Sunday's performance of Swan Lake by Ballet Austin at the Long Center marked the end of the 2014-15 season. I am so utterly in awe of the commitment and talent right here in Austin. They are beautiful dancers inside and out. Most especially we will miss Michelle Thompson who is moving to NYC to start her next life adventure. We will miss you Michelle! Looking forward to a short summer break and a return to the studios in early August.
Knee deep in preparations for Nutcracker at Ballet Austin. The costumes and dancers are gorgeous, now if only they can stay healthy for 3 weeks of performances. Common injuries include overworked calf muscles, back pain from prolonged holding of poses, and the regular slew of foot/ankle aches and pains that come with the territory of professional ballet.
“It’s one of the hardest things to do – to be free enough to move around. Look at all those dancers – Isadora throwing away her corset, shoes and bra; Merce giving up stories and Graham going into whatever she calls it, that darkness of the inner soul; Nureyev leaping over the wall. Dancing is still about freedom”
Before moving to NYC to work and study as a modern dancer I spent many years dancing in Houston and Austin. Now that I’m back in Austin almost 15 years later, I am so happy to see a thriving dance scene. And even happier to see that the best people to take a modern dance class with Austin are all still honing their craft and shaking things up. I have danced with most of these women and know them to be super amazing.
Love, love, love all these women!
Austin is a great place to be creative.
Check out the list composed by Claire Augustine here.