David Hallberg's Latest Role? Author
Let's recap David Hallberg's very busy May, shall we? Last week, we announced the American Ballet Theatre principal as our June cover star.
On Monday, he starred as Prince Coffee in the New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream.
And today, news broke that he's written a memoir.
This. Man. Is. On. Fiyah.
His memoir, titled A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, will be released November 7 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. According to a statement from his publishers, Hallberg has written about everything from his pre-ABT days to his early New York fame, his acclaim at the Bolshoi Ballet, his devastating injury and—the cherry on top—his triumphant return to dance.
Though The New York Times reported that Hallberg began writing about his life when he joined the Bolshoi several years ago, clearly, much his happened since then. "The ensuing struggle to find myself again, as an artist and a person, to not give up after two and a half years of complications, is what the book is really about," he told theTimes.
We want to know everything. But until then, you can get a taste of Hallberg's path in our feature story, including details about his rigorous recovery journey at The Australian Ballet, where he recouped his ankle. Hallberg seems busy these days—but, boy, are we glad.
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, "it was my heart's desire to create change in the world," he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer.
Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn't identify strongly with any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?
Inside a bustling television studio in Los Angeles, Lindsay Arnold Cusick hears the words "Five minutes to showtime." While dancers and celebrities covered head to toe in sequins whirl around preparing for their live performances on "Dancing with the Stars," Cusick pauses to say a prayer to God and express her gratitude.
"I know that it's not a given, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to do what I love for a living," says Cusick, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For her, prayer is a ritualized expression of her faith that she has maintained since she was a girl in Provo, Utah. Even with her seven-plus years of industry experience, she always takes a moment to steady herself and close her prayer in Christ's name before rushing onto the stage.