American Ballerina Accepted Into The Bolshoi Ballet

American Ballerina Accepted Into The Bolshoi Ballet

Joy Womack, a teenager from Santa Monica, California has had quite a winding journey to the stage. Womack began her serious training at age 9 with former Balanchine dancer Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, California. She soon added private sessions with Russian ballet master and prominent coach Yuri Grigoriev. Her dream was to join New York City Ballet, “do the ‘American’ thing,” she says. But her family moved to Austin, Texas, when Womack was 12 and she couldn’t find any strong Balanchine studios in the area. “I thought it was the end of the world,” she says, with a laugh. Intrigued by videos of Russian dancers (“I fell in love with Diana Vishneva”), Womack enrolled at the Vaganova-based Austin School of Classical Ballet. Further details from original article on PointeMagazine.com. Though the road was “bumpy,” to say the least; she was told by one teacher that she should give up because she lacked turn-out and flexibility, yet former ABT principal Leslie Browne encouraged her to continue. Shortly thereafter, she was invited to study at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Grueling hours in the studio, learning Russian, endless rehearsals, even dancing with a broken foot and subsequent surgery have all paid off. Joy has now been asked to join Russia’s prestigious ballet company as a soloist! American Ballerina Accepted Into The Bolshoi Ballet For such a young age (18 years old. She arrived in Russia at the age of 15), she has accomplished so much! American Ballerina Accepted Into The Bolshoi Ballet Video from Joy Womack’s Channel. Video courtesy of NewYorkTimes YouTube Channel. American Ballerina Accepted...
Daniil Simkin, A Dancer In Tune With The Times

Daniil Simkin, A Dancer In Tune With The Times

Not your “typical” ballet dancer, Daniil Simkin, at 5’8, is not tall for a dancer, in addition he was trained privately by his parents at 10 at his home in Germany. Both his parents dancers themselves decided to train Daniil at home. His older brother was sent off to a prestigious ballet school very young and they didn’t want to repeat that with Daniil. Daniil Simkin (born 12 October 1987 in Novosibirsk) is a Russian ballet dancer and Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. His parents Dmitrij Simkin and Olga Aleksandrova are also ballet dancers. The family left the Soviet Union in 1990. His parents were engaged to dance in Graz, then took engagements in various cities in Germany before settling in Wiesbaden in 1993, where he spent the rest of his childhood. Unlike most professional ballet dancers Simkin did not attend a vocational ballet school. He was coached privately by his mother, who became a ballet teacher after retiring from dancing in 1999. Simkin has been noted as one of the first ballet dancers to be active in Web 2.0 media such as YouTube and Twitter, and has spoken in interviews about the need for ballet to open up, demystify itself and modernize the way it connects with audiences. My kind of dancer!  For more on Daniil, please visit his bio on wikipedia.org. Daniil Simkin, A Dancer In Tune With The Times In the video below, Simkin is partnering Maria Kochetkova at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, Japan in 2009. He was 19 years old. Just look at his opening arabesque! Thank you Daniil for sharing on...
Ballet Stars To Pay Homage To Alicia Alonso

Ballet Stars To Pay Homage To Alicia Alonso

Alicia Alonso, Prima Ballerina Assoluta has traveled to South Africa to be honored by the best of the best in the world of ballet for her life’s work and dedication to ballet. This weekend a host of international ballet stars and our best dancers will perform at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg. The line-up of dancers from 10 countries will perform a repertoire of magnificent classical ballet showpieces in honour of the great Alicia Alonso, 92, who arrived in South Africa on Saturday from Havana especially to attend the celebration in her name. Read more on this upcoming event at SABC News. Alonso founded the National Cuban Ballet in 1948 together with her then husband Fernando Alonso, and Alberto, Fernando’s brother. Cuba is currently recognized for having dancers of the highest technical and emotional ability who have found fame with leading world companies. Amazingly, it is all due to one almost legendary artist, Alicia Alonso. Learn more about the history of National Cuban Ballet at wikipedia.org. Alonso set an example for the world on the way in which ballet can be part of nation building, embracing an entire national population and cutting across all racial, social and economic divisions. The two gala programmes in the 5-performance only season include showpieces from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet. View original and complete article at SABC News. Video courtesy of YouTube. In a spectacular gathering of international ballet stars visiting South Africa, six principal dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba will be joined in Johannesburg by dancers from other major ballet companies for five ballet galas in homage to...
Art Is Beauty Quote By Antoni Gaudí [Video]

Art Is Beauty Quote By Antoni Gaudí [Video]

Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish architect famous for his unique style, leader of Catalan modernism. He was passionate and committed to creating beauty. Art Is Beauty Quote By Antoni Gaudí “Beauty is the splendor of truth, and like art is beauty, without truth there’s no art” -Antoni Gaudí Architect   Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Spanish architect born in Reus, in the Catalonia region of Spain and leader of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. Much of Gaudí’s work was marked by his big passions in life: architecture, nature, religion. Gaudí studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts in which he was skilled: ceramics, stained glass, wrought iron workforging and carpentry. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís, made of waste ceramic pieces. More on Gaudi’s life at wikipedia.org. Art Is Beauty Quote By Antoni Gaudí Gaudí was not a dancer, however he was a lover of the visual arts. And it just so happens that today he would have been 161 years old…Happy Birthday Antoni Gaudí! This Google Doodle is courtesy of YouTube and upsalei. Art Is Beauty Quote By Antoni Gaudí Help us honor those who contributed and promoted the visual arts as Antoni Gaudí did. Please “Share” below with the social media buttons below. Thanks! For more on Gaudí and his vision visit CBS News 60...
Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose

Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose

Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose Yesterday, Ballet San Jose named former American Ballet Theatre principal Jose Manuel Carreño its new artistic director, effective September 3, 2013. As one of the most admired dancers of the past two decades, Carreño brings plenty of experience to the job, and strengthens the growing relationship between BSJ and ABT. BSJ has changed direction over the last few years. In December 2011, it announced a partnership with ABT that would allow the company to use ABT’s National Training Curriculum for students. San Francisco Gate has the entire report. Jose Manuel Carreño’s Background José Manuel Carreño (born 25 May 1968 in Havana, Cuba) is a retired Cuban ballet dancer, who performed as a principal dancer with the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Carreño started dancing at the age of ten and received his training at the Provincial School of Ballet and the Cuban National Ballet School. He won the Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987 and the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1990. He has appeared extensively in Europe, Latin America and the United States, dancing such roles as Franz in Coppélia, Basilio in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. He has also performed in the principal roles in such works as Le Corsaire, the Diane and Actéon pas de deux and the Black Swan pas de deux. More on the dancer’s life on wikipedia.org. Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose Carreño succeeds Wes...
Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died

Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died

Sadly, I just learned that David Wall has died. At the age of 67 he’s died of cancer. Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died [Wall] was a regular partner to Dame Margot Fonteyn (1919 – 1991), became the Royal Ballet’s youngest principal aged 21 in 1966, having joined the touring company just three years earlier. Read Matilda Battersby complete article at The Independent. Wall was only 20, when he was promoted to Soloist and a year later became the youngest male Principal in the history of The Royal Ballet, where he remained until 1970. In 1977, he won the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Wall retired from The Royal Ballet in 1984 and was awarded the CBE. In 1985 Wall joined the Royal Academy of Dancing where he was Director and General Secretary until 1991. Following this he became Guest Repetiteur with London City Ballet, and joined English National Ballet as Ballet Master in 1995. There is a 1975 statue, “Jete” by Enzo Plazzotta based on David Wall, on the corner of 46-57 Millbank, Westminster, London. For complete biography visit wikipedia.com. [Mr. Wall was] widely known for creating the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Mayerling – possibly the most arduous for a male dancer in the entire dance repertory – he was also outstanding in classical, romantic and humorous parts. The Guardian has the information. Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died Lynn Seymour and David Wall dance the bedroom pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Filmed in 1979 late in Seymour’s career as part of the documentary by Karin...

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