TMR Editor’s Note:
The following HuffPo spread on “the NYC bedroom ballerinas” is quite suspect, especially in light of the D.C. PIZZAGATE scandal.
What appears to be happening with extraordinary photo-documentaries like the following is that they are used as advertisements. Clearly, this long photo spread is something much more than it appears to be. The following comment was submitted which may shed some light on this highly dubious HuffPo ‘initiative’.
The HuffPo ballerina photo spread was way too revealing, especially with all the photos taken in their bedrooms … so it appears to be an advertisement for the rich clients who subsidize all the financially strained ballerina companies around the country.
What better way to keep the needed $$$ flowing than to sell the ballerinas to the highest bidders.
So, then, is the following parade of bedroom ballerinas really just a silent auction for the elites? If so, it seems that many of these young women may be graduates of one of the various and sundry Pedogates; perhaps even the D.C. PIZZAGATE.
The Millennium Report
December 17, 2016
Intimate Photos Take You Inside The Bedrooms Of NYC’s Ballerinas
Take a peek at where dancers live across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.
Onstage, ballerinas are focused and poised, translating an explosive amount of energy and emotion into perfectly crafted characters and movements. At home, in their bedrooms, things are a little different.
For the better part of six months, HuffPost Arts & Culture accompanied photographer Damon Dahlen on a tour of ballerinas’ apartments in New York City. We trekked across boroughs, visiting the spaces that women like Cassandra Trenary, Zhongjing Fang and Ebony Williams call home. The dancers ― who perform for the American Ballet Theater and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, as well as less traditional dance companies ― invited us into their bedrooms for an intimate series of photographs that show a different side of ballet. Without their costumes and tights, these women opened up about what makes a personal sanctuary and what helps them unwind after a big performance.
Check out the series ― and a few clips of audio from our interviews ― below.
ELINA MIETTINEN, Corps de Ballet member at American Ballet Theater
Elina Miettinen was born in Russia, lived most her life in Finland, and now resides with her husband and a yorkiepoo in a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. She describes her space as “sophisticated,” “modern,” and “romantic.”
“In rehearsal, I am obviously very focused on what I am doing and I don’t really like to talk to people much at work or during rehearsal,” she told HuffPost. “But outside of work I am completely different. I like to go out and socialize. And then in the bedroom, I am just obviously really relaxed and I just feel like myself. I feel like I can finally be like, OK, this day is over. I can take it easy and go to sleep and be with my husband and my dog. It’s two completely separate things.”
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INGRID SILVA, Dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem
Born in Brazil, Ingrid Silva lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her French bulldog, Frida Kahlo. She described her room as the place where she thinks, relaxes, sleeps ― and sometimes eats and works, too.
“I usually get back from work around six or seven,” she told HuffPost of her nightly routine. “Then I take Frida for a walk. Usually, I cook dinner and prepare food for the next day so I can take it to work or rehearsal. And then I watch TV shows and relax.”
EBONY WILLIAMS, Freelance dancer and choreographer
Ebony Williams welcomed us into her New Jersey apartment during a rare break from traveling with Beyoncé’s “Formation” tour. Since she often falls asleep on her comfortable couch, we photographed Williams in her living room, which she describes as “colorful,” “feminine,” and “dynamic.”
Discussing her nightly routine, she said, “I take a nice hot shower or bath. I play Sade, I’m so corny. I f**king love Sade. It gets you all the way relaxed. And I stretch. I roll a lot. Rolling is my friend. […] I get myself right where I need to be. I have tea every night. Sometimes I put a little whiskey in it depending on how I feel. Or sometimes I have a nice glass of red wine. And then I go to sleep. A deep, nice long sleep.”
Originally from Shanghai, China, Zhongjing Fang now lives in vintage furniture-filled studio in Manhattan. She described her space as “dreamy,” “comfortable,” and “relaxing.”
“I usually get back home and I like to make some food for myself,” she told HuffPost of her nightly routine. “I either cook some pasta or salad. I like eating Chinese food, too, because I’m from China. After eating, I will watch some movies on Netflix. That’s what I like to do ― it helps me. I also like to take a bath in my bathtub. That’s pretty much it. Just rest.”
DANIELLE SCHULZ, Dancer at the Metropolitan Opera and freelance artist
Danielle Schulz lives in a shared apartment in Brooklyn, which she describes as “bright,” “organized,” and dictated by feng shui.
Asked what her favorite part of her bedroom is, she said: “My closet. With dance, and especially freelance, I’m mostly at the Metropolitan Opera. But it’s not a full-time gig. So you kind of have to supplement it with other choreographers or print work or however it comes out. There are a lot of things that are out of your control. So with my bedroom and my house in general, it is pretty neat. I have a very organized closet. It’s nice, when you have all of these things that are out of your control, to come home to this at the end of the day.”
Skylar Brandt invited us into her childhood bedroom in Manhattan, which she describes as “quiet, “clean,” and “beautiful.”
What is her nightly routine? “It depends on how exhausted I am,” she told HuffPost. “Typically I come home, shower, eat dinner, and then get into bed and watch some of my favorite shows ― ‘Family Guy’ or ‘Adventure Time.’ And then go to sleep, just to be able to wake up for the next day.”
KATHRYN BOREN, Corps de Ballet member at American Ballet Theater
CAMILLE WORKMAN, Freelance dancer
DEVON TEUSCHER, Soloist at American Ballet Theater
CATHERINE HURLIN, Corps de Ballet member at American Ballet TheaterCatherine Hurlin, a New York City native, lives in a DIY-friendly two-bedroom in Manhattan, which she describes as “super girly.” Her favorite aspect of her home? Her bed.“My bed was the first thing that I bought,” she explained to HuffPost, recounting the early moments of living on her own in NYC. “So I feel pretty proud of it because it was my first piece of furniture […] It was the first big purchase that I made in my life.”
REBEKAH LETCH, Freelance dancer
ELISE KING, Performer with Jennifer Muller/The Works and Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company
STEPHANIE RAE WILLIAMS, Dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem
Born in Texas, Stephanie Rae Williams currently lives in Manhattan. She describes her bedroom as “colorful,” “cave-like,” and “good-smelling.”
“I really enjoy a glass of wine,” she told HuffPost, recounting her nightly routine. “I like to cook dinner or get takeout. Take a shower. And I like to just sit on my couch for like half an hour and just decompress and relax. I’m still at that age when I get FOMO. So if I do get, like, I want to go out and see what’s happening, I might take a walk. But then I usually remember that I’m exhausted and I want to go to sleep.”
STEPHANIE LO, Royal Court Dancer in “The King and I” National Tour
When we visited Stephanie Lo, she was sharing a two-bedroom apartment with her roommate in Queens, which she had organized according to the KonMari method. She described her space as “minimal,” “chill,” and “transient.”
“I love being on stage. I can do so many things on stage that I couldn’t do in real life,” she told HuffPost, nursing a foot injury at the time. “In real life, my last name is Lo and everyone says, ‘YOLO! YOLO! Do people call you that?’ And I’m like, no, that’s not really me. I just want to live methodically […] I like things to be really chill and really organized.”
SHANNON MAYNOR, Freelance dancer and artist with CelloPointe
Shannon Maynor has lived in her shared apartment in Manhattan for the past four years. She describes her bedroom as “peaceful,” “spacious,” “homey,” “artsy” and “fantastic.”
“My nightly routine involves elevating my legs for at least five minutes. I usually put them up against the wall and just let everything drain. Because by the end of the day, everything is just filled with fluid and stress. I teach as well. So sometimes I’ll rehearse all day and then go and teach until 10 o’clock at night. So that’s the first thing I do ― elevate.”
Want more? Check out some of the amazing outtakes from the shoot in the gallery below.