24 Hours in a Berlin ballerina’s life (as seen on Instagram)

Patricia Zhou is a ballet dancer at the Staatsballett Berlin. She also runs a food blog, The Ballerina Chef. She does modelling for Adidas and others. She is hyperactive on numerous social media channels including Instagram and Twitter. Oh, and she sells her own homebaked cakes at a Thai market in West Berlin on Sundays!

This is a typical day for Patricia:








Ballerina Patricia Zhou featured on Adidas My Girls


From the Adidas web site:

From the moment she wakes up until she goes to sleep at night, Patti Zhou has ballet on her mind. In between, you’ll find her training, at least four hours of ballet class every day. Plies, tondus and pirouettes: it’s a routine she’s honed over time through hard work and dedication.

“You have to treat your body like a machine,” says Patti. “If you don’t give the machine fuel, it’s not going to run. I think a healthy, balanced diet is really important – and especially lots of sleep so your body can recharge and recover for the next day.”

Read the full story here.

Photo via Twitter.

How Twitter transformed dance

Mark Morris's Joyride, performed by San Francisco Ballet.

Dance companies have embraced social media like few others arts organisations – and even the founder of Twitter is a ballet fan. Judith Mackrell visits San Francisco Ballet to find out what new technology can do for dancers and audiences alike. San Francisco Ballet (SFB) may well be at the forefront of this new wave. At their modern, purpose-built base in the city’s Civic Center, I find a company in thrall to social media. “I’m not really a technology person,” shrugs principal ballerina Maria Kochetkova. Yet in 2007, she was one of the first professional dancers to sign up to Twitter and, as @balletrusse, she now has 180,000 followers. Other SFB dancers aren’t far behind. Meanwhile, in the marketing department, there’s a full-time “digital engagement co-ordinator” posting comments on Facebook and Twitter, and drumming up online buzz. [Source]