No, I was never one of those little girls being dropped off in her little pink tutu for ballet class—hell, I couldn’t even hack it in the “dance” portion of gymnastics, and my sister and I bailed on the class right before it was time to for my mother to pay for our recital get-ups. (Her exact words were, “If you don’t like it, you can quit, but do it before I have to pay $100 for each of your costumes!” Can’t blame her.) Anyways, I’ve always been in awe of ballerinas—they are toned, long, lean and have amazing flexibility. Seeing as though I can’t even touch my toes, a little flexibility could be good for me (not to mention, ahem, some toning!) so I think I’ve found the perfect holiday gift … for me. All who know me, pay attention: Wii’s “My Ballet Studio.” As the back cover says: “Learn to become a graceful dancer as you are judged on your sense of balance, flexibility, and your stability!” Yes, yes, yes—sign me up—and at 30 bucks, it’s not a wallet killer, assuming you already own Wii, that is. [Teen Vogue] Keep reading »
Most of us gave up our prima ballerina dreams right around plié. We’re starting to think we should have stuck with things, because apparently the payoff can include dancing your heart out in Chanel’s couture atélier. The lucky ballerina who got to do it was Elena Glurdjidze, a member of the English National Ballet, who wore a Karl Lagerfeld-designed tutu for the dance of “Dying Swan,” which will be performed in London’s Sadler Wells Theatre this month. With over 100 hours of work, the exquisite skirt was comprised of 2,500 feathers. In this video, Lagerfeld films Glurdijdze in the costume, dancing around the Chanel logo in his Paris studio.
Amid rumors that Karl is leaving Chanel, this film seems to only reinforce his connection with the label; Coco Chanel was a dance lover and designed costumes for a number of ballets. If Chanel made some affordable ballet flats, we’d be all up in those now, ready to show the Kaiser our fancy footwork.
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Dancers in Germany rehearse “Snow White” in fancy-schmancy costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. [Berlin, 4/24/09] Keep reading »
Gaining weight often makes women better dancers because they have something to shake, if you know what we mean. Case in point: Belly dancers — and a London ballet company couldnâ€™t agree more. Balletlorent is looking for 12 pregnant women to join the cast of their next production â€œMaEternal.â€ The Artistic Director, Liv Lorent, who is pregnant herself, says, â€œYou can’t get a 25-year-old size 8 ballet dancer type body to move with the weight, the gravitas or the sheer cheerful spirit a pregnant woman.â€ So although no dance experience is necessary, you better bring it to the audition because there might be a lot of celeb competition with everyone, from Jessica Alba to Minnie Driver, being knocked up. [Reuters] Keep reading »