Amy Seiwert is putting her own stamp on the holiday staple in her first season as Sacramento Ballet's artistic director. Though it is expected to be a traditional approach to the tale, it will be interesting to see how her contemporary aesthetic—and perspective as a female ballet choreographer—flavor the familiar divertissements. The Sacramento Philharmonic accompanies select performances. Dec. 14–23.
Royal New Zealand Ballet
Outside of the U.S., The Nutcracker is far less closely associated with the holidays. On Oct. 31, Royal New Zealand Ballet began presenting and touring the classic for the first time since 2010. The new production features choreography by Val Caniparoli, who was previously tapped by RNZB artistic director Patricia Barker to create a version for Grand Rapids Ballet in 2014. After a run at its home base of Wellington, the production sets out on an eight-city New Zealand tour concluding Dec. 15.
Afro Flow Yoga is a body-and-soul awakening. Created by dancer-yogini Leslie Salmon-Jones and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Jones, the dance form melds yoga with West African diasporic dance.
The majestic entrance into Sky-Mind Hall, an exquisite 3,000-square foot floor-to-ceiling-windowed studio with breathtaking views of the Playa Guiones along the Pacific Ocean, at Blue Spirit Retreat Center in Nosara, Costa Rica, recently introduced me to the practice.
PNB principal Elizabeth Murphy prepping her shoes. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, courtesy PNB
Preparing pointe shoes is a highly personal process. Each pair requires seemingly contradictory qualities—that they be supportive yet soft, that they be strong yet quiet, that they show off the foot while providing enough structure for balances. So it's no surprise that the quest to get it right is an ongoing experiment.
Three professional ballet dancers shared the secrets of their own prep routines, mistakes and challenges with Dance Magazine.