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:

 

 

 

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That's when you need a dance party—even it's for a party of one.

With its latest digital release, Houston Ballet tapped into our stir-crazy desperation and turned it into a celebration for 61 dancers shaking it in everything from PJs to formal gowns. Rehearsed entirely on Zoom and with choreography by artistic director Stanton Welch, "Dancing With Myself," set to the Billy Idol classic, is the #IFeelSeen moment dancers need right about now.