Singing with the Body: Altynai Asylmuratova

Happy birthday Altynai Asylmuratova! When the former Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina was appointed director of the Vaganova Academy, she gave an interview with a quote that I found very interesting. “When you watch a video tape of dancers of the old generations, for instance Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova, or a bit later Natalia Dudinskaya, you can see a certain coordination of body and arms, a … Continue reading Singing with the Body: Altynai Asylmuratova

Beginner’s Pirouette

The pirouette. The signature of ballet. If anyone ever pictures the dance, they imagine beautiful ballerinas twirling on their toes across the stage. Almost every little girl has danced across her kitchen floor, spinning around in stocking feet. After trying for a while to really hit the pirouette (and frankly, not really knowing what I’m doing), I went to YouTube to dissect its parts. I … Continue reading Beginner’s Pirouette