There is something so beautiful and inspiring about the ballet. It’s more than an appreciation of the skill and discipline of the dancers – it’s the feeling you have when you watch each of those motions become a seamless narrative.
Dance has played a leading role in my life; I grew up dancing all different styles. What’s unique about ballet, though, is the connection you feel to others when you dance it. You give a bit of yourself each time – to the audience and to those who have danced it before you, the likes of Balanchine and Baryshnikov.
Although I danced, ballet is something spectacular even in the abstract. You don’t have to be a dancer to be swept away by the movements of the story. Watching from the audience, you still have the experience of release – of both mind and emotion.
We love dancing in the studio (Erik instigates desk dance parties all the time!), so that might be why visiting the New York City Ballet was so special for all of us. Their winter season is a big deal in New York, so we wanted to show you an intimate look inside their opening night.
The company has 93 dancers, with nearly 150 ballets in their repertoire. So, they have a strict schedule, which begins with a warm up in the morning. They dress for the benefit of their body, to keep their muscles warm and relaxed – leg warmers and knits – not to make a fashion statement.
Throughout the day, the dancers will rehearse the numerous shows scheduled for the week (three were performed on opening night alone!). Partner sequences take a lot of strength and a lot of trust. We got to watch Sara Mearns, one of the principals, practice with her partner in a very close rehearsal space.
Here are the images from the first part of the day! There was so much to capture, so make sure you come back later to see the rest – including images of the performance!!