When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”
For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”
When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”
The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”
Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”
crazy with this jump..Ahhhhhhh!
me when I see a hottie
ooooh im about to dive in 🎶
Diana Vishneva at Prix de Lausanne: 1994. Age 17.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year.
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.
But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)
At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.
Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”
Amen to that, Hugh.
English National Ballet
Romeo and Juliet
Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov
Slice to Sharp
Ch: Jorma Elo
Tänzer/ dancers: Rocio Aleman, Filip Barankiewicz
The image shows: Rocio Aleman und Filip Barankiewicz in Slice to Sharp
Photo: Stuttgarter Ballett
ALESSANDRA FERRI in “THE PIANO UP” SPOLETO “56 Festival dei2Mondi
Enrico Della Valle
Evgenia Obraztsova showing her amazing technique, balance and beauty to us once again.
Also, sorry, I’m going to be making more gifs but the instagiffer keeps crashing so I couldn’t gif the whole thing at the moment.