What’s the word for a male “ballerina”?

Ballerino – sounds funny or not? 

Ballerino doesn’t sound perfect to me. It seems difficult to find the perfect name, but I googled it and found various terms for male ballet dancers around the globe. In Italy a male dancer is called a ballerino. In France, it’s Danseur. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as male ballet dancers or just dancers. Continue reading “What’s the word for a male “ballerina”?”

The Quantum Ballerina

Congratulations to Merritt Moore for Making FORBES „30 under30“

WOW! What an achievement. Not only has Merritt Moore made it onto the Forbes list this year, but she is also the one and only active ballerina with a PhD in quantum physics from Oxford University!

Merritt shared her secrets as a physicist on pointe – “I really do think it’s made me a better dancer to have done physics and a better physicist to have done dance. You need the creative brain in the lab to think of new ideas, and you need the analytic brain in the dance studio to figure out your center of mass.”

I was lucky to get an interview with her. So enjoy these five questions for the Quantum Ballerina!

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Eine Schweizerin in Brisbane

Interview: Lou Spichtig jetzt beim Queensland Ballet

Die 19-Jährige Schweizer Ballerina Lou Spichtig absolvierte eine professionelle Ausbildung zur Bühnentänzerin an der Tanzakademie Zürich und schloss 2015 mit einem Eidgenössischen Fähigkeitszeugnis ab. Auf internationalen Wettbewerben gewann sie zahlreiche Awards: drei Goldmedaillen – beim Varna International Ballet Competition 2016, beim Youth America Grand Prix 2013 und beim Tanz-Olymp 2012 in Berlin. Lou war die beste Schweizer Kandidaten 2015 beim begehrten Prix de Lausanne und gewann den Publikumspreis sowie den Studienpreis Tanz Migros-Kulturprozent 2013.

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Die herzliche Primaballerina

Interview mit KATJA WÜNSCHE

Katja Wünsche beeindruckte in diesem Jahr in vielen Rollen. Ihre Vielseitigkeit ist unglaublich. Als MYRTHA in dem Ballettklassiker GISELLE verkörperte sie die unnachgiebige Königin der Willis und brillierte in Technik und Ausdruck. Ihre ANNA KARENINA berührte zutiefst. Katja präsentierte diese tragische Frauenrolle extrem gefühlvoll. Als Frühlingsopfer in SACRE tanzte sie sich buchstäblich „die Seele aus dem Leib“. Ihre komische Seite zeigte sie in SKEW-WHIFF von PAUL LIGHTFOOT & SOL LEON. Im aktuellen Stück MESSA DA REQUIEM verzauberte sie das Publikum durch ihre enorme Präsenz und Ausstrahlungskraft.

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Degas Ballerina re-created in Valentino for 15.000 Dollars

Harper’s Bazaar just did an amazing photo-shoot with rising star Misty Copeland, the first African American Female Principal Dancer with A.B.T., channeling the famous Degas ballerinas in Designer dresses of Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen.

Misty Copeland Degas.jpgMisty Copeland in Valentino – photoshoot By Haper’s Bazaar

Why are Degas paintings still popular today?

I love the paintings of Degas, as his works transport us into the inner sanctum of the ballerina. As observers within the Paris rehearsal rooms, we see the dancers as they really are – authentic, hard working and totally focussed on their bodies and their movement. The smallest details reveal themselves within the paintings – the rustle of a skirt, the quiet word of the ballet master to correct a movement or the preparing for an arabesque.
It’s a world away from the performance stage where the dancers appear perfect and totally in control.

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