Photo by Albert Ayzenberg

Unity Phelan and Cassandra Trenary Look Beyond Fierce in This New Campaign

New York City Ballet soloist Unity Phelan and American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary spend every day making their hard work look effortless and graceful both in the studio and onstage. That's exactly what makes them the perfect spokesmodels for the dance-inspired activewear line, Belle Force.


Cassandra Trenary photographed by Adam Houston for Robert Riese Photography.

The designs, which are made in NYC, feature everything from classic black and blush colored leotards with netting tie details to pleated skirts and crop tops that are just as at home outside the studio as they are in it. Given its NYC heritage, Belle Force shot the debut campaign in the city as well as in the studio—they even brought in ABT corps member Betsy McBride and Juilliard student Mikaela Kelly, too.

Cassandra Trenary and Mikaela Kelly photographed by Adam Houston for Robert Riese Photography.

We love how the simplicity of the shoot shows off the dancers' dancing skills and complements the modern designs. Plus, it's pretty cool to see Kelly and Trenary don boxing gloves and pink hand wraps alongside their leotards and tutus.

Unity Phelan photographed by Albert Ayzenberg.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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