Wendy Whelan is the First Lady of the New York City Ballet. She has been a principal dancer with the company for 23 years. With a repertoire of more than 50 ballets under her belt, (including pieces by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon) there is little she has … Continue reading A Chat With NYCB’s Wendy Whelan
The second half of our conversation just got better and better. Just to recap In the first 2 segments Wendy talked quite earnestly and in depth about the treatments for her scoliosis and how it formed her as a dancer. The best quote was her response to how she feels about her body she replied: … Continue reading A Chat With Wendy Whelan (pt3)
By Theresa Ruth Howard There was an undeniable crackle in the air on the evening of June 12, 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Soloist Misty Copeland was poised to dance her New York City debut in the title role of the Firebird in American Ballet Theater’s decadent new production choreographed by … Continue reading The Misty-rious Case of the Vanishing Ballerinas of Color: Where have all the Others Gone?
I have been writing this blog for a while now and I still find it interesting that when discussing body image the focus tends to swing from one polarity to the other, obesity to being too thin. When I looked it over I found that most of the articles and stories I post deal with … Continue reading Not Fat Not Thin: The Murky Middle Ground of the Body Image Issue
I was extremely leery about seeing Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, frankly I’m leery about seeing any dance film, however I did summons the fortitude to take it in. I was enticed not solely by the hype of how phenomenal it was but also because of the looming Oscar buzz building around lead actress Natalie Portman. … Continue reading Black Swan- or Black Stain on the Ballet World?