Carolina Ballet’s current program, Monet Impressions presents two original ballets inspired by paintings by French impressionist painter Claude Monet. Picnic on the Grass, choreographed by principal guest choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, is an extroverted ballet, as cheerful as a dance number in a Broadway show. Taylor-Corbett gives Monet’s subjects in Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe lives that … Continue reading Carolina Ballet – Monet Impressions
The recital theme of the studio where I teach, Holly Springs School of Dance, from this past June was Evolution of Dancer. This is a fitting theme for my summer of photos, as well. They include everything from a little dancer's first time on the stage to professional ballet dancers honing their skills in class. Here … Continue reading Evolution of a Dancer – Summer Favorites
Here's an idea akin to the book club but much more fun! 1 - Get together with friends (bring wine) and read Shakespeare's play Macbeth aloud. If you've never read aloud with others, I highly recommend you give it a try! Here's a link to the play: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/full.html 2 - Take your friends to the reception … Continue reading Support art and be smart!
What a great show! The first thing I want to say in case you don't usually stay until the end of a thing, is stay to the end! Cinderella is just the first half. The traditional fairy tale is followed after intermission by two world premiers. This program contains a sampling of all the best things … Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Cinderella Program: from A to Zali
In a review, I try to not make a list of dances with ratings, which means I don't mention every dance or every dancer, even if the choreography or performance were exceptional. In a dense program like Master Composers with two and half hours of new and exciting choreography, with a full-company cast bringing it … Continue reading There’s more to say about Carolina Ballet’s Master Composers
I was initially disappointed that I wasn't able get pictures of this ballet, but as I was watching I was glad I could see it for the first time with both eyes open. I've seen every ballet that the Carolina Ballet has performed for the last 3 years, and many of their productions before that, … Continue reading Carolina Ballet – Master Composers
Last week I spent two hours at the Carolina Ballet studios photographing a class from pre-class hanging around the barre, through plies and tendues, to the beautiful waltzes and the final grande allegro. This class was level 4b of the Ruth S. Shur Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive, a competitive program that brings top dancers from all over … Continue reading A ballet class at Carolina Ballet’s 2014 Summer Intensive