This Week In Ballet…

ballet news topIt is the first week of 2018, and it already has me thinking… a lot. Between Peter Martins retiring, YAGP Philadelphia being postponed, YAGP Seattle underway, new job offers, new job titles and the pressure of ballet building… it has really made me start to think about a life outside of ballet.  Don’t forget you can watch live streams of the YAGP… you have to pay… but it’s enjoyable.

Let us recap A Ballet Education’s Ups and Downs of 2017…
January: I left a job that was basically a lie and the board was stealing. Found out my blog was ranked number 2 as a dance resource and ballet blog in the world, over the Gaurdian, NYT, and Pointe.
February: Depressed.
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March: YAGP FINALS, developped a tremor in my hand and body, quit drinking
April: Blogging and Writing, went Gluten Free
May: Master Teaching Everywhere, became a Red Bubble Top Seller
June: Offered the Job at American National Ballet, met some really great people.
July: Master Teaching at Masters,
August: Moved to Charleston… mid August- left ANB, went Vegetarian
September: Blogging and Writing and Teaching Everywhere, made it one year of the magazine.
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October: Given the Chance to work at Phoenix Ballet, got screwed over by close friends, went Vegan
November: Guest taught more, wrote more, traveled to a million places… Worked on my getting my children’s book out there again… fail.
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December: Survived 16 shows of Nutcracker as Executive Director, photographer, Guild Coordinator, celebrated Christmas with my family… barely wrote. Lost a ton of weight.

Don’t get me wrong, I saw a lot of great ballet and had amazing opportunities. I am just glad I can look back at 2017 and be done with it.

… now onto January 2018 

So far, I have found out that my blog is now Ranked Number 1.
I was given the chance to freelance work in fashion again, and enjoyed it. I have only had two flights delayed, one in which I canceled. Given the chance to buyout of my place in Charleston, which I haven’t been to 3 months. I miss my bed, my clothes, my books. Now I have to figure out those logistics. Mmmm, signed two cool deals that will launch in March.
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Decided to cut back on teaching this year and focus on the things that I want in life… And it is only day 5, so I can’t really say it is that great of an accomplishment, but I quit smoking. Have turned into a raging b*tch… But decided since my tremor hasn’t come back to attempt the gym and ballet classes again…

 

 

 

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In Other News…

Haven’t done this in a while, but as I have finally finished my first Semester as Dean- I am finally into the groove of things. Thus being able to talk about ballet on the blog… SO, here are some exciting things going on in the world of ballet. (Cover Photo: Addie Tapp in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker; photo by Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet)

  1. Boston Ballet had mid-season promotions.LAUREN HERFINDAHL AND ADDIE TAPP PROMOTED TO SECOND SOLOISTS. Addie Tapp is pretty ferocious if you ask me. Turn out for days. Wouldn’t be surprised if she becomes a Principal in the next two years… www.BostonBallet.org

    i-bphtdxx-x3Lauren Herfindahl and Addie Tapp in Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake; photo by Gene Schiavone, courtesy of Boston Ballet

  2. It is YAGP season!
  3. Sacramento Ballet announced they are replacing their artistic staff. For nearly 30 years Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda have been the ballet’s artistic directors. The upcoming 2017-18 season will be their last. (Sacramento Ballet)
  4. NYFW (New York Fashion Week) Opening Ceremony co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are ditching their time slot on the NYFW calendar in favor of a presentation in collaboration with the New York City Ballet and choreographer Justin Peck. (NYT)
  5. The Documentary Reset following Benjamin Millpied’s journey at Paris Opera is pretty spectacular. (read more)

 

SHE DID IT

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MISTY COPELAND IS A PRINCIPAL!!!

So is Stella Abrera… and Maria Kochetkova left SFB to join ABT.

Jeffrey Cirio has left Boston to join to ABT as well.

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