If you are a dancer or dance fan looking for information about dance, a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a dancer, the internet is your friend. So much information! There’s a veritable plethora of dance blogs. Here I share with you my top five favorites dance blogs that are elegant, well-written and visually compelling… in other words, delicious on many different levels.
The Ballet Bag breaks down the myth that classical dance is for traditionalists, and covers it under a younger light. This blog aims to be one of the most stylish dance webzines on the blogosphere, to feature dancers, companies, performances, and dance media crossed over with other art forms and cultural references: pop culture, cinema, rock music, etc. In short, here’s where dance meets remix culture.
Emilia & Linda. Photo: Elena Murchikova / The Ballet Bag ©
The Ballet Bag was born in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible and to Give Ballet a New Spin and show it under a different light. When writing capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, the blog crosses it with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music). The “Bag Ladies”, Emilia and Linda, also use web 2.0 to network with dance fans, companies, dancers, writers, bloggers, etc. sharing what’s good, fun and interesting in the balletsphere.
Tutus & Tea is produced by Shelby Elsbree, a dancer with Boston Ballet. She is also an inspired and accomplished photographer and ‘Petite Épicurienne’ (her own words). Here you will find chronicles of her daily culture and culinary curiosities as a ballerina. Elsbree loves to dance, eat, cook, bake, chop, prepare, rehearse, perform and present, and is excited and honored to share these passions with you in a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective of dancing, cooking, baking and exploring. She has a great eye and all of her images present things in a beautiful light.
photo by Shelby Elsbree
photo by Shelby Elsbree
Elsbree the dancer has been featured in DANCE Magazine and Pointe Magazine and her recipes and photos have also been published in Pointe magazine. There is a lot to enjoy here, from delicious treats to exquisite photographs and an inside look at the life of a dancer.
Ballet Shoes and Bobby Pins tracks the dance experience; from the friendships dancers form during their years of education, to the stress they endure, and the passion that keeps driving them forward. A statement on this blog reads, “Through the good days and the bad days, we dance because we feel a pulse within us to move. It is this lifestyle that we want to capture and share. We strive to create a community of dancers, dance educators and dance enthusiasts who are there to discuss, share and support each other, as we all journey on in dance.”
This blog has a lovely design and is packed with tons of valuable information for dancers, would-be dancers and those who enjoy dance. It’s a blog that my Teen Me would have adored.Topics include: interviews with professional dancers, how to make a dance life work, history of key playersin dance, nutrition, and ways to teach dance.
photo by Chelsie Darling Photography
Creator Sheena Jeffers has been dancing since she was 5. She is a dance educator who believes dance makes people stronger. She says, “Dance makes us think; it makes us imagine possibilities. I have seen dance change lives and I believe dance instills confidence, character and self-worth. Humans are made to move, and made to feel. I believe whether you choose to dance recreationally or professionally, dance can show you how to do all of that, and more.” This philosophy led her to create a line of T-shirts. Sales go to help provide ballet shoes and leotards for children in need.
photo by Colleen Banman
Tendus Under a Palm Tree Rebecca King, a Corps De Ballet dancer with Miami City Ballet. In this blog, readers can follow the everyday life of a professional ballet dancer living and working in one of the most glamorous and trendy places in the world, Miami Beach. King’s mission is to provide insight into the life of a professional ballet dancer and to create an entertaining blog that will appeal to people who know ballet and those who don’t. She says, “Ballet is a glamorous art form and I want to reach out to people to educate them and excite them about what I do for a living.”
Rebecca King in Concerto Barocco
Photo by Leigh-Ann Esty
Behind Ballet The Australian Ballet‘s blog looks at dance through the prism of fashion, music, art and literature as it unravels the stories behind the company’s productions and mine ballet’s juicy past to find the new in the old and the old in the new. From The Studio, Ballet Vs. Fashion, Imperial Suite, Ask Colin (ballet advice from Colin Peasley, The Australian Ballet’s longest serving member and a founding dancer of the company, who performed a record 6,406 shows over fifty years.)
Here you will find well-written articles with stunning photographs, and an overall feel of elegance woven with humor. Contributors include past and present dancers Juliet Burnett, Laura Tong, and Annie Carroll, the Ballet’s head of Millinery Vicki Car, editor Rose Mulready, and other writers and journalists. The Australian Ballet is headquartered in Melbourne, a city much like my own beloved San Francisco. Current ballets include Imperial Suite, Bodytorque.DNA (a series of new ballets from up and coming choreographers), and Cinderella.
Natasha Kusen rehearses Richard House’s Control (part of the Bodytorque.DNA season)
photo by Lynette Wills