Sorry Dancers, But We Love When You Get Stuck in Airports
Getting stuck at the airport is the worst, but we're not gonna lie: When it happens to dance companies and they make videos of themselves dancing through their flight delays, it's kind of our favorite thing. Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ingrid Silva took to Instagram last night to document what happened when the company got stuck at the airport on their way home from sharing the stage with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. And it was amazing.
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Favorite thing: ballet master Keith Saunders' port de bras (and general bemusement).
Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen dancers get creative during their layovers. Remember last year, when members of Beijing Dance Theater had some time to kill?
Or when State Street Ballet decided to do barre at Denver International Airport?
Happy Monday, everybody.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
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.
Chiara Valle is just one of many dancers heading back to the studio this fall as companies ramp up for the season. But her journey back has been far more difficult than most.
Valle has been a trainee at The Washington Ballet since 2016, starting at the same time as artistic director Julie Kent. But only a few months into her first season there, she started experiencing excruciating pain high up in her femur. "It felt like someone was stabbing me 24/7," she says. Sometimes at night, the pain got so bad that her roommates would bring her dinner to the bathtub.