It’s only 27 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.
A Christmas Tree Ornament
Have a look on the Christmas markets for a ballerina!
Or Ballet Shoes
Look at the website of your favorite Ballet Company!
There are some really great ballet books in the shops this Christmas:
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 read David Hallberg‘s memoir last year. 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.
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 favorite ballet in 2016. Available as DVD. This documentary, produced by Swiss National TV, provides exclusive insights into the creative process!
There is so much around about ballet. Just google it!