These New Cole Haan Ads With NYCB Are Giving Us That #FridayFeeling
These New York City Ballet dancers (especially the high-spirited Amar Ramasar) capture exactly how we feel on a summer Friday.
Andrew Eccles via Cole Haan
Yesterday, shoe designer Cole Haan launched their Extraordinary Comes to Life campaign in collaboration with NYCB dancers, including resident choreographer Justin Peck, principal dancers Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild and Amar Ramasar, and corps dancer Gretchen Smith. The three dancer-friendly shoe lines are designed to support an active lifestyle, taking you from street to studio in comfortable and stylish footwear.
Stemming directly from Cole Haan's first Grand franchise, ØriginalGrand, the new campaign introduces the dual-gender GrandEvølution collection, as well as GrandMøtion for men and StudiøGrand for women.
We're all for new fashion lines created with dancers in mind, but we're mostly loving the way the photos and GIFs from the campaign capture the dancers in motion. Check out more photos below:
Megan Fairchild by Andrew Eccles via Cole Haan
Gretchen Smith, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild by Andrew Eccles via Cole Haan
Justin Peck by Andrew Eccles via Cole Haan
Sara Mearns and Justin Peck by Andrew Eccles via Cole Haan
What happens during a performance is the product of the painstaking process of realizing an artistic vision. Whether held beforehand, afterward, offsite or online, audience discussions tend not to be so preordained, easily thrown off track without a skilled moderator at the helm.
"I'm someone who dreaded talkbacks and Q&As," admits Bill Bragin, former director of public programming at Lincoln Center. "While I was in New York, a lot of the time it was just audience members trying to show off how smart they were."
These events present a pile of difficult questions: How much do you reveal about a piece before it's shown? How can a conversation designed to hit key points feel casual and spontaneous? How do you cater to the needs of diverse attendees, from novice dancegoers to lifelong fans to scholars and critics? And how do you avoid smothering dance with language, flattening all its complexity?
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
I dance to encourage others. The longer I dance, the more I see that much of my real work is to speak life-giving words to my fellow artists. This is a multidimensionally grueling profession. I count it a privilege to remind my colleagues of how they are bringing beauty into the world through their craft. I recently noticed significant artistic growth in a fellow dancer, and when I verbalized what I saw, he beamed. The impact of positive feedback is deeper than we realize.