Bag a New Yumiko!

As ballet companies around the world kick off their new seasons (over here The Royal Ballet is ready to go, with their revival of Swan Lake), the wonderfully creative Yumiko Takeshima - whose chic leotards can be easily spotted in the studio at ballet companies everywhere – has been busy designing a brand new Yumi.

We’re teaming up again with Yumiko, to give away 2 pairs of this latest female model, the Tiffany, which has just been unveiled at the company’s boutiques:

Tiffany Leotard by Yumiko

Lucky winners will receive made to order pieces in the size they wear.

To enter, all you have to do is tell us:

What are you most looking forward to watching in the autumn dance season and why? (you can talk about any ballet, from any company, live, cinema relay or even a DVD release)

Use the comment form below or email us ( theballetbag [at] gmail.com ) by 24 October.

Entries from all over the globe are welcome. Be creative & good luck!


Update: 30 November 2012 – Promo winners are:

Jelena Marohnic, who emailed us:

I have already bought my ticket for the 23rd October live cinema relay of Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake and will watch it here in Zagreb, Croatia.

It will be my first cinema relay and my first ballet by Royal Ballet. This live cinema thing is a wonderful idea, almost magical, allowing us to see a show from a land far away. I’ve been reading reviews and interviews with dancers scheduled for the evening (Zenaida Yanowsky) on the internet and am tickled with excitement. As a ballet newbie, I cannot offer any very profound reason why this show – other than the dear familiar music and the reputation of the company.

Lily Wills, who commented:

I am so ridiculously excited for PNB’s season this year. Its their 40th anniversary and Peter Boal really pulled out all the stops. It is pretty much exactly the kind of program I would put together if I were Artistic Director (maybe someday)! I live in Portland, so my friends and I make the 3 hour drive up to Seattle every couple months to go see our (hopefully) future dance company. We already saw Carla Korbes in Cinderella, which was a dream, but I’d say that I’m most excited about the Modern Masterpieces program as well as the Director’s Choice. Its so hard to pick! I am so anxious to gobble up all the Balanchine ballets I can, and between these two programs there are 3 – Concerto Barocco (favorite!), Agon, and Diamonds! eeeeeee! Not to mention the huge bonus of a world premiere Wheeldon and Tharp’s In the Upper Room. I have a feeling I’m going to weep openly at the raw beauty.

Congratulations Jelena & Lily! We’ll be in touch by email soon.

If your entry was not picked this time, don’t worry. Check back for further Yumiko promotions soon!

79 Comments

  • October 16, 2012

    broncoken

    I can’t wait to see the San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center. They are one of the best ballet companies in the world. I saw them live a few years ago and was amazed. They are performing Romeo and Juliet, Trio, Raku and Number Nine.

  • October 16, 2012

    Alex A

    I am fortunate to live in the LA metro area, which means I have the opportunity to enjoy a “season” built of productions brought to several local theaters by a variety of companies on tour. The 12-13 year is going to be very exciting for me–it includes so many incredible performances! National Ballet of Canada is bringing Wheeldon’s _Alice_ to LA in October, Trey McIntyre Project is performing in Costa Mesa near Thanksgiving, and Hamburg and Eifman are both coming early in the new year.

    HOWEVER.

    I suspect NOTHING I see all year will amaze, move, or inspire me more than my very first production of this fall season: Akram Khan Company’s performance of his new piece, _Vertical Road_, right here at home in Irvine. I knew very little about AK before attending this production, other than that, in an unbelievable travesty that speaks to some of the utter disrespect for the arts perpetuated in my country, he and his dancers performed a piece during the Olympic opening ceremony that NBC chose to edit out in its US broadcast of the event in favor of an interview by Ryan Seacrest. (Apparently Darcey Busell was similarly cut out of the closing ceremony. Craziness!) Let me just say that after seeing the piece at Irvine Barclay, I am a newly-made Akram Khan devotee. I actually left the production in tears. I have never seen such innovative use of space. The physicality of the dancers, their quality of movement, was heartbreakingly primal and breathtaking. And two effects in particular –a semi-transparent rippling scrim-type thing in the back, and this amazing dust cloud effect generated by the dancers that left an after-trail of their movements carved into the air–gave the piece a magical quality. I’m not really describing this very well, because it’s pretty much impossible to describe, and I also don’t want to give too much away in case people get a chance to see the piece for themselves, but for anyone interested, his website has a video excerpt of the piece that will give you a good sense of what I’m talking about.

    Finally, just to reiterate how deeply I loved the piece, I want to add that as much as I truly love contemporary ballet and modern dance, in my heart I am kind of a bunhead, and usually nothing moves me quite like a beautifully delivered tutu ballet. THIS DID.

  • October 16, 2012

    Sarah Alice

    I’m looking forward to seeing ABT perform In The Upper Room! It’s a piece that I’ve always wanted to see because it’s so full of energy, and I’m so excited to finally get the chance to see it. It should be particularly exciting to see some lesser-known corps and soloist dancers performing featured roles, which is always one of my favorite things about going to the ballet.

  • October 16, 2012

    Lorry Perez

    This summer my 5 year old niece started dance lessons. The lessons that she attends at her local community center include ballet, tap, jazz, and overall movement. She lives in Arizona and I live in California so I haven’t been able to go with her to class and I missed her summer recital. But she loves to get on chat and tell me about her classes and demonstrate new steps that she has learned. She even created her own ballet, complete with original story and choreography, The Dance of the King Ice Cube and Princess Sun. She drafted her 2 year old brother and her grandmother to be in it with her, videotaped it and sent it to me. Amazing! She loves all dancing but in her words “ballet is BEST!” I am flying into Phoenix to take her to her very first ballet, Arizona Ballet’s Nutcracker. I am beyond excited to see the performance through her eyes and to feel a new excitement as two beginner ballerina’s at the ballet!

  • October 16, 2012

    Angela

    Every autumn, I have the pleasure of introducing a brand new group of students to the ballet world, as a teacher. I have spent my 20+ years in dance in Upstate, NY, where the fall foliage makes for a colorful backdrop to a new semester. I look forward to seeing our Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre perform “In a Romantic Mood Ballet” later in this month, and of course, the Russian Nutcracker in December. Not only do I have the opportunity to see dancers who were once beginners in my class flourish on stage, I will be able to perform with them. Though I am now in my 30′s (with an Engineering career), I feel I will always be a ballet student myself, and make time to teach, perform, and take classes. I hope to instill that sense of discipline in my own students, and that it will be evident this fall, in class and on stage. Ballet keeps my leaves from fading!

  • October 15, 2012

    Sarah V

    I’m excited to see New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker again this year. Always a classic.

  • October 15, 2012

    Genae M

    This year, I am most looking forward to seeing Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland, performed by the National Ballet of Canada. The razor sharp technique and breath taking port de bras of the National Ballet of Canada, combined with Wheeldon’s dynamic choreographic style, will make the ballet overtake the stage like no other. As an aspiring ballerina, I have long wanted the pleasure of observing Wheeldon’s work; and to see his newest full-length ballet performed by the stunning National Ballet of Canada is a dream come true. It will be so exciting to see this new neo-classical story ballet brought to life by some of the world’s greatest dancers. I cannot wait!

  • October 15, 2012

    Sherry Wu

    I am again so excited to see American Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker! It has a special place in my heart because it was the first performance that I ever saw! Ever since I was a baby ballerina to my present state of a pre-profesional, I have always loved the classical nutcracker. From Tchaikovcky’s elegant, soothing music to the beautiful, dream-like scenery, every second of it is a second loved! Whether I’m 1 or 101, ABT has always brought treasured memories! The dancers are truly inspirational, providing me every-day reminders to be the best that I can be. Hopefully, I’ll be dancing on the ABT stage one day! So excited about this December! Can’t wait!

  • October 15, 2012

    Juliana Bonardi

    I am most excited to go and see the NYC Ballet Nutcracker at the NYC Opera House. Also, while in NYC I will come and visit Yumiko to buy so fantastic leotards!!

  • October 15, 2012

    Veronica

    I am most excited for practicing for the Nutcracker and the Nutcracker performance. My studio does not have a lot of money, but every year they try some way to make Nutcracker happen and it does. Due to the lack of money, the Nutcracker is the only ballet that we do. I am always excited to do the Nutcracker, because it is the only time I feel I get to shine. I get to show my personality and passion for ballet and dance. I get to prove and show everybody that dance is a sport and it is a lot of hardwork. Also not only do you have dance it but have to perform and act. That’s what make the nutcracker or any ballet unique.

  • October 15, 2012

    Maggie Johnson

    I would absolutely love to see “Moves”, a ballet by Jerome Robbins, performed by New York City Ballet! I have seen excerpts of rehearsals for it on YouTube and it is beautiful! It is set to no music and the dancers must use the block of their pointe shoes, slapping of body parts, brushes, etc to make the beat! It is very contemporary for ballet which is exactly what I want to do if I become a professional! This ballet would be a dream of mine to attend!

  • October 15, 2012

    Emily

    This year, I will have the opportunity to go back to the small town of Lebanon, New Hampshire and see City Center Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker called Clara’s Dream. This company is semi-professional and it is the company that I grew up dancing with. It is so great to be able to see where the students are now compared to when I was dancing with them and a joy to see my old friends and teachers during the holiday season. The Nutcracker is one that everybody sees at one point in their lifetime, but I think that’s what makes it so spectacular. It’s one of the most well known and just puts you in the Christmas spirit. I can’t wait!

  • October 15, 2012

    Katy

    This year, believe it or not, I’m excited to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker! It’s been about 6 years since I have seen it and nothing says Christmas magic like the Nutcracker!

  • October 15, 2012

    Zoe Divina

    I live in Vancouver, Canada and I am most looking foward to seeing our local company Ballet BC’s new season. For the past few years they have been dealing with some financial debt issues but this year is looking more optimistic. In November, they are they are premiering In/Verse a new contemporary ballet. Of course I am also looking forward to the start of Nutcracker rehearsals!

  • October 15, 2012

    Kristin Smith

    I am most excited about seeing Boston ballet’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. I love this ballet because it is a magical fantasy spectacle of love. I am also a huge fan of Balenchine, who created this ballet, and it was his first original full length ballet!!!! The dancing, costumes, and music keeps me so intrigued. I also love Boston Ballet, it is one of my favorite companies in the entire world!!! The dancers are so well rounded and put in so much emotion into their dancing! So with the amazing choreography, dancers, costumes, and music, it will be a must see!

  • October 15, 2012

    Ellie

    I am looking forward to the Washington Ballet’s Dracula coming up later this month. My professor at GMU is a member of the company and has been getting us all excited about the upcoming performance. It’s great to have an amazing ballet company at my home away from home; it gets hard being so far away from PNB some times.

  • October 15, 2012

    Lily Wills

    I am so ridiculously excited for PNB’s season this year. Its their 40th anniversary and Peter Boal really pulled out all the stops. It is pretty much exactly the kind of program I would put together if I were Artistic Director (maybe someday)! I live in Portland, so my friends and I make the 3 hour drive up to Seattle every couple months to go see our (hopefully) future dance company. We already saw Carla Korbes in Cinderella, which was a dream, but I’d say that I’m most excited about the Modern Masterpieces program as well as the Director’s Choice. Its so hard to pick! I am so anxious to gobble up all the Balanchine ballets I can, and between these two programs there are 3 – Concerto Barocco (favorite!), Agon, and Diamonds! eeeeeee! Not to mention the huge bonus of a world premiere Wheeldon and Tharp’s In the Upper Room. I have a feeling I’m going to weep openly at the raw beauty.

  • October 15, 2012

    Olivia

    I’m most looking forward to seeing the VelocityDC Dance Festival—I moved to DC about six weeks ago, and I’m just starting to get to know all the local companies, big and small. I’ve seen some of the companies that are large enough to do substantial touring before, but at the festival I’ll have the opportunity to see Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the Washington Ballet alongside Company E, who I’ve been dying to see, Vincent Thomas’ company VTDance, and many others, and get a taste of what everyone is bringing to the DC dance community!

  • October 15, 2012

    Annie Cannon

    I am looking forward to the Israel Ballet’s premier of a new Itzik Gallili work–I love his choreography. They were great doing his Hikarizatto last season, and I’m excited to see what his creative mind will bring and how it will be manifested in these fantastic dancers!!

  • October 15, 2012

    Dorothy

    I am looking forward to seeing my daughter dance her first pointe role in her company’s Nutcracker. She is so excited and we are very proud of her.

  • October 15, 2012

    Tiffany Kehm

    Hello…My daughter and I are looking forward to Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker this fall season. Chloe had the wonderful opportunity to be taught by guest teachers Julia Erickson and Christine Schwaner from PBT. She attends Wexford Dance Academy, Wexford PA, where she is blessed to have Pittburgh’s finest teachers: Elizabeth Mackin Karas, David Alan Cook, Allie Greene, Aaron Ingley ,Christopher Bandy, Dana Arey, Lindy Mandradjieff, and Megan Trambley. This past summer she studied at the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her passion for ballet is growing, as well as, her technique. She buzzed about the gals wearing Yumi’s on Saturdays (non-regulation leotard day), ha ha. Thank you

  • October 15, 2012

    Dorothy

    I am looking forward to seeing my daughter dance her first pointe role in our Nutcracker. She is so excited and we are so proud of her.

  • October 15, 2012

    Cathy

    I am looking forward to seeing Post Ballet’s Robert Dekkers’ choreography/performance of “Pattern” hoping that there will be another opportunity to see the duet recently performed at the biannual festival Men in Dance opened Friday, October 12, 2012, at Broadway Performance Hall. If you haven’t heard of him, Robert Dekkers, was named one of DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2011, presented a finely crafted work with impressive nuance. [From an article written by Mariko Nagashima:] “Crooked elbows, inverted knees, and repeated minute movements, like the turning in and out of one leg as if flipping a switch, were quirky details tucked into constantly shifting shapes. The wash of golden light created an eternal dusk onstage, and the video projection of blinking orbs of light brought to mind the method by which astronomers discover planets orbiting distant stars: measuring when their light dims as the planet passes in front of it. This idea seemed to be echoed in the choreography as the two men initially moved in their own separate orbits, their shapes suddenly fitting together at center stage where a partnered section of pivots and slides ensued. Rovert is an awesome dancer/choreographer/artist, and definitely one who will touch the skies!!

  • October 15, 2012

    Lauren M

    I am looking forward to seing Justin Peck’s Year of The Rabbit. I think its really cool to see famous dancers choreagraphing!

  • October 15, 2012

    Mari H.

    I look forward to the collaboration between Alonzo King and Hubbard Street and the wonderful performances to come. I love both companies dearly and seeing them working together might just be too much for me to handle :) Seriously cannot wait!

  • October 15, 2012

    Olivia Behrmann

    The thing I am looking forward to the most is the release of First Position coming out on DVD. I saw that movie at least 6 times, and I love it so much! I had so much in common with the 6 featured dancers because I do YAGP just like them. This year, I placed 3rd in classical (and top 12 in contemporary) and got to go to NYC for the finals. It was so much fun and a great experience. It was my first time going to New York (and then I went back for summer), and I want to go back so bad!

  • October 15, 2012

    Olivia Behrmann

    The thing I am looking forward to is First Position coming out on DVD! I saw the movie at least 6 times, and I love it so much! I had so much to relate to because I do YAGP like all 6 of the featured dancers do! This past year, I placed 3rd in classical (and top 12 in contemporary) and got to go to NYC for the finals!

  • October 15, 2012

    Lindy Smith

    I am most looking forward to The Little Prince performed by Columbia City Ballet. William Starett’s choreography and direction promises to be amazing !!! As a dancer, William was awesome but his take on choreography always leaves us wanting more !!

  • October 15, 2012

    Aida

    Looking forward to catching several performances this year of Miami City Ballet under the new direction of Lourdes Lopez. Specially looking forward to Program II which will present the world premiere ballet by Liam Scarlett. Additionally the program will include two George Balanchine works — Divertimento No. 15 and Duo Concertant. The program will close with Don Quixote Pas de Deux. Can’t wait!

  • October 15, 2012

    Tierney Sorensen

    I am most looking forward to Arantxa Ochoa’s final performances in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Giselle. I remember when I went to see the Nutcracker when I was younger, and she performed Arabian; she was breathtaking. I love her loyalty to the Pennsylvania Ballet; she has been a dancer with them since 1996. I cannot wait to see the passion she has when performing her last show. I know she will captivate the audience. I am also excited to see her start as Principle Teacher at the new school of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She will be able to pass on her amazing technique and quality of dance to many ballet dancers to come.

  • October 15, 2012

    Carla Foster

    I am most excited to see Miami City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker live this autum season! I have gone to see this performance by Miami City Ballet evey single year since I was little, and it is so spectacular that I still constantly look forward to it all year! When I was 5 and 6 years old, I was even a dancer in their production as an angel and a soldier. Dancing beside principal dancers that I look up to, had to be the most magical experience of my life. I am currently a dancer now, with Boca Ballet Theatre, in Florida and my dream is to one day be in Miami City Ballet’s company as a promcipal ballerina performing the Nutcracker.

  • October 15, 2012

    Megan M

    I am looking forward to seeing many performances this year, but I am most excited to see what Cinncinati Ballet will do with the ballet, Alice. It is a performance about Alice in wonderland, that looks more edgier. The costumes are being borrowed from the Washington Ballet, and in pictures from their performance, the costumes are to die for! The queen of hearts wears a tutu that is square and it looks like an actual card! All of the costumes are amazing, but I am so excited to see this tutu on stage! I can not wait to see this more contemporary spin on a classic story!

  • October 15, 2012

    Allegra Aguiar

    I’m most looking forward to seeing the mariinsky ballet in swan lake because of the huge names they are bringing over like ulyana lopatkina and ekaterina kondaurova, two of my favorite ballerinas

  • October 15, 2012

    Amanda

    I can’t wait for tomorrow (!) to see the Mariinsky Ballet’s performance of Cinderella at the Kennedy Center in DC. I’ve been on a Russian ballet kick since the spring and am looking forward my first Mariinsky ballet!

  • October 15, 2012

    Nancy G

    I am headed to Los Angeles next Sunday to see the National Ballet of Canada’s production of Alice in Wonderland. It is the Christopher Wheeldon version. So very happy that they are coming. I have loved this version of the ballet since I watched the DVD of the Royal Ballet perform it.

  • October 15, 2012

    Juanita

    I’m looking forward to seeing All Premiere at PNB with a premiere of a new Mark Morris!

  • October 15, 2012

    Maddie K

    I cannot wait to see the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake. The Royal Ballet is one of my favorite ballet companies. The precision of their corps de ballet and the beautiful artistry of their principal and soloist dancers will bring Swan Lake the elegance and beauty that it was choreographed to display. Swan Lake is also one of my favorite ballets. The technical difficulty and the beautiful emotions of the ballet are captivating. Cannot wait!

  • October 15, 2012

    Lisa Danowski

    Looking forward to watching my daughter’s performance in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Giselle!

  • October 15, 2012

    Brittany Garza

    I am looking forward to seeing my dancers on-stage in the Nutcracker. It is the first time a few have done solos, and I am just bouncing with joy and excitement to see how it all comes together. :)

  • October 15, 2012

    Briana B

    Even though it sounds silly, I am looking forward to seeing the DVD of the fall program from my own company, Ballet Ariel. This year we danced excerpts from La Bayadere; a comedic piece based on the humor of the 1920s and Charlie Chaplain; and a world debut of choreography based on legends about the beginning of fire, called “Fire Dances.” It was very visually stimulating and SUCH a fun (and difficult) piece to dance, that I can’t wait to see what it felt like to be in the audience!

  • October 15, 2012

    Clara blanco

    I am looking forward to see the new Christopher wheeldon’s Cinderella created on sfb and get national. He is an amazing and created choreographer who is rising fast.

  • October 15, 2012

    Ellie

    I’m looking forward to seeing Swan lake by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House. I was given some very generous vouchers when I left my last job and so for once have seats in the stalls. I’m taking my sister who is visiting London for the occasion, we’re going to make a whole day of it. I love the Opera House it’s very beautiful and wandering around the surrounding Covent Garden is always lovely too. Am counting down the days until my treat.

  • October 13, 2012

    Anne

    I really am dying to see The Little Mermaid at the Hamburg Ballett by John Neumeier. I live nearby Hamburg but have never actually been to the ballet there and I have listened to several podcast from the SF ballet about the Little Mermaid and it sounds enchanting. Fingers crossed that I can go!

  • October 7, 2012

    Jennifer C

    I am looking forward to the new Ballet San Jose season because after a tough year last year with changing leadership & tough economic times–this season the live symphony returns to accompany the wonderful dancers on stage. I am really looking forward to seeing the new BSJ dancers as well that joined this season–from seasoned companies like SF Ballet and Trey McIntyre–as the talent continues to grow at BSJ, I am excited to support my local dance company!

  • October 5, 2012

    Pauline Cheng

    I’m so looking forward to National Ballet of Canada bringing Alice in Wonderland to LA. I followed the Alice hoopla around London and Toronto last season over social media (thanks Ballet Bag ladies!) with envy in my heart. And now to see it at home! And from my home town company too! It’s hard to be a dance lover in LA when so much of the most exciting things are happening elsewhere. I love it when companies come to town with new things. It is so inspiring!

  • October 4, 2012

    Rebecca Voigt

    I live in Detroit, where unfortunately we don’t have a resident professional ballet company. Luckily, we do have the Detroit Opera House and its fantastic annual dance season. This fall, the season opens with New York City Ballet Moves in their first ever performance at the Opera House, and I AM SO EXCITED!!! I have never seen NYCB live, and I can’t wait to see what rep they bring to Detroit! I’m also spoiling myself with a trip to Seattle for my birthday, and I have tickets to see Pacific Northwest Ballet’s All Premieres, featuring world premieres by Mark Morris, Kiyon Gaines, Andrew Bartee, and Margaret Mullin. Between NYCB in Detroit and PNB in Seattle, that’s two world-class ballet performances on opposite sides of the country, within a week of each other. I am one lucky girl!!!

  • October 4, 2012

    Pink Lady

    Living in Paris, I’m very looking forward to the world premiere of “Sous apparence” (“Behind/under appearances”) by newbie choreographer Marie-Agnès Gillot. The lady has been a principal of Paris Opera Ballet for many years and she has distinguished herself by her powerful approach of contemporary works. She’s planned to put men on point shoes for her first work and some stunning rehearsal photos are already spreading on social medias – Paris Opera has even set up a mini-website on that occasion, so I’m longing to find out more on October 31st!

  • October 4, 2012

    Ana

    The first ballet performance I will be attending this season, is Don Quixote at our local theater here in Serbia. Not only is this one of my favorite ballets, it is also a huge achievement for the the local company to be able to even produce it, seeing that there is a lack of dancers, a lack of funding, and worst of all, a lack of interest in classical ballet. This is, perhaps, the first classical ballet show that has been able to fill the theater every single time – it brought a new audience to our local ballet company, and since first putting it on stage they have been able to produce another big classical ballet, The Nutcracker, and a production of Sleeping Beauty is planned for spring season. I should also mention that this particular show that I am attending in October falls on my birthday, which makes it even more special to me.
    Other than that, I am also looking forward to Serbia finally getting those cinema relays, starting with the Bolshoi’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter in November.

  • October 4, 2012

    Julie

    I am simply bouncing off the edge of my seat waiting to see Houston Ballet’s annual, one-night-only-show Jubilee of Dance in November. It is a mixed repertoire that embodies Houston Ballet, playing off the strengths and characters of the company members. I am an adoring fan of Stanton Welch’s choreography, and am always excited to see the tremendous variety he is able to produce. As I have long aspired to be a future company member with them, this annual show has been (and continues to be) the highlight of my year, continually rejuvenating my spirit for ballet.

  • October 3, 2012

    Ania mieszkowska

    I am looking forward to Eugene Onegin at San Francisco Ballet. I didn’t get to see it last year and at least two people whose opinion I respectsaw it and said it was wonderful…and Yuan Yuan Tan is so very very lovely to watch. I don’t know the ballet of Onegin…but know the Opera and the story. I am looking forward to seeing it translated to my favorite artistic form…ballet!