9 Can't-Miss Cyber Monday Dancewear Deals
Heading back to the studio after the food-filled relaxation of Turkey Day weekend is always tough. Thank goodness, then, that Cyber Monday is here to make heading back to class feel just the slightest bit more bearable, with steeply discounted prices on all your favorite dancewear brands. That's why we've rounded up nine of the best Monday-only sales, just for you and your favorite dancers. Happy shopping!
Apolla Performance Wear
Spend $50 or more on apollaperformance.com today, and you'll get free shipping to your U.S. mailing address. (International customers ordering more than $50 of merchandise will get a $5.95 credit applied to their cart at checkout.)
Abigail Mentzer Designs
AMD has a terrific trifecta of special offers for today only: Free shipping on all domestic orders, 15% off your next order placed between January 1 and March 31, 2019, and a free AMD water bottle when you purchase the "Phoenix" or "Starlet" (shown above) three-skirt gift set.
Everything on danskin.com (with the exception of the new Jenna Dewan collection and any items already marked Final Sale) can be yours at 50% off with coupon code CYBERWOW. Spending more than $100? You'll net an extra 10% off.
With different levels of discounts across joandjax.com, you're sure to end up with a cart full of pleasant surprises. Ready, set, go!
Discount Dance Supply
Hurry up and snag your free makeup palette with a $45 purchase from discountdance.com while supplies last. You'll get free shipping in the bargain—and a free leotard when you buy two from select styles.
Now through December 1, use code HANAMI when purchasing a pair of Hanami shoes, and you'll get a free pair of tights. "Perfect pairing" much?
In addition to certain items being half off their original price, you can get free shipping on orders over $50 when you use coupon code CYBER18. No excuse not to stock up!
This one's a simple, sweet deal: Basically half off anything on soffe.com! Soffe's billing this as their biggest sale of the year, so don't hesitate if you were planning to load up on classroom basics.
It's rare to find a sale on custom-fit items, but that's the beauty of Cyber Monday! Today, get 20% off former New York City Ballet dancer Ellen Warren's leotards, briefs, and calf warmers using code SMALLBIZ.
In the middle of one of New York City Center's cavernous studios, Misty Copeland takes a measured step backwards. The suggestion of a swan arm ripples before she turns downstage, chest and shoulders unfurling as her legs stretch into an open lunge. She piqués onto pointe, arms echoing the sinuous curve of her back attitude, then walks out of it, pausing to warily look over her shoulder. As the droning of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto's mysterious "Attack/Transition" grows more insistent, her feet start to fly with a rapidity that seems to almost startle her.
And then she stops mid-phrase. Copeland's hands fall to her hips as she apologizes. Choreographer Kyle Abraham slides to the sound system to pause the music, giving Copeland a moment to remind herself of a recent change to the sequence.
"It's different when the sound's on!" he reassures her. "And it's a lot of changes."
The day before was the first time Abraham had seen Copeland dance the solo in its entirety, and the first moment they were in the studio together in a month. This is their last rehearsal, save for tech, before the premiere of Ash exactly one week later, as part of the opening night of City Center's Fall for Dance festival.
Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.
"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."
Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.
Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:
Dancers are understandably obsessed with food. In both an aesthetic and athletic profession, you know you're judged on your body shape, but you need proper fuel to perform your best. Meanwhile, you're inundated with questionable diet advice.
"My 'favorite' was the ABC diet," says registered dietitian nutritionist Kristin Koskinen, who trained in dance seriously but was convinced her body type wouldn't allow her to pursue it professionally. "On the first day you eat only foods starting with the letter A, on the second day only B, and so on."
"The show must go on" may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet's longstanding partner who sprang into action to build new floors in record time.