Sunday, July 29, 2012

July's Ballerina: Wendy Whelan

Fact #1- She was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12.
Fact #2- In September 2005 she married photographer David Michalek.

Wendy Whelan and Philip Neal (NYCB)

Wendy Whelan and Philip Neal (NYCB)

Wendy Whelan (photo by Paul Kolnik)

Here she is rehearsing Fandango, the new ballet by Alexei Ratmansky. (photo by Caitlin Kakigi)
Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet rehearses Fandango, the new Alexei Ratmansky ballet at the Vail International Dance Festival. Photo by Caitlin Kakigi.

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Tyler Angle and Wendy Whelan (photo by Erin Baiano)

Quote of the Week

" Striving for connection with the audience is essential
because you are in the moment;
it is a give and take relationship.
Catching someone's eye during a performance
makes it more special.

~ Aubrey Lynch

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

July's Ballerina: Wendy Whelan

Fact #1- Her repertoire includes over fifty ballets.
Fact #2- Wendy only ever met George Balanchine once, for he died a year after she arrived at SAB.

Wendy Whelan and Pete Lay rehearsing The Rite of Spring
A 'Rite of Spring' free from rote

David Michalek and Wendy Whelan

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Wendy Whelan with Albert Evans Herman Schmerman pas de deux (photo by Paul Kolnik)

Quote of the Week

"I don't want dancers who want to dance, I want dancers who need to dance."

~ George Balanchine

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Alice in Wonderland (the ballet)

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from the ballet Alice in Wonderland! At the end of this post there will be a really cool video!

Jillian Vanstone and Zdenek Konvalina from The National Ballet of Canada.
Jillian Vanstone and Zdenek Konvalina in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

Maki Onuki in The Washington Ballet's ALICE (in wonderland) (photo by Brianne Bland)

Christopher Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland

Monday, July 16, 2012

July's Ballerina: Wendy Whelan

Fact #1- Her first dance teacher was Virginia Wooton.
Fact #2- She joined as a full-time student at the School of American Ballet in 1982.

Wendy Whelan in Balanchine's Mozartiana (photo by Paul Kolnik)

Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan and Philip Neal in George Balanchine's Chaconne



Philip Neal and Wendy Whelan in George Balanchine’s “Chaconne” - New York City Ballet

I got to see her dance this at OBT’s Dance United. I almost cried.

i peed a little

Ms. Whelan (far right) teaching the class (photo by Matt Murphy)

Benjamin Millepied in rehearsal with Wendy Whelan and Sebastien Marcovici (photo by Paul Kolnik)

Quote of the Week

"At the ballet, you really feel like you're in the presence of
something outside the rest of your life.
Higher than the rest of your life."

~ Robert Caro

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ballet Wishlist

I've been wanting to try these pointe shoes for quite some time now.
Fouette Proflex

Sorry this picture is so blurry! I really want to get a Yumiko leotard. They are so cool!

Doesn't this look so great? This is definitely on my wishlist!
Bringing Balanchine Back - New York City Ballet DVD - Style No KUD4490

Monday, July 9, 2012

July's Ballerina: Wendy Whelan

Fact #1- She started her training when she was three years old.
Fact #2- She's a guest artist with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company.

Albert Evans and Wendy Whelan in Bugaku

Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall in After the Rain from Morphoses

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David Michalek and Wendy Whelan at the 2009 New York City Ballet Spring Gala
David Michalek and Wendy Whelan - 2009 New York City Ballet Spring Gala


Quote of the Week

"Ballet is not technique
but a way of expression that comes more closely
to the inner language of man than any other."

~George Borodin

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

I know that the fourth of July was yesterday, but I was very busy then, and therefore could not do a post. So today I am going to do a short post with lots of Stars and Stripes!

Ashley Bouder and Joaquin De Luz in the Stars and Stripes pas de deux

San Francisco Ballet students in George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes

Ballet West performing Stars and Stripes

Paloma Herrera in Stars and Stripes

Annie Breneman and Thomas Mattingly in Stars and Stripes

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quote of the Week

"What's so wonderful about ballet
is that it's mind-driven physicality.
It's almost a Greek ideal of body, mind, and form."

~ Edward Villella

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Just a Video

July's Ballerina: Wendy Whelan

Fact #1- Wendy was born on May 7, 1967.
Fact #2- She is a princial dancer with the New York City Ballet.

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Jack Soto and Wendy Whelan in George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements

Wendy Whelan and Nikolaj Hubbe in Liebeslieder Waltzes