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Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • Stiefel, Murphy Head to Royal New Zealand

    Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel, at home with their Abyssinian cat, Selah. (Photo Credit: Brian Harkin for The New York Times)


    Dancer extraordinaire, Ethan Stiefel and his equally amazing fiancee`, Gillian Murphy are heading to New Zealand in preparation for Stiefel's new gig as Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet. In The New York Times feature, Stiefel discusses both the transition and his plans for the company, along with the struggle of having to prepare their beloved "anti-travel" cat for the journey... Read more here.

  • Stunning Collection of Dance Photos from the 20's - 90's

    dancephotocollectionnytimesCheck out this outstanding collection of black and white dance photos from the 1920's through the 90's, courtesy of The New York Times!

  • Elissa Fuchs - 90 Years Old & Still Dancing Strong

    Looking for a little inspiration to keep your momentum going? Check this story out...

    How many people can say they'd like to continue working right into their 90's? Elissa Fuchs already is....It was nearly 90 years ago when Fuchs was only three years-old that she made the decision dancing is what she wanted to do.

    "That was all I wanted to do, go on the stage. And at 16, my dream came true through just a miracle," she said.

    Fuchs landed a job performing the Vaudeville circuit. That kicked off her career on Broadway, then performing with the world class Russian Ballet and then onto the Metropolitan Opera. Fuchs said she was doing what she was born to do.

    "I was someone else on the stage. I loved being on the stage," she said. Read the rest of this amazing story here.

  • Elizabeth Murphy Joins Pacific Northwest Ballet

    elizabethmurphyLast month, Pacific Northwest Ballet announced its newest company members for the 2011-12 season. Elizabeth Murphy of Massachusetts, was one of the chosen few.

    In this article, Murphy talks about her start in ballet and how she keeps herself in top shape to keep up with the demands of her blossoming career. Read all about it here.

  • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's Bernice Coppieters Tackles Role of Instructor

    Bernice Coppieters in Roméo et Juliette. Photo courtesy: The Prague Post, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo


    For the past 20 years, Bernice Coppieters has danced all of the leading roles in Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's repertoire, including Juliet in "Romeo et Juliette". (Side note: We had the privilege of reviewing Pacific Northwest Ballet's performance of this piece back in 2009, in which Coppieters' beautiful fingerprints could be seen and felt throughout the entire evening.)

    Now this gorgeously complex dancer talks about one of her most rewarding roles to date: instructor.

    In her early 40s, Coppieters' age is not a sensitive topic of conversation, as one might expect. She isn't scared of the fact that her career as an active prima ballerina is very likely coming to its end. She says she is putting her focus in a different direction, working with dancers in companies around the world who are staging Maillot's productions.
    Read more here.

  • Yamaha Pianos + Pittsburgh Ballet = Sweet Music!

    yamahapianoPittsburgh Ballet Theatre is celebrating its partnership with Yamaha - making them the company's official piano supplier - with a piano sale. Nearly 80 pianos of all sizes will be available for purchase, including some of PBT's own pianos. A portion of these proceeds will benefit the ballet company. The partnership provides PBT with pianos for its studios and the opportunity to buy new pianos over the next five years. "Live music is integral to our curriculum," said PBT school operations director Aaron Rinsema. Read more here.

  • Winger Contributing Writer to Attend SAB

    Photo courtesy of Alston Macgill


    Thirteen year old Alston Macgill received a highly coveted invitation to attend the year-round program at School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York. Alston began her dance training at the tender age of 2, was one of the top 12 of the Youth American Grand Prix at age 11, and recently took top honors at the YAGP in Philadelphia. In addition to her outstanding talent, the young lady is also a contributor at The Winger! Read more about Aston's exciting journey here.

    Congratulations, Alston! :)

  • Dancing in the (hot, sweltering) NY Streets

    Photo Credit: Splash News In an effort to boost low sales, Sony devised a most beautiful ad campaign featuring a twirling (and no doubt sweating!) ballerina!

    Crowds gathered by the side of the road to watch as a prima ballerina in full costume danced alongside traffic on a busy freeway. The dancer was performing a sequence as she filmed an advert on 7th Avenue in Manhattan dressed in a full, lilac tulle tutu and structured bodice.

    In the past week, temperatures in New York have soared to 110F but the dancer pirouetted and leapt repeatedly to get the right shot for the Sony ad. Check out the photos from the set along with the remainder of this article here.

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