Spotlight http://www.capezio.com/spotlight Your Resource for Dance News! Fri, 01 May 2015 19:12:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tours to South Africa http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater-tours-to-south-africa/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater-tours-to-south-africa/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 19:12:16 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15892 After completing an 18-city national tour, a summer season at Lincoln Center and a four-week engagement in Paris at Les Étés de la Danse International Dance Festival in July, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to South Africa from

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After completing an 18-city national tour, a summer season at Lincoln Center and a four-week engagement in Paris at Les Étés de la Danse International Dance Festival in July, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to South Africa from September 3-20.

This will be the first time in 17 years the company has performed there, with performances and extensive educational activities being presented in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The visit will recall the company’s historic 1997 residency when the country was post-apartheid and had just terminated the international cultural boycott.

Read more about Upcoming Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances at Dance Informa.

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2015 Emerson Spring to Dance Festival http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/2015-emerson-spring-to-dance-festival/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/2015-emerson-spring-to-dance-festival/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 19:11:33 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15896 On Memorial Day Weekend, 30 professional dance companies will hit the stage at Touhill Performing Arts Center to perform at the Emerson Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. Running May 22-24, the festival will offer various styles, including

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On Memorial Day Weekend, 30 professional dance companies will hit the stage at Touhill Performing Arts Center to perform at the Emerson Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, Missouri.

Running May 22-24, the festival will offer various styles, including ballet, contemporary, tap and tango. Each night presents a different program, with the schedule first opening with Festive Fun in the Lobby, then smaller dance troupes in Lee Theater before main stage performances in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall.

Companies performing at the festival include Ohio’s Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Saint Louis Ballet, California’s ODC/Dance, Oklahoma City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, MADCO, Grand Rapids Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, New York’s Buglisi Dance Theatre, Camille A. Brown & Dancers and Northwest Dance Project.

Read more about the 8th Emerson Spring to Dance Festival at Dance Informa.

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“Fault Lines” in Sydney and Canberra http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/fault-lines-in-sydney-and-canberra/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/fault-lines-in-sydney-and-canberra/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 19:10:43 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15900 The unique collaboration Fault Lines is touring to Sydney and Canberra in Australia on June 11-16. It depicts the human response to the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Sichuan province of China. The production, which had its

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The unique collaboration Fault Lines is touring to Sydney and Canberra in Australia on June 11-16. It depicts the human response to the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Sichuan province of China.

The production, which had its world premiere at the Melbourne Festival in October 2012, was created through an exclusive partnership between New Zealand choreographer Sara Brodie and China’s Sichuan province-based Leshan Song & Dance Troupe.

It’s a roller coaster journey that is at once a sincere elegy to those lost as well as a stirring tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.

Read more about Fault Lines in Sydney and Canberra at Dance Informa.

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Pilobolus Dance Theater back on the road again http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/pilobolus-dance-theater-back-on-the-road-again/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/pilobolus-dance-theater-back-on-the-road-again/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:09:45 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15734 Pilobolus Dance Theater is currently touring North America, with upcoming performances in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Washington, Virginia and North Carolina. This renowned dance group presents a mixed bill of works, showcasing the versatility of the performers and the diversity of

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Pilobolus Dance Theater is currently touring North America, with upcoming performances in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Washington, Virginia and North Carolina.

This renowned dance group presents a mixed bill of works, showcasing the versatility of the performers and the diversity of the repertory.

On June 20, the company will conclude its season of touring at the 2015 American Dance Festival, presenting its third performance featuring a newly commissioned work.

Read more about Pilobolus on tour at Dance Informa.

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Elite male dancers unite for shows in Japan http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/elite-male-dancers-unite-for-shows-in-japan/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/elite-male-dancers-unite-for-shows-in-japan/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:09:05 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15730 CSB International will present GQ2015: Gabby in three major Japanese cities—Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka—this summer. This production will bring together some of the world’s top male dancers, with performers from ballet to contemporary to jazz to street dance. This exclusive

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CSB International will present GQ2015: Gabby in three major Japanese cities—Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka—this summer.

This production will bring together some of the world’s top male dancers, with performers from ballet to contemporary to jazz to street dance. This exclusive collaboration will include U.S.-based performers as well, like Aris from Quest Crew and Rasta Thomas, founder of Bad Boys of Dance.

GQ2015: Gabby is set to open June 10 at Ex Theater Roppongi in Tokyo. Then it’ll tour to Fukuoka’s Canalcity Theatre and Osaka’s Morinomiya Piloti Hall.

Read more about GQ2015: Gabby at Dance Informa.

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Royal New Zealand Ballet presents “Salute” http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/royal-new-zealand-ballet-presents-salute/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/royal-new-zealand-ballet-presents-salute/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:08:16 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15738 The Royal New Zealand Ballet collaborates with the New Zealand Army Band and various distinguished Kiwi composers and choreographers, like Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, to mark the centenary of World War I. The mixed bill will

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet collaborates with the New Zealand Army Band and various distinguished Kiwi composers and choreographers, like Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, to mark the centenary of World War I.

The mixed bill will premiere in Wellington on May 22 before touring to Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Takapuna, Auckland and Napier.

A program arranged with all New Zealanders in mind, Salute also features choreography by Johan Kobborg and Jiří Kylián.

Read more about The Royal New Zealand Ballet in Salute at Dance Informa.

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Capezio spotlights BalletNext dancers in new Catalog http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/capezio-spotlights-balletnext-dancers-in-new-catalog/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/capezio-spotlights-balletnext-dancers-in-new-catalog/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:14:42 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15640 Capezio Athlete Michele Wiles and dancers from her four-year-old New York dance company BalletNext were recently chosen to be the muses for the beloved brand’s new Spring 2015 Catalog. Wiles, a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, is fresh off

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Capezio Athlete Michele Wiles and dancers from her four-year-old New York dance company BalletNext were recently chosen to be the muses for the beloved brand’s new Spring 2015 Catalog. Wiles, a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, is fresh off her formal choreographic debut, having just premiered her first work at New York Live Arts in February. Her lovely female dancers joined her in early March at Industria, a popular studio for fashion photo shoots located in the heart of Manhattan’s meatpacking district.

“Capezio invited us to take part in this photo shoot after they visited one of our rehearsals one day,” Wiles recounted. “We have this synergy – very similar ideas about technique and tradition, but also about innovation, development, collaboration and moving forward. It was this great fit for BalletNext and Capezio to partner for this photo shoot. It was so exciting!”

BalletNext in Capezio

Capezio has supported BalletNext since its formation in 2011. Now, for the first time, company dancers are featured in a nationally-released catalog with images shot by photographers Abbey Drucker and Patrick Randak and coordinated by Capezio’s Melissa Brannan, Julie DeLoca, Maddy Gladman, Megan Hessel and Bernadette Vitale.

Julie DeLoca said, “I wanted to work with Michele when I saw how she was pushing the boundaries of traditional ballet by incorporating new dance genres, fashion-forward costumes and live music into her process and choreography. I applaud people who challenge the status quo and are innovative while still being true to the culture and technique of ballet. This process is very much in synch with Capezio, a brand that started making shoes for ballet dancers in 1887 and has evolved over the last 128 years to make footwear and apparel for every conceivable genre of dance without ever abandoning the traditions of our heritage.”

In the catalog, BalletNext’s classically-trained dancers model products from Basics, Dance Active, Once Upon A Skirt and Modern Romance lines. Wiles said she is thrilled with how the photos turned out. “I am so happy and honored! I opened it and just swooned!,” she exclaimed.

To prepare for the shoot, Wiles and the dancers were brought out to Capezio’s New Jersey offices to try on the new dancewear. A week later, they met for a daylong photo shoot that featured a few child models as well.

“The photographers were wonderful and I loved that they all were prepared and knew what they wanted to accomplish. The female photographer [Abbey Drucker] was very fashion-aware and I loved her ideas on how to pose us. She gave us feedback on what it was about – an emotion, a certain look, etc. – which I really enjoyed,” Wiles said.

BalletNext dancer Gracie Huber, who previously danced with Grand Rapids Ballet, said her favorite products were from the Dance Active Line, which feature sleek grey and black leotards, racerback bras, and a form-flattering convertible panel jacket.

BalletNext, Michele Wiles in Capezio

Michele Wiles and BalletNext model for Capezio.

“One thing that I loved about this shoot was seeing all of the passion and excitement in every person involved behind the scenes to put this together,” Huber said.

Dancer Amy Saunder, also a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington D.C., agreed with Huber. She said she loved The Dance Active line because its products are “comfortable, flattering and also super hip.”

“From the rustic brick setting to all the makeup and hair product, the Capezio shoot left me feeling quite glamorous! Music was blasting and everyone involved was buzzing with good, fun energy,” Saunder recounted.

BalletNext dancer Tiffany Mangulabnan said she loved the Diamond Lattice line because it is “so feminine but also modern.” A former principal dancer with the Philippine Ballet Theatre, Mangulabnan has also performed with Terra Firma Dance Theatre and been featured as a soloist in Stuart Loungway’s ballets Stagioni and Mockingbird since moving to New York from the Philippines in 2012.

Mangulabnan said, “I liked the freedom we had in the different shoots we did with photographer Abbey Drucker. Even though there was maybe a ballet/fashion sort of language barrier sometimes, it was a lot of fun playing with different ideas from the two worlds and trying to bring them together. I also really loved working with the makeup artist Jodie Boland – she had wonderful energy on set!”

Wiles, who has modeled for many prestigious photographers, commends Capezio on its professionalism. She gushed over the new lovely products too. “I loved their materials. They were so soft!” she exclaimed.

BalletNext dancers in Capezio.

BalletNext dancers in Capezio.

Dancers also got to enjoy wearing many different Capezio dance shoes. Wiles got to model in the new Airess pointe shoes, as well as the half-sole, canvas Pirouettes for the activewear. “I wore these for the first time for the shoot. They were quite comfortable and make your feet look great,” she explained.

In a recent phone interview, Wiles concluded by sharing that BalletNext is overjoyed to be featured in this catalog and to be associated with Capezio, who supports the company as it continues to expand and move forward. She encouraged any advanced dancers who were interested in the company to come out to its upcoming audition on Saturday, May 23 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Ailey Studios in NYC.

In addition, Wiles invites dancers to join a BalletNext company class held on one of the following dates: April 17, 20, 22, 24 and 29, as well as on May 1, 4, 12 and 14. Advanced sign up is required. More details are available at www.balletnext.com/classes.

BalletNext recently wrapped up its fourth fundraising gala “YNEXT” on March 26, which produced an evening of dance and celebration to benefit ongoing youth arts education programs. The company is now preparing for upcoming classes at the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA. Wiles will also appear in Connecticut and Oklahoma soon in lecture-demonstrations.

In exciting news, Wiles also announced that the company has recently secured two weeks at New York Live Arts for next year. Dance fans can anticipate two seasons dedicated to elevating the art of ballet into new and innovative areas.

By Chelsea Thomas of Dance Informa.

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8 Essentials for Your Competition Dance Bag http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/8-essentials-for-your-competition-dance-bag/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/8-essentials-for-your-competition-dance-bag/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:08:37 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15610 1. Healthy snacks…and maybe a little candy in there too You need healthy snacks to keep you going. i.e. water, granola bars, bananas, and Gatorade. A little candy can’t hurt, though. Just not too much sugar, as it may make

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1. Healthy snacks…and maybe a little candy in there too

You need healthy snacks to keep you going. i.e. water, granola bars, bananas, and Gatorade. A little candy can’t hurt, though. Just not too much sugar, as it may make you jittery and crashing out during awards may not be the smartest plan.

2. All of your dance shoes (even if you’re not doing that specific dance that day)

It is your responsibility to bring all of your dance shoes, all weekend. Some studios have a demerit system, and you know you’re getting a demerit if you wear your jazz shoes for your hip hop dance. Also, you never know what is going to happen. They might have to move your large group performance to a different day for some reason. Pack all of your shoes, just in case!

3. Extra everythingtights, gloves, hair ties, bobby pins, band aids…the list goes on

Being overly prepared is never a bad thing. Especially when you’re putting on your fishnets and they get a snag. Breathe…you brought extra.

4. Make up (including chap stick for dry lips)

We all know how important make up is for competitions. Just make sure to bring your own make up, it’s not a good idea to borrow mascara. Hello pink eye! And don’t share lipsticks either – cold sores are no fun.

5. Headphones

These are essential for getting you ‘in the zone’. Especially before your solo, so you can limit distractions and you can rehearse on your own backstage.

Capezio Dance Active

Don’t forget to bring comfy clothes to wear during the awards and for traveling home, like the Contour Workout Top and Studio Crop Pant from Capezio’s Dance Active range above.

6. Tiger balm

You’re dancing all day long. Your muscles need relief and tiger balm or icy hot can help your sore muscles. Bunheads Muscle and Joint Gel is great choice too as it’s made with minerals and essential oils to relieve joint and muscle aches and stimulate cell turnover . Try not to use too much right before you go on stage, though, because you can be more prone to injury.

7. Make up remover wipes

Because once you’re finished dancing, you take off your fake eyelashes and competition make up does not look cute without falsies. Also, for the sake of your skin, it is smart to remove that make up as soon as possible. The worst thing you can do at competition is sleep in your make up. Hello pimples!

8. Extra clothes/joggers/jacket

Awards! Time to put on your studio jacket or cover-up and joggers. The worst feeling in the world is sitting around at the end of your dancing day waiting for awards in your costume because you forgot your ‘normal’ people clothes. Be sure to pack extra sweats and comfy shoes to walk around in and sit on stage in at awards.

By Allison Gupton of Dance Informa.

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Are you the next face of Capezio Australia? http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/could-you-be-the-next-face-of-capezio-australia/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/could-you-be-the-next-face-of-capezio-australia/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:59:18 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15616 Last year, Capezio teamed up with dance competition DanceLife Unite in search of the next “Face of Capezio”, discovering four beautiful faces from across Australia and New Zealand. Now in 2015, you could be the next model Capezio is looking

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Capezio Athlete Pheobe Combes. Photo by Damian Tierney.

Last year, Capezio teamed up with dance competition DanceLife Unite in search of the next “Face of Capezio”, discovering four beautiful faces from across Australia and New Zealand. Now in 2015, you could be the next model Capezio is looking for!

DanceLife Unite is a dance competition held across Australia that also has an online competition component. If dancers enter the online dance competition, they can also enter the Capezio model search for a chance to become a Capezio ambassador and feature in national advertising campaigns, as well as win $1,000 to spend at Capezioanz.com. Capezio is searching for four models in the Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior categories.

Last year’s stunning winners were Jaclyn Chambers, Phoebe Combes, Dionne Nicolaou and Dakota Stone. They were chosen from hundreds of entries from across Australia and have spent the year attending Capezio events and becoming recognizable as they grace nationwide print and online advertising campaigns. Phoebe and Dionne have also been signed as Capezio Athletes indefinitely. All four winners enjoyed a professional photo shoot with renowned dance photographer Damien Tierney and a 12-month modelling contract with Capezio.

 Jaclyn Chambers

Capezio Model Jaclyn Chambers. Photo by Damian Tierney.

“The DanceLife Unite ‘Face of Capezio’ competition came into being after several years of working together to cross-promote our dance-related brands – Capezio and DanceLife Unite,” explains Chris Duncan, Managing Director of DanceLife Unite. “We were looking for a unique way to support young dancers and create a fun, engaging competition! Capezio is very supportive of the Australian dance industry and we have always been impressed with their stunning products.”

With Heat One entries currently being judged, now is the time to get your Heat Two entry in from April 30. Heat Two commences on May 1, running until the end of June.

All dancers who want to enter the “Face of Capezio” competition must first enter as a soloist or duo/trio performer to be eligible to enter the modelling section. Dancers can enter at DanceLifeUnite.com.au for a small fee of $25. Entrants must demonstrate their technical skill through their dance entries and their photogenic qualities by sending in a headshot and body shot. If successful in their heat, dancers are then notified that they have qualified to compete at the DanceLife Unite National Finals at Luna Park, Sydney (September 24-28, 2015) for their chance to be crowned the “Face of Capezio” in their age group.

Chris Duncan feels that the model search positively impacts our industry.

Dionne Nicolaou

Capezio Athlete Dionne Nicolaou. Photo by Damian Tierney.

“Our goal at DanceLife Unite is to educate and inspire young dancers. Our industry is tough and we believe that the more talents a young dancer develops, the more opportunities they will have to work in the industry that they love in the future. Being a dance-model is just one of those opportunities and we are excited to be able to offer this competition in a positively-charged professional environment,” she says.

Senior winner Jaclyn Chambers agrees. “I feel extremely grateful to be The Face of Capezio as the outcome has provided so many wonderful new experiences and opportunities within the industry,” she says. “It truly means the world to me being chosen from such a unique competition and representing Capezio and DanceLife Unite. It has boosted my confidence and motivated me to strive further in my career.”

Dionne Nicolaou feels just as blessed and hopes that the experience will also boost her career. “I feel honoured to be able to model for such an amazing dance brand and hope to continue modelling in my career. It was truly a fantastic experience. I love being a positive role model to other girls,” she says.

All four of last year’s winners were so excited and they have been honoured to represent Capezio throughout the year.

Dakota Stone

Capezio Model Dakota Stone. Photo by Damian Tierney.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being an ambassador for Capezio. I am especially honoured to have met so many inspiring people and at the same time represent my favourite dancewear brand,” adds Chambers. “Capezio provides such a huge range of dancewear, which is always guaranteed to be comfortable but also great quality, and now thanks to Capezio I own a wonderful range of leotards, which all have such unique patterns and beautiful colours!”

Nicolaou is also a huge fan of the brand, saying,”I love the Capezio dancewear because the quality and fit is amazing and unique. I know I can wear anything in the Capezio range and trust it to be durable. I dance six days a week and staying comfortable and fashionable is easy when wearing Capezio!”

In 2014, DanceLife Unite received several hundred entries for the modeling competition and approximately 100 qualified and competed at the National Grand Final, which included valuable modelling workshops and the opportunity to perform in a fashion show.

“This year, so far, we have received a lot of entries in the Junior and Teen categories so we are particularly looking for dancers in the Petite (5-8 years) and Senior (17-21 years) categories as well,” urges Duncan.

Get to DanceLifeUnite.com.au to enter for your chance to be the next “Face of Capezio.” For more information, visit Dancelifeunite.com.au/online-solo-duotrio-model-competition-2/.

By Deborah Searle of Dance Informa.

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Made by a Dancer for Dancers: Bradon Collection by Capezio http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/made-by-a-dancer-for-dancers-bradon-collection-by-capezio/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/made-by-a-dancer-for-dancers-bradon-collection-by-capezio/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:13:25 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=15520 When Melissa Brannan, Vice President of Design and Merchandising at Capezio , heard that a former dancer had been on the hit TV show Project Runway, she went back to watch key episodes of its Emmy-awarding winning Season 12. She

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When Melissa Brannan, Vice President of Design and Merchandising at Capezio , heard that a former dancer had been on the hit TV show Project Runway, she went back to watch key episodes of its Emmy-awarding winning Season 12.

The Riverside Leotard with the Call Back Skirt from the Brandon X Capezio Line.

The Riverside Leotard with the Call Back Skirt from the Brandon X Capezio Line.

She discovered that Bradon McDonald, a former principal dancer with Limon Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group who made it to the top 4 on the show, was exactly what Capezio was looking for in a designer.

“I really responded to his aesthetic, and I loved his story,” Brannan says. “He was a former dancer, and the way he was thinking about his designs on the show were so in line with how we think of things here at Capezio.”

So Capezio reached out to McDonald, which resulted in a hands-on collaboration to create a new collection of dance clothing: Bradon Collection by Capezio.

From Stage to Stitch

While on tour as a professional dancer, Bradon McDonald used to collect fabric during his travels. From vintage stores in North Carolina to upholstery shops in Madrid, McDonald began gathering beautiful pieces of fabric as souvenirs. He now jokes that he was “hoarding” these pieces, but didn’t quite know what to do with them at the time.

The Brooklyn Biketard from the Brandon X Capezio Line.

The Brooklyn Biketard from the Brandon X Capezio Line.

With a versatile artistic background in not only dance, but also fine art and music, McDonald found that even as he was excelling as a professional dance artist, he missed the hands-on experience of creating art in the way a painter or sculptor does.

A solution to his craving for making art fell into his lap when McDonald’s partner and now husband bought him a sewing machine. Starting with book covers, rugs, and quilts, McDonald took his sewing machine with him on tour and began making pieces of art with the fabric he collected. It wasn’t long before his creative prowess discovered an outlet for his art in the dance world: bags.

“I was in New York. I was a dancer, and everybody carries bags in New York, especially dancers, male and female,” McDonald says. “And so I thought, if I make these beautiful little pieces of textile art, no one’s going to buy them, but as soon as I put a handle on them, it’s the same piece of fabric but everybody wants one.”

Leaving Mark Morris Dance Group after a 10-year career with the company, McDonald moved to LA and began studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

He coordinated his first day of orientation to begin a mere twelve hours after his final bow on stage in Berkeley with Mark Morris.

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One of Bradon McDonald’s design sketches of the Downtown Leotard.

In school he discovered a passion for “surface manipulation” or different ways of folding, tucking, and draping fabric to alter a fabric’s natural appearance, which harkened back to his first discoveries with the fabric he collected on tour as a dancer.

Then, McDonald went on to do Project Runway, which gave him the ultimate opportunity to affirm his versatility as an artist.

Project Runway opened my eyes to what my fashion career could be, and that I didn’t have to design one style of clothing – that I could actually have whatever I dreamed of,” McDonald explains. “The fashion world is a little bit like the Wild West. There are some ethics involved, but not so many rules and prescribed pathways through life.  It’s uncharted territory every day and you have to make it what you want.”

A Versatile Approach

McDonald now runs his own design company, Bradon, which branches into three departments: high end, handmade gowns; costume design for dance, opera, and theater; and mass market design, which is where Capezio comes in.

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The Downtown Leotard from the Bradon Collection by Capezio.

In collaboration with Capezio, McDonald used his first-hand knowledge of what dancers want and catered his personally designed garments to them. The Bradon Collection by Capezio targets dancers in the studio, giving them the pieces they need in the form of leotards, leggings, jackets, and more, but with a unique look. Brannan is thrilled with the results.

“What excites me about the collection is how body conscious it is,” says Brannan, “So our seaming is not just a seam to hold a garment together, we’re really paying attention to the contours of the body and how the dancer moves.”

With that in mind, McDonald and Capezio also wanted to give dancers something they didn’t already have, something interesting about each piece that would make dancers want to take their studio clothing to the street.  Inspired by everyday fashion techniques, McDonald used fabric manipulation techniques to give an urban, multi-layered look to the collection.

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The Westside Leotard from Bradon Collection by Capezio.

“This collection is all about fashion and all about dance. Yes, it’s geared toward dancers in the studio, but there are a few pieces that I hope she loves so much that she’s going to wear them home after class,” Bradon says.

This spring collection is currently available for purchase at Capezio, and dancers can look forward to complementing this wardrobe with another Bradon Collection by Capezio in the fall.

While McDonald has fully retired from dancing, he does admit to taking the occasional dance break while he’s working on a design project.  He knows that for himself, the passion and dedication he found in dance at a young age has helped him transition into his fashion career. He is thankful for the opportunity at Capezio to fuse his career paths.

“It’s an important backstory, you know, that I’m only five years out of a professional dance career with Mark Morris Dance Group, and here I am making these designs that are being manufactured and marketed globally,” he says. “It’s really exciting to have such a close connection to both fashion and dance….this collection really is designed by a former dancer guy.”

By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa.

THE BRADON COLLECTION

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