I think I was around fifteen/sixteen years old when I first realized how madly in love I am with dancing. Some people think this has always been the case when they meet me today. But to be honest: dancing before that was not my favorite kind-off sport (today I wouldn’t even call it sport anymore, I like to consider it a form of art). At the age of three my Mum took me to ballet class. Well, a dance class where you spin around a little, jump and just have fun. Because of my Dads work we moved places quite often and in every new city I would face a new dance studio, new people, new boundaries. Besides dancing I have always been very active and tried many different sports such as swimming, football, horse riding, badminton, athletics etc. and I was good in all of those fields. I just basically knew what type of sport fits me and my needs. I was horrible at volleyball in school and therefore I would never have taken …
Rainy weekend days are made for visiting the museum and Berlin just offers such a great variety. Since a few weeks the Bode Museum is hosting the exhibition „Canova und der Tanz“ (Canova and the dance). This exhibition features works of the Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova. As a special highlight they offer guided tours (approx. 60 minutes long) with a little performance of a corps de ballet dancer from the Staatsballett Berlin (this could have been a little longer in my opinion). The ballet dancer also wears a recreation of the dress worn by the Canovas famous sculpture „The Dancer“ and you somehow visualize the whole scenery on how the sculptor created this piece. These tours are limited and you certainly need to book a ticket in advance however the exhibition is also worth a visit without the tour. Bode Museum Berlin Am Kupfergraben 10117 Berlin What To Wear to this location
Those of you who are following us on Instagram and Facebook have probably seen that I’m currently back in New York. But not for Fashion Week as many may think but to follow my passion: dancing. It has become a tradition to visit this city every year to train, be inspired and get new ideas. Again it has been a true pleasure for me and it will be so hard to leave on Monday. I somehow feel a little more attached to the city than the years before and enjoy each and every moment. I hope I can come back soon and train even more. For now I love sharing some snaps with you and over the next weeks you will be able to experience more #newyorkguide posts.
Isabelle, raised in Bordeaux, left France and her family with 15 years to become a ballet dancer. She has danced as a professional ballet dancer for 18 years, performing almost the whole classical repertoire but also various modern pieces in Germany, Switzerland and on tour all over the world. Isabelle discovered Pilates in the late nineties after a serious foot injury. She now is a certified Pilates teacher and will be opening a new Pilates Studio “The Pilates Movement, Isabelle Pollet Villard” in Berlin Mitte (soon just five minutes from Rosenthaler Platz Subway station). When you were a child, what did you dream of being? I wanted to dance but I also remember wanting to be an archeologist for a while. Brushing the sand and dust off old stones and bones was what I was keen on. I guess this is one of my character features that led me to become a ballet dancer and now Pilates coach… always searching for those little details, clearing the “dust” to find the perfect shape, position, posture. What …
I‚m back from a short but intense trip to Palma de Mallorca. It was an absolute pleasure to spend some quality time with two of my closest friends in this lovely town. In the next couple of weeks you will see a lot more impressions of this trip and some great tips on what to do, see and where to eat. During our visit we stay at an AirBnB flat with a marvelous roof terrace and a stunning view. In the afternoon/evening the light was just perfect to snap some summer pictures. We felt at home right away. Dress – Zara Sunglasses – RayBan
Since nine years I have been a part of the Dance Academy Marita Erxleben. Each year we create a ballet inspired by a fairy tale. Over the years this has become a true tradition for me and since 2013 I started to snap some backstage pictures during rehearsals and performances. I love pictures taken from the audience area but my favorites are those that take you behind the main stage. This is the actual location where all the magic happens in my opinion. You can feel the tension, the excitement and the passion everyone shares. Here you see moments of joy, anxiety and anticipation. If you ever get the chance to work at a theater, take it. Here you are able to experience new roles and just escape the daily life.
When looking at these images I certainly remember why I practice this form of art. The grace, the beauty, the strength and the effortlessness is just divine. And perfectly captured by the team behind the NYC Dance Project, Ken Browar and Deborah Ory. Capturing the right moment in dance through photography isn’t easy and it takes time to develop the right eye. But these two are just amazing and are true leaders in this form of craft. Make sure to pre-order their book, filled with delicately chosen pictures.
What dreams are made of… On the 23rd of May the Staatsballett Berlin presented the costume exhibition „Gems of Tutu Art“ to the public. Curated by Lorenzo Caprile and Dorothea Katzer at Bikini Berlin. The two curators have selected the most beautiful costumes from the collection of the Staatsballett Berlin. The selection reaches from classical tutus of the Romantic ballets to modern interpretations. The exhibition can be visited from 23 to 31 May 2016 during the opening times of the mall. So be quick and visit this temporary exhibition. Bikini Berlin Budapester Straße 38 – 50 10787 Berlin What To Wear
Stephanie Lee Goldhahn is a professional ballet dancer, currently living in Belgrade Serbia and working in the National Theatre. Originally from Australia her love of dance, which turned into a profession swept her up into traveling the world. She was the first Australian ballet dancer to be given a contract and employed as a soloist artist with the Imperial Russian Ballet and during this time was commended and written about by ballet critics of her debut performance of Cupid in Don Quixote. She’s currently engaged to Russian ballet dancer Daniil Kolmin and in the process of planning her wedding. Her love of writing has recently spurred her onto creating her own dance mixed with fashion blog, and her and Daniil’s wedding blog. When you were a child, what did you dream of being? When I was a child I really wanted to become an Olympic swimmer. I was really small, but very fast. My nickname was „Goldfish“ (because my last name is Goldhahn) at competitions, I even believed one day I’d bring home a gold …
Last weekend my dancer colleague Davina and I took the chance to snap some spring inspired pictures under these beautiful blooming trees. They just make the perfect backdrop for such pictures and when they bloom you have to be real quick because as quickly as they grow the blossoms will be gone again just after a stormy day.