Shout-Out to the Real Superheroes: #BallerinaMoms
In our eyes, being a dancer is remarkable. Add motherhood to the mix, and you're practically a superhero.
We salute all the incredible women who have two of the hardest—and most rewarding—jobs around. Here are just a few of our favorite #ballerinamom moments. (And don't say we didn't warn you: Prepare for full-on cute overload.)
Partnering while pregnant? No problem.
Colorado Ballet's Dana Benton was still at it when she was 39 weeks pregnant. Yup, we're impressed.
Houston Ballet's youngest dancer
Just three weeks after the birth of her daughter, Houston Ballet's Karina González was back in the studio with a special someone in tow.
Built-in workout inspiration
At the National Ballet of Canada, Jurgita Dronina and her son squeezed in a round of push-ups before she took barre and he built Lego.
Like mother, like daughter
We're not saying that dancers' kids should grow up to be dancers, but it's pretty adorable when they pick up a few steps. Recently, the daughter of Pacific Northwest Ballet's Sarah Ricard Orza and Seth Orza made a dining table her stage. We're here for it.
The mother of all #ballerinamoms: Ashley Bouder
Ashley Bouder even has a separate account for her daughter, Violet Storm, so choosing just one Bouder/Violet moment is tough. (We're still amazed by the video of Bouder's insane string of fouettés, perfectly executed when she was nine months pregnant.) This clip of Violet and Mom's matching swan arms is enough to melt your heart.
Need a stand-in for rehearsal?
These days, it seems like dancers are mastering iconic roles younger than ever. At Charlotte Ballet, Alessandra James' son has already pulled off Apollo.
She got it from her momma
We see a future in aquatic ballet for this mother-daughter duo featuring European-based contemporary ballet star Drew Jacoby. Click through for video.
Two words: backstage access
An exclusive view of pre-performance company class? "Been there, done that," says Koan, son of Pacific Northwest Ballet's Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz.
And this list wouldn't be complete without a shout-out to the ballerina-moms-to-be.
Social media has made the dance world a lot smaller, giving users instant access to artists and companies around the world. For aspiring pros, platforms like Instagram can offer a tantalizing glimpse into the life of a working performer. But there's a fine line between taking advantage of what social media can offer and relying too heavily on it.
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.