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Ballet Interviews

Interview – Ashley Ellis

Ashley Ellis, Boston Ballet principal

There’s a lot that separates Boston Ballet’s Ashley Ellis and I. A couple of oceans, for one thing. And there’s the small fact that she’s a principal dancer in a top ballet company, talented and graceful and whipping out complex choreography with elegance and ease, while I can barely remember the adage combinations as I fumble through my weekly ballet classes. When I spoke to Ashley, we talked first about the rigorous life of a ballet dancer. I am aware…

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Interview – Gillian Murphy

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Gillian Murphy is an icon of American ballet. A principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater for more than a dozen years, she and her then-boyfriend (now husband) Ethan Stiefel were considered ballet’s golden couple when they danced together and Gillian is, in her own right, supremely accomplished – a slew of accolades are a testament to this, as are the glowing reviews for her various performances. Her potrayal of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake is considered particularly special, so much so…

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Bare-chested Ballerino: Roberto Bolle

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Roberto Bolle is the king of dance. The king of shirtless dancing, to be exact. For all of us unlucky souls who do not have the pleasure of watching him dance in person, preferably sans top, Roberto has been gifting the world with many a shirtless selfie on social media. After doing the same with David Hallberg, we couldn’t resist trying to figure out what’s going on in the mind (and abs) of the American Ballet Theatre principal dancer during these…

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Footballet: Roundup

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We’ve been celebrating Brazil 2014 by photoshopping our favourite dancers into the World Cup, in our Footballet series. Here’s what we’ve come up with a week into the World Cup.…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Interviews

Interview: Isabella Boylston

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Google ‘Isabella Boylston’, and chances are that you’ll be presented with a list of Black Swan references. But really, it’s her white swan that’s had everyone talking. The dual role in Swan Lake was one Isabella had long dreamed of performing, and when the time came, her Odette was firmly in the limelight.…

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Reaching for Pizza: Roundup

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It started with one photo, and more than 6 months later, we’re still photoshopping pizza into the hands of ballet dancers. Anyone who’s read our interviews will see that we’ve made our featured interviewees reach for pizza. But we’ve also posted pizza edits of other dancers on social media.…

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