Misty Copeland Writes About Diversity in Ballet

Life in Motion, a memoir by Misty Copeland

A brown swan in the very white world of ballet, Misty Copeland painted her skin a different color in order to play roles in Giselle and Sylvia. 1957? 1977? Nope – 2007. Leigh Purtill looks at Misty’s memoir Life in Motion.

Dance Advantage Holiday Giftlist

Dolman short-sleeve from designer4dance

From my closet and bookshelf to yours. Check out these products for the dancers on your holiday gift-giving list.

Royals Who Crave a Ballet Buzz

Portrait of Young Queen Victoria

Ballet began in the royal courts and dancers frequently portray royalty on stage. But these contemporary queens and princess are known for their lifelong ballet passions.

Dancers Fall for this Pumpkin Spice Gnocchi

Pumpkin Spice Gnocchi recipe

Dancers, you’ll fall for this recipe. A little spice, a dash of sage, and don’t forget the beverage (if you’re the right age).

Drawing the Curtains on Act 1: Jenifer Ringer’s Memoir

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Did you know that years before “Sugarplumgate,” Jenifer Ringer had been fired and re-hired by NYCB? Leigh reviews “Dancing Through It,” Ringer’s revealing memoir. Get to know the ballerina you thought you knew.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Then and Now

Loretta Abbott and Alvin Ailey perform in "Revelations." The timeless piece is included in the Ailey repertoire to this day. Photo by Nicola Cernovitch.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has produced some of America’s most enduring dance works. Learn the facts every dancer should know about this dance company.

Ballet Primer: The Legend of Love

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I didn’t know much about this Russian ballet, but now you can learn the story and history of Bolshoi Ballet’s The Legend of Love in time for its premiere in U.S. cinemas on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Turning Pages: Timeless “Ballerina”

Ballerina-Kindle-Edition

Set in New York City in the late 70s in the world of ballet when Misha was a household name and Balanchine ruled, “Ballerina” is an older novel offered on a new platform. Find out what Leigh thinks of this ballet book in her review.

Got Curves? Leotards and Skirts That Flatter

SAB-Style White Skirt from The-Skirt.com

Ideals in the ballet world are changing, and thankfully so is the dancewear. Rhiannon offers her suggestions for ballet leotards and skirts that flatter a curvier body type.

Recipes for Dancers: Watermelon Waltz

Grilled Watermelon by Chef and Dancer

Dancers, enjoy this refined and colorful summertime salad by ChefandDancer.com’s Chef Matt Broussard.

Magical Kingdom of Dance Giveaway

Magical Kingdom of Dance Alphamat

A visual aid that keeps your class engaged and learning ballet terminology, stage directions, and body placement. Tonie Bense tells the story of her mother’s innovative teaching tools, the Magical Kingdom of Dance and the Alphamat.

Ballet Competitions On the Go

Dancers at the Genée International Ballet Competition

Ballet competitions happen all over the globe but thanks to today’s mobile technology, you can take them with you wherever you go. Guest, Heather Desaulniers brings us a list of the world’s top competitions and reviews the new Genée 2013 app.

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