YOUR SUMMER (BALLET)
WARM-UP WITH
Eva AltThe dancer and founder of Ballet1 lets us into her favorite downtown studio—a quiet space to escape and create as NYC comes back to life.
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From student to teacher
How long have you been dancing?“I started when I was six years old at a small school in my hometown. Learning to jump and turn was the unlock for me, and to this day I love it most when I get off the barre and can move expansively in the center of the room.”
How has your practice evolved through the years?“I trained to become a professional ballet dancer when I was younger, and now I like to explore other styles like contemporary dance and jazz too. I think my dancing is becoming more interesting with more life experience, even though I can’t do a lot of the crazy turns and leg extensions I did when I was a teenager.”
What sparked the idea to start Ballet1?“The name was meant to sound kind of like a college elective—something you do for fun! I was looking for a ballet class that had more of an emphasis on artistry and choreography, and less of an emphasis on technique. It didn’t exist, so I decided to create this space for myself and for others.”
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“My ballet training is like a tattoo. I can’t rub it off, and I wouldn’t want to, but I’m all about movement that feels good—like the choreographer Ohad Naharin says, ‘move toward pleasure.’”
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If I’m home, I dress comfortably. Sweatpants or leggings. But if I have somewhere to go, I’m really putting effort into my outfit. It feels special to get dressed up—I’ve missed all of my clothes!
See Eva in action...
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