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Ballet and Love from Diana Vishneva

Hannah Hart Beat - Ballet with Diana Vishneva

Morning, Hart Beat. Happy Friday! How is your day going? Last night I was scrolling through my newsfeed and found a video and interview that made me stop and just stare for three minutes and twenty seconds. And then three minutes and twenty seconds more again and again until I had watched the entire thing four or five times.

I grew up dancing and ballet was always my favorite. I sometimes wish I could go back to it but it’s not a physically easy thing to do. When I was living in New York I did try to go see a live ballet once a year with some of my friends and it was always a highlight. Being in Western Massachusetts for part of the summer I’m hoping to get to Jacob’s Pillow at least a few times to see the dance.

The video, which you can watch here below, comes via The New Yorker‘s Facebook page. According to the magazine, “To witness what’s so good about Russian ballerinas, one only has to watch Diana Vishneva rehearse ‘Onegin.’ The principal dancer leaves American Ballet Theatre tomorrow, after thirteen years, with a performance of the John Cranko ballet.”

 

What did you think of the video, Hart Beat? It’s arresting to watch, isn’t it? There’s something about the body movement and Diana’s words brought such emotion to me. Here is transcribed one of the things that she said near the end of the video. For me, what she says about dance expressing things that nothing else can is often how I feel about poetry or novels. I love hearing someone else’s thoughts on seeing the world this way.

I have always had some kind of idea of what I want, where I’m going. At this point I want to be more than a performer. The world is different now. Every artistic statement is a statement of the present moment.

The moment when the performance unfolds is when life and time stop for me.

Why do I dance? The things that dance can express are almost impossible to express by any other means. What it is that tugs at the human heartstrings, the delicate edge of your soul. This became my path, my life. I have found meaning in it.

— Diana Vishneva

Hannah Hart Beat - Ballet with Diana Vishneva

Photos, video, and quote all via The New Yorker Facebook.

You’re Just My Type

Hannah Hart Beat

ITS THURSDAY AFTERNOON and it’s so nice in New York I’m getting that antsy feeling when all the windows at work are open and your legs are itching to move. You feeling it too, Hart Beat? To help us all get through the next few hours, here’s a song that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. It’s bouncy and fun and makes me want the whole world to break out into a synchronized dance. If that’s not happening to you (sad times here) then there’s the great music video for the song. It feels like a great James Bond scene and I love the focusing on all the eyes.

Anyway, hope you enjoy “Just My Type” by Saint Motel tonight. Listen to it while you finish those last emails. Listen to it while you ride down on the elevator and walk onto the street. I know I will be.

Hannah Hart Beat

Behind the scenes at The Nutcracker

Hannah Hart Beat

Hey Hart Beat! Over the weekend New York Magazine shared something super cool on their Instagram that I thought you might like to see. The magazine posted a series of exclusive behind-the-scenes look backstage at the New York City Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker.

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The photos are so captivating and remind me how much I love the ballet. Growing up I danced for about 8 years (till I hit fun times puberty in high school) and since then I’ve always loved watching documentaries and even sometimes going to watch the performances in New York. And these photos, I mean, what’s more holiday than The Nutcracker? Check out these photos and more on The New York Magazine‘s instagram account.

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All photos by @dalberda.

Ballet style

Hi Hart Beat! I am so happy to be back in Brooklyn! It was so nice to get away from the snow and cold here for a while but I did miss writing to you all so much. I’ve been noticing this blush pink color popping up everywhere in the spring lines debuting this week for all the Spring/Summer 2014 lines. I love the color, what do you think? It reminds me so much of the old days when I used to dance ballet. So, in honor of that thought and the hint of spring in the air, here are some beautiful ballet photos to inspire your wardrobe this week.

Top three photos are of the beautiful and talented Heather Ogden.
The fourth comes via this site.
P.P.S. One of my secret favorite songs featuring a ballet studio in the music video…

Can’t stop, won’t stop

Oh hey there Hart Beat. How’s your Monday night going? Fine? Really….. Wellll, I have the best surprise for you! My best friend M. informed me tonight that the new White Panda album has officially dropped. (Kanya and White Panda all in one week??!)

You can download the entire album on their facebook page or just listen to the songs here in this convenient youtube video. I’m obsessed and I know what I’ll be running (dancing?) to until I leave for Spain in two weeks. It’s been on repeat all night long, dios mio. (Just skip to 7 minutes in, okay?)

“Bearly Legal” by The White Panda

Can’t stop, won’t stop

Oh hey there Hart Beat. How’s your Monday night going? Fine? Really….. Wellll, I have the best surprise for you! My best friend M. informed me tonight that the new White Panda album has officially dropped. (Kanya and White Panda all in one week??!)

You can download the entire album on their facebook page or just listen to the songs here in this convenient youtube video. I’m obsessed and I know what I’ll be running (dancing?) to until I leave for Spain in two weeks. It’s been on repeat all night long, dios mio. (Just skip to 7 minutes in, okay?)

“Bearly Legal” by The White Panda

Friday night in Williamsburg

Good morning Hart Beat. How was your Friday night? My roommate Hannah and I had a fun time in Williamsburg and I wanted to share some pictures with you all out there in the internet world. My amazing friend M. from study abroad now lives on the lower east side with a good friend and last night her roommate Morgan preformed her senior year dance piece at Public Assembly. I had seen her piece, “Last Chance for Bronze,” preformed by Morgan and others at Conn College last spring and I was so excited to hear that she was preforming it again in the city.

The piece is beautiful and emotional and Morgan preforms it with such talent that I was honored to see it again. I didn’t have my camera on my but here are some pictures I snapped on my iphone. Thank you so much Morgan for the show!

P.S. Then Hannah and I stumbled into a Rod and Gun meeting/concert/apartment party. I was just like being back in Maine at Bates. That with a little Bass Pro Shop thrown into the mix. Oh Brooklyn, I love you.