Happy birthday Margot Fonteyn!
Margot Fonteyn (May 18, 1919 – February 21, 1991) was an English ballerina and the Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Royal Ballet. Some of her most notable performances include Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Ondine, and Giselle.
Happy birthday Ruth Page!
Ruth Page (22 March 1899 – 7 April 1991) was an American ballerina and choreographer who rose to international prominence after establishing herself as a formidable dancer in Chicago. She made her professional debut on Broadway and danced with Anna Pavlova in South America, then settled in Chicago as the lead dancer of the Ravinia Opera. Page founded the Chicago Opera Ballet and later opened the Ruth Page Foundation for Dance, dedicated to fostering young talent in the performing arts. It is now known as the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
Ed Flores calls himself a "movement photographer." His unique style captures both the artistry and the physical exertion of dance. We spoke with him about his inspiration and technique.
"Even on the street waiting for the bus, stand like ballerina."
Happy Birthday, Maria Tallchief!
Elizabeth Marie Tallchief is a Native American Ballerina who was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on January 24th, 1925. From an early age, Maria Tallchief (or Betty Marie, as her parents called her) was interested in dancing. She describes her childhood self as being "shy, docile and introverted." She enjoyed nothing more than running around outdoors and playing with animals. She was enamored of music from the age of three. When she was eight, her family moved to Beverley Hills, where Marie could pursue her passion: a career in dance.
In Los Angeles, Maria studied with choreographer Bronislava Nijinska, who taught her a personal philosophy and discipline: "When you sleep, sleep like a ballerina. Even on the street waiting for the bus, stand like ballerina." The lesson resonated with Maria, who took the advice to heart.
Happy Birthday George Balanchine!
Giorgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze (January 22, 1904 – April 30, 1983) was a prolific choreographer, developer of ballet in the United States, and and the co-founder and balletmaster of the New York City Ballet. Balanchine's works are noted for their incredible musicality and thoughtful incorporation of many different art forms. Balanchine's most frequent collaborator was the composer Igor Stravinsky, whose music is incorporated into 39 of his more than 400 ballets. Balanchine also worked with composers Claude Debussy and Darius Milhaud, while the sets and costumes of his ballets have been designed by artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Upon his arrival to the United States, Balanchine established the School of American Ballet, which remains one of the most highly regarded ballet schools in the world.
"A Study of Who" is a dance performance laced with sadness, lit with shadows and created by the State of Flux DanceFilm Company, in collaboration with poet Anna Mae Selby and studio Nocte. This moving piece of theatre and choreography is lit by a stage of thirty handmade tungsten lamps, which move with, and respond to the dancer.
Okay, so this two year–old baby can dance the jive better than I can dance anything, but that's just how the world works, I guess. Anyway, it's Friday and you should celebrate by watching this video and having a solo (or not!) dance party.
The video shows the sweet moves of William Stokkebroe, who has watched his parents, Kristina and Peter, practice the dance so often that he learned it himself. William dominates the dance floor to "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.