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The Beautiful Ballerina Project (35 photos)

Photographer Dane Shitagi brings the beauty of ballet outdoors in the New York City Ballerina Project. Throughout the eight years that Shitagi has been bringing this collection to life, the New York City streets served as his backdrop. Rather than shooting in a studio, he wanted to take his …

Ballet Shoes and Ballerinas as Technology: A History En Pointe

Pointe shoes made the ballerinas of the New York City Ballet into technological artifacts, modern and indistinguishable "like IBM machines"<p><i>Pointe shoes made the ballerinas of the New York City Ballet into technological artifacts, modern and indistinguishable "like IBM machines"</i><p>Ballet pointe shoes …

48 Ballet Dancers Recreate the Human Brain for TEDxAmsterdam

This seems to be the year of the creative TEDx trailer. Now, from my friends at TEDxAmsterdam comes The Human Brain -- a mesmerizing "trailer" for this month's event, themed Human Nature, featuring 48 dancers from The Dutch National Ballet and an utterly smile-inducing original song titled "Turn …

Wheelchair ballet underwater: it's more like flying than diving

I started using a wheelchair in 1996 after an extended illness that affected my mobility. Later, when I first used an electric wheelchair, I felt an …

Ballet brings hope to the Philippines

Ballet has long been considered an elitist art, especially in a country like the Philippines where a lot of people live in poverty.<p>But a group in the capital Manila are now promoting the art by giving children from disadvantaged backgrounds, a chance to become professional ballet dancers.<p>Al …

Is digital ballet as good as the real thing? – open thread

A new dance company has been launched this week – but Crystal Ballet is not a performance troupe, it's a production company dedicated to the creation …

Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet Proves Seriously Playful At The Coliseum

Léo Delibes’ ballet Coppélia of 1870 tells of a boy (Franz) in love with a doll (Coppélia), while a girl (Swanilda) is in love with him and an …

Royal Ballet star Alina Cojocaru to join Tamara Rojo at English National Ballet

Last year Tamara Rojo, the fiercely intelligent Spanish star of the Royal Ballet, jumped ship to become the artistic director and principal dancer of …

Behind the 'ballet is like porn' headlines is a serious point about women in dance

Since Tamara Rojo's appointment as artistic director of English National Ballet, the former ballerina has proved a natural at working the media. From …

Breaking Pointe - “It’s Not Brain Surgery, It’s Ballet!”

The best stories about artists (<i>A Chorus Line</i>, <i>Slings & Arrows</i><i>, Sunday In The Park With George</i>)argue there is no distinction between the personal and …