It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!
Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:
Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.
My current read is a book about the life of the famous Prima ballerina Irina Baronova, one of the 3 Baby Ballerinas of George Balanchine. Irina Baronova (1919–2008), was the prima ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later for Ballet Theatre in New York. It’s an exciting tale that is sure to engage all ballet lovers. I cant put it down!
I also started reading David Hallberg‘s memoir. He was the first American dancer to join the famous Bolschoi Ballet as a principal. “The ensuing struggle to find myself again, as an artist and a person, to not give up after two and a half years of complications, is what the book is really about.”
I am a great fan of Misty Copeland, the first African American principle dancer in American Ballet Theater history. Misty talks about her mixed-race family’s difficulties and how “Dancing was my escape.” An intimate look at how her world changed.
Be inspired by „Ballet for Life“ of Mary Helen Bowers, founder of Ballet Beautiful and the amazing woman and dancer behind Natalie Portman’s ballerina transformation in Black Swan. Her book tells her secrets about workout techniques as well as guides on beauty, style, and food.
A great resonable paperback ( about 10 $) with outstanding photos is the serie Dancers amoung us. Photographer Jordan Matter started his Dancers Among Us Project by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him in a place where dance is unexpected. The photographs are wonderful and bring a really fresh perspective to dance.
A DVD is a great gift that is perfect for watching on long winter nights. The astonishing and outstanding production of Verdi‘s Requiem from Christian Spuck at Opera Zürich was my favourite ballet in 2016. Now available as DVD. This documentary, produced by Swiss National TV, provides exclusive insights into the creative process!
A ballet related Christmas tree Ornament
This is my favourite ornament which I’ve treasured for years. It’s so special to me, that its hung above my desk all year round. Take a look in the Christmas markets – there are lots of beautiful ballet ornaments around. ￼
Good luck with all your Christmas shopping! And if you find any special new ballet related items – then be sure to drop me a line!
I want to mention that I don’t get any commissions on these items.