Maya Plisetskaya Has Passed Away at 89 [Videos]

Maya Plisetskaya Has Passed Away at 89 [Videos]

Ukraine Today uploaded this video where ballet stars pay tribute to Bolshoi Legend: Maya Plisetskaya. Maya Plisetskaya Has Passed Away at 89 Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya (Born on 20 November, 1925 – 2 May, 2015) was a Soviet-born ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and actress, who held Spanish and Lithuanian citizenship. In 1960 she ascended to prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi.   Plisetskaya studied ballet from age nine and first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre when she was eleven. She joined the Bolshoi Ballet company when she was eighteen, quickly rising to become their leading soloist.   She was not allowed to tour outside the country for sixteen years after joining the Bolshoi. During those years, her fame as a national ballerina was used to project the Soviet Union’s achievements during the Cold War.   Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who lifted her travel ban in 1959, considered her “not only the best ballerina in the Soviet Union, but the best in the world.”   As a member of the Bolshoi until 1990, her skill as a dancer changed the world of ballet, setting a higher standard for ballerinas both in terms of technical brilliance and dramatic presence.   For more on Maya Plisetskaya’s life visit Wikipedia.org. Maya Plisetskaya Has Passed Away at 89 This documentary was make in 1964, at the age of 44 honoring the ballerina’s long career. It would last until 1990, when she would retire at the age of 65! Video courtesy of YouTube. Maya Plisetskaya Has Passed Away 89 The ballet world has lost an icon, an era has come to its end.  She will be sorely...
Julian Mackay Rising Star at Prix de Lausanne 2015 [Videos]

Julian Mackay Rising Star at Prix de Lausanne 2015 [Videos]

Here’s Julian’s classical variation from Giselle. Thanks to Prix de Lausanne for sharing video on YouTube. Julian Mackay Rising Star at Prix de Lausanne 2015 He’s just 17 and he’s already won medals at the Sochi and Istan­bul; he was also awar­ded the Kelvin Coe Schol­ar­ship from the En Avant Found­a­tion. Julian will be the first American male to graduate from the Bolshoi Academy. But that’s not all; his siblings (three more) are scattered around the world studying ballet  or dancing with renowned ballet companies! Julian Mackay Rising Star at Prix de Lausanne 2015 All participants, as you know, have to perform a contemporary choreography. Julian danced “Solo for Diego.” Here it is. Video from YouTube. If you’d like to see the entire article go to Gramiliano.com. Julian Mackay Rising Star at Prix de Lausanne 2015 If you enjoyed Julian MacKay’s story and his videos, sign-up below to stay connected to the world of...
2015 Prix de Lausanne is Under Way [Videos]

2015 Prix de Lausanne is Under Way [Videos]

2015 Prix de Lausanne is Under Way 2015 Prix de Lausanne is under way and it looks exciting! This year’s contestants arrived at Lausanne on Monday, February 2 ready to learn and share their dancing skills. The week is practically half way gone. Here are the first three days of this exciting event. Enjoy! In this video trailer you can spot Alessandra Ferri from last year’s Prix. Did you see her? Video courtesy of Prix de Lausanne YouTube channel. 2015 Prix de Lausanne is Under Way This second video was uploaded by one of the Chinese contestants during registration day. You can catch snippets of the women’s and men’s classes. Video from YouTube. 2015 Prix de Lausanne is Under Way In the next two videos you can take a peek at the contestant’s contemporary classes and their classical variations. 2015 Prix de Lausanne – Daily Live Streaming – Monday February 2nd It was great to see Miko Fogarty as one of the contestants in this video during her run through of Raymonda! (minute: 41:20) Video link from YouTube. 2015 Prix de Lausanne – Daily Live Streaming – Tuesday February 3rd Link from YouTube video. Tell us what you think and who do you see as strong contenders for the top spots. I personally miss the Emotional Blog series the Prix has done in past years where they introduce a few dancers each day. You really get to know the candidates, not only in class but outside. I hope you enjoy the videos and subscribe to our weekly updates. Don’t forget to follow the Prix’s livestream...
Celebrate Maya Angelou’s Life: Author, Poet, Teacher, Activist, Human Being [Videos]

Celebrate Maya Angelou’s Life: Author, Poet, Teacher, Activist, Human Being [Videos]

Maya Angelou, writer, dancer, actress and educator, quietly passed away today. We honor her life as her spirit lives on. Celebrate Maya Angelou’s Life: Author, Poet, Teacher, Activist, Human Being Video via CNN YouTube channel. Legendary author and poet Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/ Celebrate Maya Angelou’s Life: Author, Poet, Teacher, Activist, Human Being Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Read her biography at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou Video from ABCNews. Celebrate Maya Angelou’s Life: Author, Poet, Teacher, Activist, Human Being “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou Comment below what from Dr. Angelou’s life touched you. Perhaps one of her poems, or books? You might have watched her on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. Honor her life today and share this post. Thank...
Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Bonus 2 [Videos]

Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Bonus 2 [Videos]

  What would the New York City Ballet dancers be doing if they weren’t ballet dancers? Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Bonus 2 In this first bonus video, the dancers answer that very question: “If I Wasn’t Dancing…” The cast shares what alternate careers they’d be in if ballet wasn’t a part of their lives. Video uploaded by YouTube.com. Dancer Photo Booth Interviews We put some of the cast in the hot seat for “photo booth” confessional interviews. After all, you don’t really know someone until you know what embarrassing music they listen to. Thanks to AOL Original Series for sharing video. Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Bonus 2 What Do Ballet Dancers Eat? The cast goes back into the booth and kills the myth that ballet dancers don’t eat. Video source: YouTube. Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Bonus 2 How’s that for a great series? If you missed the previous episodes, go back and view them; we think you’re going to love them. So, did you learn something new about dancers you didn’t know before? If so, give us a “Share” and “Like” below. Thanks. Until next time!...

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