April 12, 2013 |
Toms, the company famous for its sell-one, donate-one business/philanthropy model, has brought an improved ballet flat into its shoe mix. The flats went on sale on Toms website Friday, at $79 per pair and in seven designs, including a plain black leather version. (That's three of my favorites pictured here: the Oahu, Burlap Alessandra and Brown Gisele styles.) According to a company news release, the ballet flats have been improved with an elastic ankle for a snug fit, hidden wedge for support and a padded heel cushion.
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April 12, 2013 |
Maria Tallchief, one of the first great stars of American ballet, who grew up on an Oklahoma Indian reservation and became an artistic inspiration for renowned choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88. Tallchief, who was married to Balanchine for several years, died Thursday in Chicago, said her daughter, poet Elise Paschen. The cause of death was not disclosed. A ballerina of electrifying intensity and great speed, Tallchief was one of five Oklahoma-born dancers of Native American heritage to rise to prominence about the same time.
April 5, 2013 |
Seven dancers with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba reportedly have defected while traveling last month in Mexico, with some of them resurfacing in the past week seeking asylum in the United States. The website Cafe Fuerte , dedicated to Cuban American affairs, has run an interview with some of the dancers, who said they defected because they are seeking a better life. "It's the hardest decision I've made in my life," dancer Annie Ruiz Diaz, 24, told the site. "We were determined to find a better life, artistic and economic well-being for our families.
April 3, 2013 |
Former Dodgers All-Star catcher Mike Piazza will make his ballet debut next month in Miami. Yes, you just read Mike Piazza, ballet and debut in the same sentence. Let it sink in. Here's the deal. Piazza, arguably the greatest hitting catcher to play in the majors, will play the role of a gangster on May 3 in a Miami City Ballet production of George Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. " Piazza, who retired in 2008 and most recently was the hitting coach for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, won't have to wear tights and dance around the stage.
April 3, 2013 |
Mike Piazza, the former major league baseball player, is taking on an unconventional post-retirement job. The athlete is teaming up with Miami City Ballet and will perform a role in the company's production of George Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. " But don't expect the baseball star to wear leotards or a codpiece. And don't expect him to dance, leap or lift female dancers, the company said. Piazza will appear in one performance of the ballet -- on May 3 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
March 29, 2013 |
MOSCOW - If spring is a season of rebirth, it seems appropriate, if coincidental, that the Bolshoi Ballet is hoping to move past its recent and ugly scandal with performances of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," a dance about the healing power of nature and art. The Bolshoi Theatre festival "The Age of the Rite of Spring - the Age of Modernism" opens this week without its artistic director, Sergei Filin, who had designed the three-week celebration, one...