Penelope Ford

Star Power

Ballet galas showcasing the world's top dancing talent are in vogue. They have been popping up in cities all around the world from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, and as of February, Toronto courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada's principal dancer Svetlana Lunkina.


At a recent All Star Ballet Gala in Toronto, you could watch Isabella Bolyston melt into a role, and then, distinctly, conquer it. The American Ballet Theatre principal, Bella to her friends, showed off her fleet footwork in the pas de deux from Bournonville's “Flower Festival in Genzano,” before literally diving into Balanchine's “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux,” smiling all the while. The crowd roared its appreciation.

Silent Disco

Singing and dancing together usually add up to fun. Musicals, Broadway and Hollywood's golden era, are bound to put a spring in your step and a song on your lips. Recently, Damien Chazelle's award winning La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone tapping and singing sweetly shows reverence for the coupling and says we're willing to abandon ourselves to song and dance yet.

Shades of Stephanie

“I was very fortunate in Australia; I had an amazing four years at the Australian Ballet School—which was the best training—and when got into the company, I got to dance Christopher Wheeldon ballet within the first three months of joining.

Rising Stars of the Erik Bruhn Prize

Winning this year's competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize, hosted by the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, were two dancers from Boston Ballet, soloist Angelo Greco, and corps de ballet dancer, Natasha Sheehan. Together they performed the pas de deux from “Giselle” for the classical repertoire, and danced a contemporary duet choreographed by fellow company member Myles Thatcher.

Leading Light

When Michael Smuin, founder of Smuin, passed away unexpectedly in 2007, Celia Fushille, dancer and then associate director for the company, had but a few days to gather her thoughts.


Svetlana Lunkina has a deep connection to the role of Giselle. She debuted it at age nineteen at the Bolshoi Ballet, the youngest dancer in the company’s history to have done so.
Penelope Ford

Penelope Ford


Penelope is the founding editor of Fjord Review. Originally from Australia, she graduated in Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne. She has a particular interest in the intersection of dance, language and philosophy, and takes a daily ballet class, and dances tango, and salsa.