Achieving this kind of in-sync port de bras is no easy feat!

To confirm why a great corps makes a great ballet, look no further than this video from Pacific Northwest Ballet. The company’s Swan Lake opened last weekend, starring the stunning Carla Körbes in her final season before retirement. And as impossible as it is to take your eyes off of Körbes when she’s dancing, we were totally mesmerized by this aerial view of her fellow swans. This is why it’s worth it to painstakingly polish spacing and lines before recital.

Check out “Stunning Spacing” for advice on setting formations and helping dancers create clean circles, diagonals and other tricky shapes.

Can you imagine Ekaterina Kondaurova in big-screen 3-D? Amazing.Leave it to Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron to take ballet on the big screen to the next level. On June 6, audiences from the US to Australia can watch Swan Lake live in 3-D, starring the Maryinsky Ballet’s stunning Ekaterina Kondaurova.

The screening is the result of a collaboration between Cameron and Maryinsky director Valery Gergiev. And with the company’s recent plans to allocate more funds to domestic performances rather than touring, this may be the closest thing we get to an American performance form them for some time.

The broadcast of the live Maryinsky performance in Russia will be delayed, airing at 6:30 pm local time in all U.S. locations. Click here for the full list of theaters and to purchase tickets.

Photo by Jayme Thornton for Pointe Magazine


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