American Keenan Kampa, plus a shot of ice skaters working at the barre—in sneakers.  Watch the segment here:

 

 

 

The Conversation
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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I'd been a professional dancer for five years when I realized the pain I'd been feeling in my hip and down my sciatic nerve was not going away. I had been treating it for two years as we dancers do—with regular visits to my masseuse, physical therapy, baths, ice and lots of Aleve—but I never stopped dancing. It finally dawned on me that if I kept going at the speed I was going (which was, well, speedy), the pain would only get more severe and unrelenting, and I might never dance again.

I told myself I'd take two months off, and all would be better.

That first morning when I woke up at 10 am, I had no idea what to do with myself. My life until that moment had been dictated by class and rehearsal, every hour accounted for. How should I fill the huge swath of time ahead of me?

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