August 12, 2018 § 1 Comment
My sister, former dancer turned television writer Liz Benjamin shared with me a video circulating on social media on how Freed pointe shoes are made. She reminded me that our grandfather, Ben Benjamin always wanted to inspect her point shoes, especially when she had switched from Capezio to Freed. She said he was fascinated by the workmanship. Watch the short video above and you’ll see why!
Pain, satin and paper towels: What it takes for ballerinas to dance on their toes Washington Post May 26, 2017
October 14, 2017 § 2 Comments
So many of us our heartbroken this week by the death of our brilliant friend, dancer, teacher, and mentor, Mary Cochran. Mary grew up in Dallas, Texas where she began her dance training with her mother, Jerry Bywaters Cochran, a former dancer herself who studied in the 1950’s at Julliard with modern dance greats, Martha Graham and José Limon. After graduating high school from The University of North Carolina School of The Arts, Mary moved to New York to follow in her mother’s footsteps and attend Julliard. She was there only 2 days when The Nikolais Dance Theatre hired her and 2 years later she joined The Paul Taylor Dance Company. In 1996 she left Paul Taylor and began a career as a teacher. In 2008 she performed works by Sara Hook with David Parker at the Harvard Dance Center. She was Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Department at Barnard College Columbia University from 2003-2013.
Mary, a force to be reckoned with, may your light shine bright as you dance among the angels.
“Kismet. Fate. Doors open. Sometimes the secret garden is right there. Sometimes you have to open a few more doors. Sometimes the first 37 doors blow open, hit you in the face, and break your nose every single time until you get to number 38, the one with the damned secret garden!” Mary Cochran