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

This second episode “Apprentices” follows several apprentices of the New York City Ballet during a year. Who will get a contract to dance with the famed company and who will not?

You’ll also journey with Sarah Jessica Parker takes you through all the company ranks:

Corps de ballet, soloists and principals.

Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Part 2

Apprentices

Every NYC Ballet dancer must pass through the ranks to reach the top. Silas and Claire are two apprentices standing at the gateway to a potential career with the NYC Ballet.

After graduating from the School of American Ballet (SAB), some dancers are chosen to be apprentices. After a year, traditionally, on the last day of Summer season in Saratoga Springs, the apprentices find out if they will be invited to join the corps de ballet of the New York City Ballet. – Sarah Jessica Parker They all started when they were babies, three, four, five years old. They came to New York to study at SAB for the sole purpose of entering the New York City Ballet. And when you become an apprentice that’s already hope.

-Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief

AOL Originals on YouTube.

Corps de ballet

If and when you are offered a corps de ballet contract, “the hard work begins.” Corps members do the most dancing, and get the least amount of time off.

Video courtesy of AOL Originals.

Soloists

Some dancers feel that the soloist rank is the hardest level of their career. Waiting for the seniority to claim certain roles means much less dancing than previous ranks and that can chip away at focus and confidence.

Video thanks to AOL Series.

Principals

Principal dancer is the most highly coveted rank in the New York City Ballet. How much of the work is physical and how much is mental?

Video from YouTube.com.

Sarah Jessica Parker Takes Us Behind The Scenes of New York City Ballet Part 2

Stay tuned for the next episode. I think you’ll enjoy seeing the tight relationships that are formed in a ballet company like Balanchine’s.

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