We Just Realized These Three International Ballet Stars Share a Birthday, and We're Shook
Natalia Osipova, Margot Fonteyn and David Hallberg share more than just sterling international ballet careers. Photos by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT; Courtesy DM Archives; Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT
There's got to be something about May 18—maybe the Ballet Gods celebrate some forgotten holiday that causes them to be particularly generous. Because how else do you explain that no less than three international ballet stars all share a birthday on, you guessed it, May 18?
Maybe today should be a ballet holiday in their honor, but, regardless, we're celebrating with clips from some of their signature roles:
Dame Margot Fonteyn, who at one point in her career at The Royal Ballet was reportedly more of a household name in the United Kingdom than the prime minister, would have been 99 years old today.
The American Ballet Theatre/Bolshoi Ballet principal is back in action and better than ever,and today he's celebrating his 36th birthday with a performance of Giselle for ABT's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. His partner, funnily enough, is also celebrating today...
She's only 32, but Osipova has already been a principal dancer at the Bolshoi, the Mikhailovsky and, currently, The Royal Ballet. She's guesting with ABT this spring specifically to reunite with Hallberg, with whom she shares an iconic, if unfortunately intermittent, partnership.
Join us in wishing all three a Happy Birthday, and a hearty merde to Osipova and Hallberg on their Giselle this evening!
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.