Why I’ve been quiet

I’ve fallen in love. I think this man is the one! For the rest of my life!

I’m very very happy.

To celebrate, a Macmillan pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet.

What’s your favorite romantic pas de deux? I want to know!

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Where I’ve been

It’s been awhile, eh? I know that my posting is sporadic at best, but I have a decent excuse. In the past two months or so, I’ve been interviewing for a new job. I was on pins and needles much of the time. That didn’t leave much time for dance class, much less blogging!

But all went well, and in a few short weeks, I’ll be working for this little company:

I’m excited. Partly because (aside from the whole best company in the world, etc. etc. etc.), I’ll be close to this place. And can start dancing again in earnest.

Here’s to new beginnings!!

The Dying Swan

This video has been making the rounds on non-dance blogs that I visit:

Apparently it is possible to dance en pointe in sneakers. Who knew?! L’il Buck’s turns are good too, and all the more astonishing for the shoes he’s wearing! My knowledge of hip hop is minimal, but something like this crosses all borders.

I rather think that Fokine would like this.

Sit down, Natalie Portman.

Sarah Lane, Portman’s body double.

I wrote before that I was utterly unimpressed by Black Swan. The predictable plotting, melodramatic acting, and subpar dancing got to me. Now that has evolved into active dislike, thanks to the lack of acknowledgment of the REAL ballerina whose contribution was muffled in an attempt to exalt Portman’s “grueling” ballet training.

Benjamin Millepied, Portman’s babydaddy, stated in the LA Times (see dlisted article for full quote)  that Lane “just did the footwork and the fouettes and one diagonal in the studio. Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie.” Terrible quote. Footwork, fouettes, and diagonal=only 15% of ballet? What then composes the 85%, pray tell? Arm flapping and looking constipated? Millepied needs to brush up on his basics.

Anyone with a reasonable degree of ballet training could recognize Portman’s dancing for what it was: a non-dancer trying VERY HARD to look convincing as a professional. Which, for the sake of a Hollywood movie, is fine; but let’s not pretend that Portman is some kind of prodigy.

I understand that so much of this is probably the studio pushing its agenda and not the fault of Portman or Millepied per se, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Sarah Lane is the real thing, and Natalie Portman is not.

Can you imagine taking class here?

This is the Guangzhou Opera House. What a beautiful studio!

I’ve taken class in a wide range of studios. My first was really lovely, with floor-ceiling windows and wonderful sprung floors. Then there was the dismal community college studio with cement (ouch!) floors, and the tiny studio with no windows at a small neighborhood studio in a strip mall. I take class now in a studio that’s part of a theater (converted from a gorgeous, wood church). It’s very old-fashioned, creaky, and has a lot of historical character.

Overall, though, I prefer the shiny, sleek, modern studios (see above photo!). Being that adult classes are hard to find in any case, I’m just glad that I have the chance to take them at all. What’s your favorite studio?