These Dance Stars' End-of-Summer Vacation Photos are Giving Us Serious FOMO
We'll admit it: As excited as we are for fall performance season to start, we are in deep, deep denial that the end of summer is in sight. And we're also experiencing some serious FOMO looking at the vacation photos flooding our Instagram feeds from some of our favorite dancers and choreographers. So where in the world do they go to unwind before gifting us with yet another season of incredible dance?
Maria Kowroski showing her inner Anglophile
"Downton Abbey," anyone? New York City Ballet's senior ballerina visited Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England (and showcased her boss arabesque).
Christopher Wheeldon giving us Romeo & Juliet realness in Italy
Christopher Wheeldon and his husband have been on holiday around Italy and Greece, and this shot gives us all the feels.
Gillian Murphy (and Ethan Stiefel) hiking like proper ballet dancers
They're having way too much fun with this.
Sara Mearns serving up perfect beach vibes
Because after spending almost all of your time in the studio, who doesn't need a beach day? #beachgoals
Drew Jacoby exploring Iceland (and leaving us breathless)
The landscapes currently dominating Drew Jacoby's Instagram can almost rival her dance shots for breathtaking beauty.
Lydia Wellington hiking in Greece with some fellow NYCB gals
There's some serious girl power on this hike: NYCB's Lydia Wellington, Miriam Miller, Claire Von Enck and Laine Habony.
Isabella Boylston hanging out in sunny Barcelona
And she's rocking a pretty fabulous outfit, too!
Tiler Peck chilling—on a boat!
We're not sure where the NYCB star is headed, but it looks heavenly to us!
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You know compelling musicality when you see it. But how do you cultivate it? It's not as elusive as it might seem. Musicality, like any facet of dance, can be developed and honed over time—with dedicated, detailed practice. At its most fundamental, it's "respect for the music, that this is your partner," says Kate Linsley, academy principal of the School of Nashville Ballet.
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:
Notable dancer and beloved teacher, Ross Parkes, 79, passed away on August 5, 2019 in New York City. He was a founding faculty member at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, where he taught from 1984 to 2006. Lin Hwai-min, artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theater, said: "He nurtured two generations of dancers in Taiwan, and his legacy will continue."
About his dancing, Tonia Shimin, professor emerita at UC Santa Barbara and producer of Mary Anthony: A Life in Modern Dance, said this: "He was an exquisite, eloquent dancer who inhabited his roles completely."