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Ballez Is Ballet For Lesbian, Queer, And Trans People, & It’s Revolutionary

Ballet is not known for being terribly inclusive, but choreographer Katy Pyle’s new company Ballez seeks to change that by featuring queer and transgender dancers in subversive reimaginings of classic shows — tutus optional.

Pyle told the New York Times Magazine, “I want to use this form to show that people are still… More »


This Louisiana Ballet Company’s Photo Is Nothing Short Of Incredible

The way we’re programmed to think of ballet is through an exceedingly narrow white filter. Everything from the pasty white”flesh-colored” tights and shoes to many of the Eurocentric bone-structure ideals touted have made it into a rich-white-girl’s game. Luckily, those tides are turning and the Louisiana-based En Pointe Dance Studio is leading the charge with… More »


Feast Your Eyes On This Ballet Routine Set To Adele’s ‘All I Have’

This video features the dancers Zola Smart and DJ Williams performing a flawless routine choreographed by Will B. Bell, which honestly has me thinking: “OUCH, PLEASE DON’T HURT YOURSELF. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, WOW ALSO ADELE IS REALLY HITTING THOSE NOTES HARD. I THINK I FOUND THE LORD?!” More »


Watch Misty Copeland Talk About Discrimination In Ballet In The Trailer For “A Ballerina’s Tale”

“I heard I wasn’t right for the company. I wasn’t right for ballet. My skin was too dark. I was too muscular. My bust was too big.” More »


Misty Copeland Is Now The First Black Female Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theatre

Good! Progress! History! More »


Dear ABT: Promote Misty Copeland To Principal Dancer

Ballet needs Misty Copeland. More »


“Flesh And Bone” Is The Gritty Ballet Drama You Didn’t Know You Needed

This will fill the space “Center Stage” left in your heart, because I do believe that’s Charlie in the trailer! More »


How Shoes Made Me More Aware Of My Mortality

Two weeks before the Chicago Marathon, I bought a new model of the shoes I’d been training in and started running in them to try to break them in for the race. I bought them without trying them on because I figured Saucony probably wouldn’t change much about the shoe between models. I was mistaken,… More »


Misty Copeland’s Life Story To Become A Film

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland, the second African-American female soloist to dance with the American Ballet Theater, will be the subject of a new movie. The film will be an adaptation of her memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.   [Deadline Hollywood]
What got Mariah Carey talking to the divorce lawyers? She was… More »


Prepare To Watch Misty Copeland Make You Feel Inadequate

Every muscle in my body hurts just by watching Misty Copeland dance in this Under Armour ad. The American Ballet Theater ballerina (the first African-American soloist, in fact!) is utterly breathtaking and she proves just what someone can be capable of with hard work and dedication. It’s like a whole new way to look at… More »


Watch Ballerinas Take On Their Toughest Moves In Slow Motion

There’s a reason people will still pay an arm and a leg to see the ballet in the age of Netflix and the internet – it’s totally mind blowing. The Washington Post enlisted six performers from the Washington Ballet to show us their most difficult dance moves, and then played them back in slow motion. More »


Girl Talk: I Left Ballet Over A Dance Injury

It was a typical Orange County night at the tail end of a long, lazy winter break. The plethora of yogurt shops in the neighborhood were closing, and even if you craved a Starbucks treat, it was too late in suburbia. The few dive-bars in the area boasted their usual divorcee crowd. My mom, dad… More »


In “The Slutcracker Ballet,” The Sugar Plum Fairy Goes Burlesque

Everyone should see “The Nutcracker” ballet at least once in their lifetime. And if you’re demented like me, you should see the ballet/burlesque fusion show “The Slutcracker” at least once, too!

Whereas traditional ballet celebrates poise and elegance,  “The Slutcracker” turns the traditional Christmastime show on its head with satirical, saucy performances involving… More »


Ryan Gosling Does Ballet, Designed His Own Motorcycle Jacket

It’s a good thing Amelia is not working from The Frisky’s office today. The amount of panty-creaming [Eww. — Editor] that would result from her reading this article about Ryan Gosling in the UK’s Independent would’ve force us to call the custodian. How cute is this? The Gos revealed he studies at a ballet studio in… More »


Natalie Portman’s Guy, Benjamin Millepied, Models For YSL’s Cologne

Sporting a blue suit and three day scruff, ballet dancer and Natalie Portman’s baby daddy, Benjamin Millepied, launched his modeling career, posing for Yves Saint Laurent. He’s shilling L’Homme Libre (or Free Man) cologne, while Natalie is the face of Miss Cherie Dior perfume. What do you think? Is he selling it? [ONTD] … More »


Morning Quickies: Lindsay Lohan Should Have Been In “Black Swan,” Says Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan is upset she was not considered for “Black Swan” because she studied ballet until she was 19, writer Jacquelynn Powers claims in a piece she wrote about the actress for Plum Miami Magazine. LiLo would have been a baller Black Swan, you have to admit. Powers also wrote that LiLo was “constantly… More »


Truly Torturous Toe Shoes

We’re all for wearing completely unreasonable and painful shoes, but en pointe Louboutins? No. No no no. Louboutin made them to benefit the English National Ballet — they’ll be auctioned off in a charity auction. Said designer Christian Louboutin: “Isn’t the classical dancing ballet slipper the ultimate heel? The heel which makes dancers closer than… More »


Natalie Portman’s “Black Swan” Dance Double Continues To Speak Out

Natalie Portman drew raves for dancing like a professional ballerina in “Black Swan.” If it looked impossible, that’s because it was, according to what Sarah Lane, Portman’s dance double, said on ‘Good Morning America’ (weekdays, 7AM on ABC). Lane expanded on her previous statements that she actually performed the more difficult shots in the film,… More »


Dancer Claims She Doubled For Natalie Portman In “Black Swan,” Was Asked To Keep Quiet

Natalie Portman has been called many things over the past few months: superstar, A-lister, Oscar winner. But today she is being called something else: big, fat, dirty liar.

Okay, maybe not big or fat, but the dance community is certainly unhappy with Portman, as the latest issue of Dance Magazine contains allegations from… More »


Benjamin Millepied: Who Is Natalie Portman’s Fiance?

Okay, so most of us spent this past weekend celebrating the holidays with our families. But Natalie Portman, overachiever that she is, decided to get knocked up and engaged. She and hot fiance … More »


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