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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Video: Ballet dancer's day from hell

Former New York City Ballet star Edward Villella talks about his career, and (from about 5:25 on ) about just how physically demanding ballet is.
Wonderful clips from Balanchine's Tarantella, Glinkiana, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Rubies, and Villella recalls a day which would rank as every dancer's nightmare.

A&E Revue: Edward Villella from Lalita Khosla on Vimeo.

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2 comments:

  1. Wow, just LOVED that. Particularly the candid backstage footage after that 5:25 mark. So amazing to watch that side of a dancer and then to see them spring back onstage with a smile.

    Am still shaking my head over the way the Miami City Ballet unceremoniously dumped him. Do you know what he's doing now? Hopefully something worthy - he is such a legend and deserving of so much respect.

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    1. He was at Saratoga for NYCB's "Rubies Ball" this weekend and looked in fine form when he gave a speech before Rubies. I believe he's coaching various Balanchine ballets at various places.

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