How To Use A Fan Like A Ballerina In Don Quixote’s Kitri Variation

“How To: Use A Fan Like A Ballerina”

Since DanceLand last briefly covered BalletMet, the company has changed its name from BalletMet Columbus and I think that’s a great move. Nothing against Columbus. In fact, I got my PhD at The Ohio State University in Columbus and it’s more of a city than people realize. BalletMet fits and has a sleek feel in keeping with the increasingly high profile ballet company itself.

And speaking of education, BalletMet’s Kristie Latham demonstrates how to use a fan like a ballerina in the classic ballet Don Quixote which the company staged in March.

“Don Quixote Act 3 – Kitri Variation ft. Carrie Imler (Pacific Northwest Ballet)”

The fan is featured in the Kitri Variation, a solo performed by the ballerina taking the  role of Kitri in Don Quixote. Though BalletMet does not provide a solo video, one can see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carrie Imler up close as she rehearses the solo in the studio. Though slightly marred by the dancer wandering around in the background, it’s good to see him staying hydrated!

“Don Quixote – Act III Kitri Variation (Akane Takada, The Royal Ballet)”

And here is a live performance of the solo by Akane Takada with The Royal Ballet.

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a BFA and MA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD in Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University. In addition to staging his own works, Clyde performed with NC's New Performing Dance Company and San Francisco's The High Risk Group. Clyde returned to performing in 2015 with an improvisational project called Working Sessions.

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