Starz's New Ballet Drama Is Sex, Drugs, and Cabriole

Here’s your first look at Flesh and Bone, Starz’s upcoming ballet school drama from Breaking Bad writer/executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. The trailer includes a flash of Sascha Redetsky (of Center Stage fame), chair throwing, and hyper-charged (and entirely cheesy) lines like, “I can’t do anything with some… » 4/28/15 9:55pm 4/28/15 9:55pm

Misadventures at Adult Beginner Drop-In Ballet

I'm not a real ballerina, and I'm not a little girl, so I'd walked by the ballet studio for years without ever thinking about taking a class. Even while I was reading about the history of dance and watching YouTube videos of Sylvie Guillem, I scarcely examined the wall of "not for me" I'd built around the concept. It… » 3/11/15 12:50pm 3/11/15 12:50pm

New Video Set to Hozier Is a Sexy Celebration of Man Spanx

This weekend, amid Andrew Hozier-Byrne taking the Grammy audience to church and conjuring witchcraft with Annie Lennox, a new "Take Me To Church" video staring dancer Sergei Polunin appeared online. The clip, directed by David LaChapelle, centers on a sensual routine by Polunin and it is very... sexy? » 2/09/15 7:45pm 2/09/15 7:45pm

British Show Big Ballet Aims to Encourage Bigger Girls to Keep Dancing

A former dancer for the Royal Ballet is launching a British TV series called Big Ballet aimed at encouraging larger dancers, which is something you just don’t hear enough of (unless you’re re-watching the now-defunct Bunheads, unwilling to accept ABC Family’s capricious decision-making process). » 9/15/13 12:30pm 9/15/13 12:30pm

Greta Gerwig on the Cultish Tendencies of Ballet Class

When future humans look back at the era of gender normative child-rearing, when parents watched their girls stumble around a dance studio and watched their boys try to decapitate a tee-ball stand, they’ll probably draw misguided conclusions, conclusions distorted by a preponderance of archived Dance Moms clips. “Wow,… » 7/13/13 6:00pm 7/13/13 6:00pm

Starz Is Developing a 'Gritty Ballet Drama,' and We Will All Probably…

If you've ever watched Breaking Bad and thought "Hmm... this could use some more pliés!" — get ready. Kill Bill producer Lawrence Bender and Breaking Bad co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett are developing a show for Starz (with a z!) about the troubled lives of professional ballerinas. If you thought it was… » 1/30/13 9:30am 1/30/13 9:30am

Ballet Director Still Recovering From Having Acid Hurled into His Face

In keeping with the proud tradition of grisly backstage ballet drama that movies have so thoroughly accustomed us to, Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the famed Bolshoi ballet, is still suffering from a vicious attack that took place on Thursday night when someone threw acid in his face. In. His. Face. Though… » 1/19/13 12:00pm 1/19/13 12:00pm

Behind the Scenes of the New York City Ballet

Ballet companies, to those of us not in the know, always seem like the most intriguing places. Like, it seems like a safe bet that they're all haunted by sad 19th century Russian ballerinas who died after being driven to madness by their multiple lovers and now spend their ghost-y days tormenting the living dancers.… » 11/08/12 1:35pm 11/08/12 1:35pm