Welcome to your DT Monday recap of New York City Ballet’s web series “city.ballet.” This week, we’re covering the fourth installment of the series—about the soloists in the company. When an offscreen voice identifies her time as a soloist as akin to purgatory, you know you’re in for a juicier webisode than usual. (So far, "city.ballet." has been pretty classy. No on-screen catfights or ridiculous romantic relationship portrayals. Just the facts and some short shots of dancing.)
Two soloists, Georgina Pazcoguin and Megan LeCrone, spent the same amount of time in the corps—10 years—before being promoted to soloist, but they've had vastly different experiences. Pazcoguin, as Dance Magazine covered, slowly knuckled her way up and briefly considered switching companies when a promotion didn’t look promising. LeCrone, meanwhile, has had three ankle surgeries, a knee surgery and a collapsed lung—she spent 10 years just trying to get healthy enough to dance consistently. That has to be frustrating. (LeCrone is the sister to choreographer Emery LeCrone, incidentally. Dancing runs in that family!)
I found it a little hard to believe that soloist Lauren Lovette didn’t know NYCB mainstay Craig Hall is still “only” a soloist—I doubt anyone in City Ballet is so unaware of hierarchy—but I did love getting to see some beautiful shots of those two in rehearsal. Craig Hall comes across as such a likeable guy! It’s hard not to root for him. And kudos to him for focusing on the present and not getting wrapped up in promotion worries.
Unfortunately, there was only one quick shot of married couple Megan Fairchild and Andy Veyette in this webisode. Sigh. They’re my ballet couple crush.
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
Since 1989, tap dancers have been celebrating National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) on and around May 25, the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. This year, prime events are happening in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
When you think of a major basketball team's dancers or cheerleaders, you probably picture the Laker Girls—scantily clad, with shiny curls cascading down their backs. You definitely don't picture a group of 15 40-years-old-and-up "seniors," mean-mugging and ripping off breakaway pants. But the New York Liberty's Timeless Torches do exactly that, and they routinely bring down the house during halftime at the WNBA games where they perform.
The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.