Sara Mearns Shares Design Details on Her Collaboration With Só Dança
Photo by Sarah Silver, courtesy Só Dança
It makes perfect sense that Só Dança would team up with New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns for a brand new collection—after all, she spends most of her day in a leotard and tights. "I love the materials and quality of Só Dança's products, so when they asked if I was interested in designing my own, I immediately said 'yes'," Mearns says.
Between her performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with NYCB and rehearsals for Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes, Mearns is spending her downtime researching materials and designing leotards and warm-ups. "The hardest part is narrowing down what is necessary—what's just fashionable and what's truly needed," she says. "I am going for durability, performing enhancement and warmth over fashion right now. I of course want the product to look good, but that's not my main objective with these particular warm-up designs," she says.
Her first challenge? The perfect pair of leg warmers. "My inspiration came from something I bought in Japan 12 years ago and its always been in the back of my head that I would one day create my design," she says. "I haven't seen a product like this ever, and that's what really excites me. I don't want to give it away until it comes out, but I knew I wanted to include this certain material element—let's just say, they are like puffy coats for your calves!"
As for the rest of Mearns' collection, she's been blending input from her fellow dancers with her own personal taste. "I have to say, I sort of stick to the same style. When I have six to eight leotards that I love, I usually just keep rotating those," she explains, noting her style is more clean cut and classic.
Devon Teuscher performing the titular role in Jane Eyre. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT
Story ballets that debut during American Ballet Theatre's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House are always the subject of much curiosity—and, sometimes, much debate. Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre was no different. The ballet follows the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brönte's novel as she grows from a willful orphan to a self-possessed governess, charting her romance with the haughty Mr. Rochester and the social forces that threaten to tear them apart.
While the ballet was warmly received in the UK when Northern Ballet premiered it in 2016, its reception from New York City–based critics has been far less welcoming. A group of editors from Dance Magazine and two of our sister publications, Dance Spirit and Pointe, sat down to discuss our own reactions.