On Sunday, New York City Ballet wrapped up its winter performance season, which was disrupted and overshadowed by the departure of the company’s long-time ballet master in chief, Peter Martins. Few professional and pre-professional ballet dancers are physically assaulted, but many will suffer psychological damage inflicted by a ballet-wide culture that too often dismisses individual dancers as expendable, easily replaceable bodies. Now, six years after leaving dance, I am shocked by the elements of the culture that I once accepted as normal.
Ripa is a TV host, actress, mom, and overall badass boss lady. She has also been practicing ballet since she was 3, and she's still an avid ballet dancer.
After studying and performing ballet, Bowers launched a fitness method based on her art. She just released a book, her second, and shares a few style tips with Yahoo Lifestyle.
Chrissy Teigen, with the help of husband John Legend, attempts a spin on toe shoes and then ... watch for yourself
At a New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals game this weekend, the first pitch was thrown by dancer Maki Onuki from the Washington Ballet.
The dance world hasn’t been very welcoming to diverse body types. A professional dancer in New York is striking back on social media.
Some of Misty Copeland’s fans are none too pleased with an image the dancer posted to her Instagram page two days ago, which they say appears to be Photoshopped.
Kendall Jenner channeled her inner ballerina for a Vogue Spain shoot, but Abby Lee Miller of "Dance Moms" and others weren’t thrilled with Jenner's moves.
Ballet’s “bad boy” Sergei Polunin is the subject of a new documentary called "Dancer," which debuts in theaters Sept. 16. Polunin, who served as a principal dancer at the British Royal Ballet when he was only 19, has had a tumultuous career, which the film highlights.
For a large percentage of the population, a new year means new resolutions. From eating right to working out, these personal promises often involve an element of improving one’s health and wellbeing—so why not work towards your goals in an amazing outfit? Whether you’re planning to perfect Serena Williams’s backhanded serve, or are striving to plié as poised as Misty Copeland, here a five workout-worthy outfits that’ll have you sweating in style. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day
Recent graduates of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba School performing at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana in February 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)
Few things are better than when fashion and ballet collide, and such was the case at New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala on Wednesday night. The Cartier-sponsored event celebrated fashion designers who create costumes for the ballet, like Zuhair Murad, Peter Copping of Oscar de la Renta, Hanako Maeda of Adeam, Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, and Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’ Almeida. Many of those same designers sparkled on the red carpet, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld showing off their most theatrical, fashion-forward designs. In fact, SJP was so enthralled by Zuhair Murad’s smoky-gray, glittering gown when she saw it on the designer’s couture runway, she personally wrote him a letter asking to wear it to the event.
When it comes to cultivating long, lean muscles, Mary Helen Bowers is your girl. In this second installment in the series (watch above!), Bowers shows us three moves for tight, toned abs that’ll improve your posture, whittle your waist, and help you feel strong and confident in any summer outfit.
Get immediate-arm-gratification from Mary Helen Bowers, the ballerina-turned-celebrity-trainer responsible for the toned bodies of just about the entire Victoria’s Secret catalog.(Video: Yahoo Health) When it comes to cultivating long, lean muscles, Mary Helen Bowers is your girl. She’s the ballerina-turned-celebrity-trainer responsible for turning Natalie Portman into an Oscar-winning dancer for Black Swan, and toning her many celebrity clients (think: Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler and just about the entire cast of the Victoria’s Secret catalog). Now, she’s sharing her cult-favorite moves with Yahoo Health in a summer video series.
You might remember Misty Copeland from her Time Magazine cover. If not, perhaps you’ve seen her inspiring and intense I Will What I Want Under Armour ads and video (watch it above). She also has half a million Instagram followers.
Photography by Atisha Paulson Something to aspire to: the way Misty Copeland looks in front of a mirror. The soloist for the American Ballet Theatre i s breathtakingly lovely, of course, with a tawny complexion, the kind of muscular body that makes it clear she’s a professional athlete, and a genuine smile that dispenses with any stereotypes about ballerinas being chilly. But what’s worth emulating is that she’s totally comfortable with her own reflection. She isn’t overly absorbed by it, or critical of or skittish about it. It’s just there. On a recent Monday, Copeland’s wearing a black leotard with lace sleeves, pale pink tights, and pink pointe shoes while stretching in front of a wall of mirrors in a ballet studio at Steps on Broadway on New York’s Upper West Side. It’s her day off, but she’s just taken a class anyway; her favorite teacher teaches it, and she always tries to go if she can. She does the center splits, folding her body toward the floor. She stands and props her left leg, in a gray leg warmer, on the barre while arching her back. When she raises herself up on her toes, or onto pointe, the taut muscles in her thighs and calves are as defined as if Michelangelo had sketched them. Copeland, who’s 32, is only the third African- American soloist the ABT’s ever had, and the first who’s poised to become a principal dancer, the highest position for a ballerina. She wasn’t always this OK with her reflection; a few years into her ballet career, she realized that it was rare for a dancer to be both curvy and black. But today she champions the fact that she’s not wispy or pale —and what it means that she’s so close to the apex of the ballet world without being any of these things “I will always have breasts,” she says. “I will always be more muscular. I will always have brown skin. I will never look like the dancer next to me.” Later, at the nearby clothing boutique Intermix, a regular post-workout pit stop for her, she is equally matter-of-fact in front of her image in the dressing- room mirror. She’s looking for a dress to wear to the premiere of a documentary about her,“A Ballerina’s Tale,” (debuting this week at Tribeca Film Festival) or some spring clothes to add to her already overflowing wardrobe. She has so many clothes that she uses a closet-organizing app to keep track of them. “I took a photo of everything,” she says. “I really enjoyed the process.” Everything she tries on, she evaluates quickly. “I thought I was going to love it, but I look like a nurse,” she says of a white Marissa Webb shirtdress. Of a dark blue, one-sleeve Hérve Léger bandage dress and denim-colored Jimmy Choo heels, she says, “The shoes look so good with it, but I don’t need them.” She appraises a neon orange, fringed ICB by Prabal Gurung skirt: “I couldn’t take the subway in this.” Copeland’s the rare ballerina who wears heels. She’s walked the five blocks from the ballet studio to the boutique in a pair of knee-high Gucci boots with 4-inch stiletto heels. “Other ballerinas don't wear them because their calves are tired or the balls of their feet hurt,” she says. “They just want to relax. But I feel really great in a pair of heels.” During the performance season, Copeland dances eight hours a day, six days a week. She’s up at 8 and in class by 10:15. To get promoted to a principal dancer, she has to prove herself by performing both soloist and principal roles. “The load is twice as much,” she says. “I’m doing so many parts right now. It’s hard to put my focus on all of them. There’s nothing to do except concentrate on the one that’s right in front of me.” ABT’s season starts May 11, but before that she’s starring in “Swan Lake” as Odette/Odile forthe Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. casting designed to challenge what is usually a ghostly all-white ballet. Copeland’s “Swan Lake” performances sold out in two days , a feat unheard for dancers who aren’t named Mikhail Baryshnikov or Natalia Makarova. “As an African- American woman, to reach these heights in a company like ABT is amazing,” she says. “Why wouldn’t I want to reach even higher?” Her fame, in part, has been fueled by her star turns outside the ballet world. She’s danced on top of a grand piano during Prince’s 2010 Welcome 2 America tour and starred in a Diet Dr. Pepper advertisement Most recently, she was featured in a commercial for Under Armour that’s had nearly 8 million views on YouTube — she’s in a sports bra and underwear, and the ad highlights both her muscles and her grit. People recognize her on the street now; they either stare at her or hug her. Some ask her to take a selfie with them. “It’s surreal,” she says. “There are moments when I’m like, ‘Why me?’ Am I really deserving of this? But I’ve worked so hard, and it’s easy to forget that. It’s not something that I expected. I’m a real person, and I’m so happy with what I’ve accomplished and being a ballerina. It’s not like I’m hanging around with Rihanna.” Copeland took her first ballet class when she was 13 on a basketball court at the Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California (she showed up in in gym shorts and socks). In her memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, she writes about a tough childhood: not knowing her real father, having a string of stepfathers, and living in a roadside motel room with her mom and five siblings. But for a while her ballet life was a fairy tale: She had an ideal, wafer-thin dancer’s body and was seen as a prodigy for how skilled she became in a fraction of the time most ballerinas usually develop their skills (some start as early as 3 years old). At 17, though, when she moved to New York to join ABT, two things happened: She went through puberty — her new breasts and other curves bewildered her — and she realized how uncommon it was to be a black ballerina.Out of 80 dancers, she was the only African- American. “I learned to blend,” she says, “and how to carry myself in an environment where a lot of times you’re being judged.” Over time, she started to feel more at ease, pointing out that she was, in fact, different from the other dancers there, especially when it came to the stage makeup ballerinas must wear. “I’d be wearing the same color pancake makeup as the white girl next to me, and it became a struggle within myself,” she says. “I learned to speak up and say I don’t feel comfortable.” In the more than a decade since then, she’s become an outspoken advocate for both diversity of body types (“Breasts look stunning with a tutu,” she says) and skin colors in the profession — all with the goal of letting aspiring dancers know there’s no one way they must look to, say, dance the part of Juliet in“Romeo and Juliet” (as Copeland will this season). “Had I had this very easy path, I’d be a different person,” she says. “I talk about it because it hasn’t changed. Until I can see America represented in the American companies, we have to have the conversation. The people who say, ‘Oh, just let it go,’ they don’t understand what it means for someone who looks like me to look at me and be able to see their future.” Copeland says that she’s noticed a shift in the makeup of the students at ABT’s school already. “It’s more diverse,” she says, “but those students are so young. The change on stage won’t happen for, like, nine years from now.” She may or may not still be dancing herself then; even if she stays in peak form, a ballerina’s career is about the same length as an NFL quarterback’s. “It’s hard to put a number on it,” she says.“Usually 40 is when as a principal dancer you start to slow down. I’m going to do it as long as I can.” First, though, she has this performance season to look forward to, and after that, a 10-day getaway to the Greek island of Santorini with her boyfriend, an attorney whom she’s been dating for a decade. Back at Intermix, she’s thinking about this trip as she tries on a blue-and-white printed Cameo crop top that ties in front so it looks like her cleavage has been gift-wrapped. “I mean, it’s not practical in any way,” she says, “but it will look really nice against the blue water.” Related Links: Gabrielle Union Talks "Being Mary Jane," Race Relations & her Marriage to Dwyane Wade Dancing with the Stars Week 4: All the Feels!
Dancer Misty Copeland’s career has been one for the history books: After overcoming many challenges early in her life (at one point, her family was basically homeless, living out of a motel), Copeland started dancing at 13—much later than most professional dancers—and joined the American Ballet Theatre in April 2001.
I believe in switching up your routine and making it convenient so that it fits seamlessly into your schedule. As you will see, I also swear by exercises that elongate and stretch your muscles. Here’s a look into what I do to stay bikini-ready all year…okay, maybe not all year.
Misty Copeland may have become a household name last year when she was featured in Under Armour’s viral “I Will What I Want” campaign and published her best-selling memoir, but her journey to the top was far from easy.
@balletbeautiful/Instagram Like Miley Cyrus is to Moschino’s Jeremy Scott, or Kim Kardashian to Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, runway models and fashion editors flock to Ballet Beautiful’s Mary Helen Bowers. The professional ballerina has developed such a loyal following of tightly toned, Celine-clad bodies, that she’s followed the pack to Paris. Bowers was a member of the prestigious New York City Ballet for 10 years (she started when she was 16), before becoming famous for transforming Natalie Portman’s body for the actress’ Oscar-winning role in Black Swan in 2010. @balletbeautiful/Instagram Bowers is the force behind Natalie Portman’s perfect pirouettes in Black Swan.
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