U.S. Election, Tech in Europe, Coronavirus: Your Friday Briefing


We warmed as much as choices from “The Lion King” and “The Prince of Egypt.” I even realized a Fosse hip roll. However as we danced to “No Day however At the moment,” the “Hire” finale, the ballet phrases — passé, coupé, rond de jambe — proliferated and the eight counts got here worryingly quick. Although I had positioned my laptop computer digital camera in order that it confirmed me solely from the rib cage up, I couldn’t even pretend the arms.

Perhaps that’s as a result of, as I quickly realized, a stage exists even under Newbie. That stage is Fundamental. So am I. The next week, I attempted Steps on Broadway’s Fundamental Theater Dance.

The trainer, Tera-Lee Pollin, a Broadway veteran with inhuman exuberance, guided a handful of scholars by way of “Waterloo,” the curtain quantity for “Mamma Mia!” and a track about defeat. Collectively, delightedly, we ponied, we swam, we grapevined. No jambes had been ronded.

So, sure, any beginner with sufficient time and resilience and discretionary earnings can most likely be taught theater fundamentals remotely. The alchemy of dwell performing earlier than a dwell viewers nearly comes by way of onscreen — however not fairly. Till it might, I’ll consider the hundreds and hundreds of individuals of their properties, training their pentameter, arabesques and key adjustments, ready for curtains to rise.

That’s it for this briefing. A meditation to de-stress from the week. Have weekend.

— Isabella

To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the remainder of the break from the information. You possibly can attain the staff at [email protected].

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