Tiler Peck – Dancer of the Year 2021

Nominated by TANZ -Magazine for Ballet, Dance and Performance

More about this stunning Prima Ballerina

Tiler Peck is not just an international award-winning Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet – one of the most prestigious Ballet Companies in the world, she also is a successful actress, designer and choreographer.

„This woman can’t be topped: an excellent dancer whose art glitters like fairy dust – even on the monitor.“ Quote by Tanz – Magazine for Ballet, Dance and Performance.

Interview with Tiler Peck, Bakersfield Native and Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, 10.10.2020
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How To Keep The Classical Ballet Alive

Is it ok to break away from traditions?


Artistic Director of the English National Ballet Tamara Rojo tells us about adapting the traditional ballet RAYMONDA. The London Coliseum will present this Word Premiere in January 2022. Learn how Tamara Rojo is challenged to keep the classics alive and how she reframed familiar stories to offer new perspectives.

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The Origins Of Ballet

A brief history

My friends often ask me who invented ballet. I already wrote some posts about it and just found this amazing TED-Ed video on youtube.


The origins of ballet – Jennifer Tortorello and Adrienne Westwood, 07.03.2016 by TED-Ed
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-origins… Can you imagine a party where every movement and every visual detail were governed by a complex system of rules and procedures? For centuries, such rituals were commonplace for European nobility. And while they’ve gone out of fashion, we recognize the components under a familiar label: ballet. Jennifer Tortorello and Adrienne Westwood outline the history of this graceful and precise dance.
Lesson by Jennifer Tortorello and Adrienne Westwood, animation by Moran Barak Studio.
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Unforgettable moments with Nadja Saidakova

Prima ballerina, ballet master, With Staatsballett Berlin and Guest Teacher


I watched all the amazing youtube videos of Nadja Saidakova in June when I worked on preparing my interview with her. So many great ballet moments came up in my mind while remembering this outstanding prima ballerina dancing all the classical and contemporary leading parts with Staatsballett Berlin. As I loved them so much, I want to share them with all of you.

Her presentation was unforgettable as the tough Valkyries Brünnhilde in Maurice Béjart’s „RING UM DEN RING“, the lovely Tatjana in ONEGIN, her breathtaking Pas de Deux  in “ IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHAT ELEVATED“ and her romantic interpretation of a young girl in „LE SPECTRE OF THE ROSE“.

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IS THE DYING SWAN Part of SWAN LAKE?

Not many ballet lovers know that these both ballets are not connected at all.

The DYING SWAN is a world-famous 4 minutes ballet choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to the music of Saint-Saens in 1905 for the great Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova – premiered in St Petersburg in 1905. Anna Pavlova performed this ballet more than 4000 times and it became her signature ballet.

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Struggling To Find Where I Fit In

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT Ella Havelka – The first Aboriginal Ballerina IN THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET

I just saw this movie on Amazon Prime and was totally fascinated of the outstanding artist, ballerina, choreographer and role model Ella Havelka.

‚I think my heritage gives me a unique understanding of the way movement works and the way in which it resonates within my body,‚ she said in a report by NITV.

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What It Means To Be A Man In Ballet

Book release on 17 August by James Whiteside

I can’t wait to read James’ memoir-in-essays. James Whiteside is a multi-talented artist telling us the story of how he got to be a primo ballerino.

Get a glimpse in his works:

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What Dancers Are Doing In The Summer Break?

Relaxing, Exercising or Earning Money?

Interview with Nicole Stalker, Ballerina with Miami City Ballet and Yoga Teacher

What are your plans for the summer?

I am so looking forward to spending 3 weeks in Tampa teaching for Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Intensive! I will teach young dancers between the ages 12 – 18 from July 5-23, 6 days a week, 3 to 4 classes a day.

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Die Arbeit im Ballettstudio habe ich immer geliebt!

Interview mit Nadja Saidakova, Ballettmeisterin beim Staatsballett Berlin

Nach ihrer äusserst erfolgreichen Karriere gibt die Prima Ballerina Nadja Saidakova ihr Wissen als Ballettmeisterin beim Staatsballett Berlin weiter. In unserem Interview erzählt sie über ihre tägliche Arbeit.

Nadja Saidakova und Vladimir Malakhov ©Jack Devant

Seit Sommer 2017 bist Du Ballettmeisterin beim Staatsballett Berlin, nachdem Du Deine aktive Karriere als Prima Ballerina beendet hast. Viele Ballettliebhaber wissen nicht so genau, was eine Ballettmeisterin eigentlich macht. Beschreibe doch bitte Dein Tätigkeitsfeld und erzähle uns über Deine Tänzerkarriere.

Als Ballettmeisterin coache ist vor allem Tänzerinnen und Tänzer und studiere das Repertoire mit ihnen ein. Jeden Morgen gebe ich ein 1.5-stündiges Training zum Aufwärmen. Danach studiere ich bis zum Abends verschiedenste Ballette mit einzelnen Solisten oder auch Gruppen ein. Da wir momentan Corona bedingt 8 verschiedene Gruppen haben, die über den Tag verteilt individuell proben müssen, haben wir viel Mehrarbeit.

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Big news: Cathy Marston wird neue Ballettdirektorin in Zürich

Christian Spuck geht nach Berlin

  

Meine herzlichen Glückwünsche an Cathy Marston, eine der international renommiertesten Choreografinnen, und an Christian Spuck, unseren überaus geschätzten Ballettdirektor in Zürich seit 2012, der ab 2023/24 die Intendanz des Berliner Staatsballetts übernehmen wird.

Auch wenn es sehr zu bedauern ist, dass Christian Spuck das Zürcher Ballett verlässt, freue ich mich schon jetzt auf viele Berlinbesuche, um die grösste Compagnie in Deutschland unter seiner Leitung zu bewundern. Mit über 90 Tänzerinnen und Tänzern kann er aus dem Vollen schöpfen. Was für eine fantastische Herausforderung für diesen äusserst kreativen Choreografen!

Christian Spuck © Roman Novitzky

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