ICYMI: The Daniil Simkin/Cassandra Trenary Video We Can't Stop Watching

November 6, 2016

If you don’t already have major dance crushes on American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin and Cassandra Trenary, that’s about to change.

As you may have heard, Deborah Ory and Ken Browar, the husband-wife duo behind NYC Dance Project, have released a photography book. THE ART OF MOVEMENT features dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Royal Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company…okay, a lot of gorgeous dancers, plus quotes from the dancers, artistic directors and choreographers (It’s pretty much the ultimate #MondayMotivation, and we’re giving away a free copy!). To celebrate its release, last week they published a short dance video featuring—you guessed it—Simkin and Trenary, showing off their gorgeous lines while hinting at the qualities that make both of them such alluring movers.

Because it wouldn’t be a Daniil Simkin video without some effortless-looking pirouettes, let’s start there:

And of course, there’s this very, very necessary shot of Trenary’s to-die-for feet:

(We can’t guarantee arches like hers, but we do know a lot about working for your dream dancer feet.)

Where this video crosses the line to purely magical is in the way it lingers over details. You don’t just see Trenary’s ear-brushing extension—you also see her upper body reacting to the movement, flowing through a bit of improvised port de bras that seems to shiver from the inside out.

We love the care with which they handle each other once they begin dancing together—we’ve been fond of this pairing since we followed Simkin to rehearsals for his INTENSIO project last year, so this whole thing is really just a massive treat.

Check out the full video below, and be sure to enter our giveaway to win a free copy of the book—if this didn’t whet your appetite for it, nothing will.


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