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Stephanie - Upper West Side, New York City

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New York City Ballet presents NEW BEGINNINGS on September 12, 2013. Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home. #newbeginnings

The Problem with Making It

"Our future selves are exemplary.  They are generous, beautiful, moving, put-together–all of the traits that we hope to embody, after we cross a very visible, but far-off bridge.  In contrast, the present is full of the hustle and grind of trying to get there.  It’s the before period, a mix of training, part-time work, unpaid projects, near-misses, and frequent existential crises.  But what’s preventing us from becoming our shiny future selves now?  Why can’t the practice of being generous and moving take us where we want to go instead of serving as the reward?”

"We, too, like the male dances, jump, turn and sustain movements in the air. And yet the ultimate irony remains. A ballerina epitomizes the feminine. We shape, stretch and extend our bodies in uniquely feminine directions. A ballerina lifts her leg above her head, bends backward over herself and stands on the tips of her toes—all abilities not allocated to the male physique. Our feet are more flexible than men’s and are therefore able to arch enough to be “over” our pointes. It raises our height four or five inches so that we see eye to eye with our male counterparts. And yet, while we are equalized in this way, we are there by way of strength and will, and our cause is beauty."


The Touch of Class - Toni Bentley

Rolling Stone, September 29, 1983

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"Think of your sides, dear, and when you turn to the left, resist to the right," he advised me. "Let all of the joints contribute to the energy of the turn—-rotate around the spine, and resist in the opposite direction. Use your sides—-replace one with the other."

- David Howard quoted in The Shape of Love by Gelsey Kirkland and Greg Lawrence. (via butterstory)

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emma portner is a magical human

Tom Richardson Choreography

Emma Portner Demonstration

beauty, i wish i had info for this dance and these people

Yannick Lebrun of Alvin Ailey ADT, creating his video for RespectMyStep.com
Photo by Jermaine Browne


Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Snapped this on the train to Barclays for the Mrs. Carter Show.

my fab roomie and i went to the barclays center to reach enlightenment, aka see beyonce perform live. i’m not exaggerating when i say that my life will never be the same

i have a weird liking for this song and i <3 dejan tubic

We Can’t Stop

Choreography by Dejan Tubic and Zack Venegas