To wish a performer prior to going on stage to ‘break a leg’ is a well-known practice. A pretty strange wish, actually it is meant magically to bring him luck and make sure that their performance will be a success.
Puanani Brown and Joshua Thew perform Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments" at the School of American Ballet's annual Workshop Performances, June 2007. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Photo © & courtesy of Paul Kolnik
Valrene Tweedie as an Odalisque in 'Scheherazade', Chicago, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1947-48 & Laurel Martyn in Vltava, Borovansky Ballet, 1940. Michelle Potter describes the contribution of two great figures of Australian dance.
YOU have just learnt that you will be performing a solo role in an extract or even maybe, in a full length classical ballet – your dream since you were a small child and started going to dance classes.
Dancers spend hours every day in front of mirror, analysing their reflection. It can be easy to become overly critical and obsessive about what you look like. How do you prevent such negative thinking? Lucinda Sharp advises.
Brisbane City Youth Ballet
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Eating disorders are relatively rare but, when they do strike, it is more common among adolescent girls, and particularly those in areas that demand a lean body shape. Like dance. Karen van Ulzen consulted three former dancers-turned-psychologists – Dr Gene Moyle, Dr Peta Lilley and Lucinda Sharp – on ways to ensure pupils are not put at risk.