May 29, 2009

First 3D Dance Feature

Film Producer Wim Wenders and the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch are collaborating on the first dance feature film to be shot in 3D.
The 3D feature is said to help take the audience directly onto the stage and feel part of the performance.
The film Pina will be produced by Wenders' and will feature three of Bausch's works.
Pina will set a new benchmark for 3D films and will go into production this September.

May 26, 2009

SYTYCD needs new Contestants

This week Season 5 of "So You Think You Can Dance" USA will be broadcast on Fox, but the show is already on the hunt for contestants for Season 6 of the series.

Auditions start in Boston this Thursday May 28 and and move to Atlanta, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Additional cities will be announced later.

For all the talented Australian dancers, SYTYCD Australia has a pre-register so you can secure your priority pass for the 2010 Auditions.

May 21, 2009

Royal Ballet in Cuba

Photo: Carlos Acosta rehearsing at the Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet will be visting Cuba for the first time in July with performances that play homage to Cuban Ballet legend Alicia Alonso.

The Cuban visit also came about as one of the Royal Ballet's principal dancers Carlos Acosta would love to perform in his home Country and it would be the highlight of his career.

The company will bring 96 dancers to Havana and is scheduled to perform four pieces, one of which will be a tribute to Alonso and will also include dancers from the Cuban National Ballet.

May 18, 2009

Arabesque Shadow

We found this great photograph by Brooklyn based Freelance Photographer Katie Sokoler.

Project Shadow was cut and paste installation by the Katie where she taped paper cutouts to sidewalks and walls all over Brooklyn.

The team at Pointed Toes especially loved "Arabesque Shadow" as it brings out the ballerina in us all.

May 11, 2009

Australian Dance Festival

Australian Dance Festival
12th – 14th June 2009
Sydney Olympic Park

The Australian Dance Festival is an exciting new event and a celebration of the Australian Dance Industry.

Over the 3 days there are live performances and a variety of workshops from Ballet, Jazz and Tap to the Salsa, Tango and Bollywood.
There is also an Expo with a range exhibitors from within the Dance Industry.

Some of the Pointed Toes team will be attending the Festival, so keep a look out for us and come and say hi.

May 9, 2009

Miss Darcey

Picture by Craig Greenhill

Darcey Bussell is regarded as one of the world's greatest ballerinas and former principal of London's Royal Ballet. Darcey retired two years ago and moved to Sydney to raise her young family and is now the director of the Sydney Dance Company.

She has had nothing to do with horse racing previously but agreed to an unusual request by racehorse owner Graeme Phillips to allow him to name his horse " Miss Darcey" after the amazing ballerina.

Following on from the naming of Miss Darcey, Julie Sampson, a part-owner of Miss Darcey, has called a filly Red Pointes after Darcey Bussell's famous ballet shoes.

May 6, 2009

Imagine Ballet Dancer

Imagine Ballet Dancer is a Nintendo DS Game that allows the player to step into the shoes of an aspiring Ballerina.

The player learns a variety of steps from a Pirouette to a Jete and then takes to the stage and performs their own choreography in front of an audience.

You can also customise your routines with over 130 different accessories and costumes as well as a range of music.

The Graphics are of a high quality and promises hours of fun for Ballerinas of all ages.

May 4, 2009

Welcome Back Alina!

Alina Cojocaru was back on stage last week after a year off with a severe whiplash injury.
Alina is a Principal artist with the Royal Ballet and has a large soloist repertoire from Juliet to Giselle since joining the Royal Ballet School in 1997.

Pointed Toes is so pleased to see such an amazing dancer back on stage.