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Everyone loves Throwback Thursdays.
#tbt gives you an excuse to share that embarrassing photo of your big sister from Halloween 15 years ago — back when she had awful teeth and those ubiquitous large, wire frame glasses. (Thanks, Paige.)
And it gives us reason to sift through endless images of gorgeous performers from all points within our rich dance history. Let’s pay homage to our heroes of the stage through a new series of blog shorts every Thursday. First up? Damian Woetzel. We’ll tell you why:
“Impressive dancing and impressive dancers aren’t that difficult to recognize. Anyone with an interest and two good eyes can do so with no formal ballet-watching education.” – Robert Greskovic, Ballet 101
Wendy Whelan & Damian Woetzel; photo by Rex Keep
Robert Greskovic gives a shout out to a list of extraordinary performers in his ultimate guide to enjoying the ballet. Damian Woetzel is among them and for good reason. Here, our DIYdancer throwback to his performance of the pas de deux from Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Woetzel performed with ballet superstar Wendy Whelan at Vail International Dance Festival in 2007.


What is your favorite bit of dance history? Send your links to a photo or video to [email protected] or tweet us @diydancer #tbt

Written by Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has shown choreography at DanceNOW [NYC]‘s RAW series, Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, Mixed Movement at Brooklyn Ballet and FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. She presented 20nothings, a danced response to bad press surrounding the Millennial generation, in a self-produced series at Greenpoint’s The End. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in New York City and beyond. Amy has bachelors degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and works as a marketing and communications consultant with a variety of performing artists, dance services and small businesses in New York. She is a former member of Dance/NYC Junior Committee. (photo by Christopher Duggan)