8 Reasons Why Gillian Murphy Will Be the Coolest Mom
Congratulations are in order for American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy and her husband, former ABT dancer Ethan Stiefel, who are expecting their first child next June!
Murphy announced her pregnancy today on Instagram:
She will not be dancing in the company's upcoming tour or the 2019 Metropolitan Opera House season, but plans to return to the stage next fall.
We have no doubt that Murphy will be the ultimate cool mom. Here's why:
She's a great teacher and coach.
Coaching Nutcracker can't be too different from parenting, right?
She's not afraid of an adventure.
Baby Murfel has some epic trips to look forward to.
She always looks on the bright side.
That optimism will definitely come in handy as a new parent.
She's already an experienced Aunt.
Teaching your nephew to fish dive makes you a cool aunt, we think.
She has the sweetest BFF.
We can only imagine what an amazing aunt/Godmother fellow ABT principal Stella Abrera will be.
She's an Ivy Leaguer.
Well, kinda. Murphy is participating in the first-ever Harvard Business School Crossover Into Business program, along with some of her ABT colleagues.
And a movie star.
Okay, Dad may have had a slightly bigger role in Center Stage, but let us not forget Murphy's brief appearance in the classic dance film.
And, of course, one of the fiercest performers we know.
That control, though.
Congrats, Gillian and Ethan!
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:
We knew that Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's production of West Side Story would challenge our preconceived notions about the show.
But a recent Vogue story gives us a taste of just how nontraditional the Broadway revival will be. Most notably, van Hove is cutting "I Feel Pretty" and the "Somewhere" ballet, condensing the show into one act to better reflect the urgency of the 48-hour plot. (The choice has been approved by the West Side Story estate, including Sondheim, who has "long been uncomfortable" with some of the "I Feel Pretty" lyrics.)
"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.