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Ballet Breakfast Club

Ballet Breakfast Club

As part of Eating Disorders Awareness week (February 26 – March 4, 2017),  I asked dancers at different stages of their career from companies around the world to send in a picture of a breakfast meal they had recently, which I posted on C&V’s social media with the hashtag #balletbreakfastclub. Eating Disorders are insidious, life-destroying illnesses that affect people from all walks of life. Ballet dancers especially face demands on their body, not just physically but aesthetically. That doesn’t negate the…

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Ballet Interviews

Interview: Joy Womack

Joy-Womack - La Bayadere

If you had asked Joy Womack this time last year where she thought her ballet career would take her in 365 (and a quarter) days from then, it’s highly unlikely the answer would be, ‘principal dancer at the Kremlin Ballet’.  And yet that’s exactly where she is now. It was where she spent the past few months dancing a season of Nutcrackers and Swan Lakes and Giselles, instead of on the stage of the Roman-columned theatre down the road –…

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Reaching for Pizza: Roundup

reaching for pizza - evanmckie

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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Ballet C&V Ladies Interviews

Interview: Patricia Zhou

Patricia Zhou

Lithe and luminous, Patricia Zhou is known in the dance circles as the talented young lady who began her formal ballet training at 13.Even so,  a stint at the Kirov Academy of Ballet’s summer program soon led to her sucessfully auditioning to be a full-time student. You would be hard-pressed to tell that she wasn’t born a bunhead when watching videos of her dancing. But it took hard work, dedication and many extra classes for Patricia to harness her innate…

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