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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It's a cycle familiar to many: First, a striking image of a lithe, impossibly fit dancer executing a gravity-defying développé catches your eye on Instagram. You pause your scrolling to marvel, over and over again, at her textbook physique.
Inevitably, you take a moment to consider your own body, in comparison. Doubt and negative self-talk first creep, and then flood, in. "I'll never look like that," the voice inside your head whispers. You continue scrolling, but the image has done its dirty work—a gnawing sensation has taken hold, continually reminding you that your own body is inferior, less-than, unworthy.
It's no stretch to say that social media has a huge effect on body image. For dancers—most of whom already have a laser-focus on their appearance—the images they see on Instagram can seem to exacerbate ever-present issues. "Social media is just another trigger," says Nadine Kaslow, a psychologist who works with the dancers of Atlanta Ballet. "And dancers don't need another trigger." In the age of Photoshop and filters, how can dancers keep body dysmorphia at bay?
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.