With Alexei Ratmansky’s lush new Sleeping BeautyÂ for ABT, a compelling homage to the works of Virginia Woolf brought by Wayne McGregorÂ to the Royal Ballet, a new Mariinsky DVD release with Vishneva/Skhlyarov (always something we celebrate!), ballet documentaries like Ballet 422, and the BBC’s excellent Nureyev: Dance to FreedomÂ plus a Golden Globe nominated TV series (Flesh and Bone), there were too manyÂ favourite dance momentsÂ for us and for the dance media to pick in 2015.
So it’s over to you:
What was your favourite dance moment ofÂ 2015?
UseÂ the comment form below or email us (theballetbag [at] gmail.com). Your answers will be automatically added to our Christmas giveaway, as weÂ are teaming up with the Gaynor Minden crew to give away two pairs of pointe shoes.
This promo closes on 7Â January 2016. The two luckyÂ winners will be able to place aÂ custom order for their Gaynor Minden ballet shoes.
Entries from all over the globe are welcome.
Good luck and Merry Xmas!
Update: 11 February 2016 â€“ Promo winners are:
Melody, who commented:
“My favourite moment was seeing Michaela DePrince dance the role of Clara, in the Dutch National Balletâ€™s production of the Nutcracker. Not only is she extraordinarily talented, the sheer happiness radiated off of her, making her a perfect Clara. It is inspiring to know that more and more girls of colour are dancing lead roles nowadays. My children will grow up believing that, they too can dance the role of Clara, even if theyâ€™re not white.”
Laura, who emailed us:
“I really enjoyed Wayne McGregor’s Raven girl and the World Ballet Day live streams. But I have to say, my favorite was our own Finnish national ballet’s world premiere of Kenneth Greve’s Little mermaid. The costumes and sets were out of this world and there even wereÂ 3D effects in use. It really was a pleasure to see.”
Congratulations MelodyÂ and Laura! Weâ€™ll be in touch by email soon.
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My best Dance moment of 2015 was getting back to pointe after having my second child and being 35 years old. Having my daughter with me, who’s 12 and I have taught since she was 2, and have her be proud of me of how far I’ve come since having a stroke and told I would never dance again. There’s something to be said for determination and passion.
My favorite dance moment of 2015 was choreographing my own contemporary pointe solo for the first time at the age of 16! I am so excited to continue performing and competing the solo throughout the upcoming year in my wonderful Gaynors! The best part of performing my pointe solo is that I get to share my passion for dance as a gift to the audience. I would love the opportunity to order new Gaynor Minden pointe shoes to perform in!
My favourite moment was watching Carlos Acosta’s A Classical Selection at the London Coliseum.
My favourite dance moment was watching World Ballet Day from home with my toddler. He melted my heart by moving his little feet and spinning around after getting inspired the dancers.
My favorite dance moment of 2015 was dancincg in mountain west ballets annual nuttcracker. I was a demi solosist spanish dancer htis year and i was super excited!
MISTY COPELAND! There have been many milestones in 2015 for Misty Copeland. A Ballerina’s Tale (released October 2015), the documentary about Misty Copeland and her rise to success past barriers like race, body-image issues, and a late start in dance at 13. Misty was named a Principal Dancer with the ABT and landed a Time 100 Cover in April, made her Broadway debut in On the Town in August 2015, and continued to inspire as the face of viral Under Armour campaigns.
My favorite dance moment was when my daughter was teaching her younger brother some dance moves and put on a show for her dad and me.
My favourite dance moment of 2015 was watching Mariinsky’s new DVD release of Cinderella. It was breathtaking and illuminating for me as dancer.
The favourite moment of 2015 was Maria Riccetto in Romeo y Julieta in my country Uruguay. All the play was amazing !!!!!!
The points are for my daugther.
My favorite dance moment of 2015 was watching my 3 yr old daughters face at her first performance of nutcracker. Absolutely captivated! Which is not an easy task. Ballet is magical.
My favourite ballet moment of 2015 was auditioning for the Associate Programme at Scottish Ballet and getting a place.
My favorite ballet moments in 2015 are I had my first pair of pointe shoes and watched Sylvie Guillem’s Life in Progress. The performance was totally breathtaking.
My favorite moment was going to see the nutcracker. It made me feel in love with ballet all over again. It made me want to work harder and got better as a dancer in class and as a person as well. It help me to remember why I wanted to be a dancer in the first place.
Initially Whenever I have rehearsal is my favorite moment . I am in adolescence though I have to say my most favorite moment would say when I was given the opportunity to join the National Opera of Greece, where I spent successfully. Many thanks you and Gaynor Minden. good luck .
My favourite dance moment was going to class. Although it sounds lame, there’s nothing I’d rather spend my time on than discovering myself and pushing my limits
The happiest moment in 2015 for me was the chance I was given to appear on stage at my dance school end of year performance at the age of 51.
My favourite dance moment was taking a road trip to Sydney with a bunch of dance friends to perform at a ‘Don’t Dis my Disability Dance Extravaganza’! It was so much fun, and it was great to see so much talent all dancing for a great cause.