NYCB’s Megan Fairchild Blossoms as an Artist

Photo Credit: Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal Photo Credit: Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal

Her story is one of rapid promotion—and the struggle to live up to it. She joined City Ballet in its corps de ballet in 2002, and was boosted to the rank of soloist by February 2004. Less than a year later, at age 20, she was a principal dancer.

“It was so overwhelming. It was the worst time in my life,” Ms. Fairchild, who is now 27, said recently. “It’s not just a happy thing. It’s a lot of responsibility.” Read the rest of Megan’s incredible story here.

Tags: Megan Fairchild, New York City Ballet

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 11:32 am and is filed under Dance, General Interest, Interviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

NYCB-Inspired Nail Polish: Coming Soon to a Salon Near You!

The New NYCB-inspired shades from OPI. Photo credit: Glamour Magazine The New NYCB-inspired shades from OPI. Photo credit: Glamour Magazine

This just in!

OPI has just announced its new SoftShades colors for April 2012, inspired by the New York City Ballet!

The gorgeous pastel sheers feature fun balletic monikers like: Barre My Soul, Don’t Touch My Tutu (our personal favorite!), and My Pointe Exactly.

Read all about it them here.

Tags: New York City Ballet

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 9:41 am and is filed under General Interest. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Don Quixote is a Winner!

Allen Galli as Sancho Panza, and Tom Skerritt as Don Quixote, with Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo © Angela Sterling Allen Galli as Sancho Panza, and Tom Skerritt as Don Quixote, with Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo © Angela Sterling

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote has just become my new favorite ballet. (No joke! And it’s much more entertaining than the book was back in high school. No offense, Mr. Cervantes.)

From zesty fans and clicking castanets, to marvelous feats of strength and shining technique (not to mention sumptuous sets and yummy costumes!), this production has it all -and then some!

Sunday’s matinee featured principal dancers, Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz as Kitri and Basillio. And let me tell you, their spicy “cat and mouse” connection was irresistible! The two embodied their characters with all the bravado, sass and charm one would expect from the likes of this talented pair – especially when you consider their hot-blooded Latin roots! (Körbes hails from Brazil, while Cruz is originally from Cuba.)

Cruz’s gravity defying, single-handed, over head lifts (with Körbes playfully shaking her tambourine high in the air as if to say, “No sweat!” – or perhaps “No fear!”) were spectacular.

Actor of big and small screen fame, Tom Skerritt made for a marvelous Don Quixote! His performance as the delusional yet beloved character was spot-on. Skerritt drew you in and held you captive in Don Q’s world, making you wonder if perhaps – just perhaps – he was somehow the sane one and everyone else was a bit loco.

His hilarious sidekick, Sancho Panza was portrayed by local talent, Allen Galli. I don’t know how the Powers that Be at PNB came up with this guy for Sancho, but they hit the bullseye with him, that’s for sure! As a matter of fact, Galli’s performance was so outstanding that he threatened to steal the entire show. His expressions as he tried to get his stubborn donkey to “giddyup”, as well as when the crowd in the middle of Town Square tossed him high into the air, made the audience laugh…hard! But on a more serious note, his genuine concern and admiration for Don Quixote made their roles feel more like best (drinking) buddies versus “knight errant” and “squire”. Love!!

Allen Galli as Sancho Panza, with Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo © Angela Sterling Allen Galli as Sancho Panza, with Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo © Angela Sterling

And what kind of review would this be if I didn’t mention (the outstanding), Jonathan Poretta?

Poretta was cast this time as the supremely-full-of-himself, pretty little rich man Gamache, who has his heart set on marrying the lovely Kitri. It doesn’t matter if it’s a character role (where he’s brandishing his little sword and fighting like a total girl) or a more serious part (like the Prodigal Son), Poretta delivers. It’s as simple as that.

Lesley Rausch was a zesty, spicy fan-flicking Mercedes, while Jerome Tisserand “gave good cape” as the dashing Espada. Kitri’s BFF’s, Piccilia and Juanita were successfully tackled by the unconquerable Lindsi Dec and Laura Gilbreath. Together, these two fabulous soloists captivated the entire audience with their precision, delicious lines and thousand-watt smiles.

The second act of the show takes you deep into the wild recesses of Don’s mind. After a fierce battle against windmills and creepy monsters (including sinister cactus and the Devil himself), Don is whisked into a glittering vision filled with sparkling dryads and their beloved Queen (Sarah Ricard Orza), adorable cherubs and of course, the lovely Cupid herself (Leta Biasucci).

Both Ms. Biasucci and Mrs. Orza’s performances here were nothing short of pure decadence! Their light and effortless technique was well-suited to the scene’s dainty pointe work and lightening fast turns.

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo © Angela Sterling Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo © Angela Sterling

Act three felt a bit like a filler, but a fun and dynamic filler nonetheless. Here is where our story wraps up – the “happily ever after” part, if you will. After pulling off the ultimate trick, lovers Kitri and Basillo are allowed to marry (hooray!) and the beloved Don and his faithful companion head off into the sunset in search of more (outlandish) adventures.

The standing ovation the artists received was well-deserved! Bravo, bravo, bravo!

There are only 6 performances left of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Don Quixote! Visit PNB.org for tickets.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 4:27 pm and is filed under Pacific Northwest Ballet, Reviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

ABT’s Misty Copeland Visits Her Hometown

20120209__mistylb_500Copeland is only the third black soloist with the prestigious dance company and the first in two decades. Her goal, she says, is to become the first black principal dancer for a major U.S. ballet company.

It’s a heady goal, but Copeland has been wowing observers ever since she wandered into a weekly ballet class at the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club as a teenager.

Read about Copeland’s visit here. Don’t forget to check out the awesome photo gallery!

Tags: American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland

This entry was posted on Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 8:54 am and is filed under Dance, General Interest. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Y4051 – Fuschia Short Calypso Prom Dress

The Y4051 – Calypso Fuschia Short Sparkling Party Dress

Fuschia is an always popular color for summer season events. This bright warm hot pink is definately a fiesta color. The soft mesh tulle skirt is multi layered for a fully short party dress look. The strapless bodice is rouched in soft mesh and gathered with a sparkling stoned band at the waist. There are several soft sparkling flower embellishments at the skirt and bodice. This new style is already a super popular 2012 prom dress style in our store location. Short Party Length Dress Strapless bodice Stone banded waist line Perfect for a warm weather event. Multiple layers of soft tull for a full party skirt Since Flower Girl Princess specializes in children’s formal our womens collection is often special catalog order. What this means is that items typically take 1 to 2 weeks to ship, however we are subject to manufacturer availability and items can take up to 30 days to receive. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time when making your selection for your evening wear or bridesmaids dresses. We secure your dress immediately so you can not cancel once your order is placed. We do have a physical store location with many items in stock so if you arent sure or have any other questions about this product feel free toncall us. We are here to help.


Size Chart for the Y4051 – Short Calypso Prom Dress

* Measurements are manufacturer measurements

For guidance on how to select a size please visit our “girls dress measurements” page.

Oh So Charming Tutu Dresses

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Posh Int’l Pink Rose Ballet Tutu Leotard Girls Dress
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From a wide array of tutu dresses for Halloween, a dress-up party or a school play comes this pink rose ballet tutu dress costume. The dress is pink, and the top features sleeves that are puffy. Across the front of the top are inter-crossing ribbons that form a nice pattern that adds appeal and charm to the dress. If your child intends to wear this to a school play, consider pink tights and pink ballet shoes to go with the ensemble. As an option, you may choose white to balance things off a little, for her tights or perhaps as a headband. This getup comes in sizes 6x, Medium (6), as well as XS (2), and is made of a material that is elastic, allowing your little girl to run around and play without risking the dress ripping. Included with this attire is a leotard with a layered tulle skirt that has many sequins dotting the skirt.

Art Zone Shuffle: Angela Sterling – Dance Photographer

Check out this fantastic interview featuring the talented dance photographer, Angela Sterling. Angela did the photos for both Class Act Tutu and Vala Dancewear. ;)

Oh and FYI…at roughly 3 minutes, 50 seconds into the clip, you’ll see the gorgeous Lesley Rausch (principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet) wearing Class Act Tutu’s V-Neck Bodice and Classical Tutu Skirt!

Thank you for all your beautiful work, Angela!

Tags: Angela Sterling

This entry was posted on Sunday, December 18th, 2011 at 3:35 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Cute Pink Ballet Tutu Dresses

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Posh Int’l Ballet Tutu Pink Leotard Dress
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This ballet dress can be worn as a costume, or as your little girl’s ballet attire for a school play, to a dress-up party, as well as to a dance presentation. The tutu comes in the colors pink, purple, as well as other rainbow colors. The material is composed of 65% cotton, 5% Spandex, 10% Polyester and 20% Nylon, and the Spandex allows the costume to stretch enough to allow your little girl to run around and play in these tutu dresses without running the risk of the dress ripping. If your little girl will be wearing this dress as a Halloween costume, consider a fuzzy pink headband, or one with rainbow-colored fuzzy material. Ask your little girl if she perhaps wants a tiara instead, one with shiny crystal ornaments that can be glued to the plastic tiara. A lot of these materials are available at Michaels and other similar craft stores. For the shoes, any pair of pink ballet shoes will be best.