Barton Cowperthwaite: Contemporary Dance Sensation

"...dance is, as I see it, a form of poetry for which physical prowess is merely a means but surely not an end.  Dancers who get stuck emphasizing only the athletic aspect of dance seem to have only one note they strike repeatedly.  They appear to be shouting all of the time.  It’s the difference between yelling and singing. Barton sings. It’s a choice.”  - Lar Lubovitch

Take 5 & Get to Know FLX Model Barton Cowperthwaite!

  1. His formal ballet training started at age 13 when he was accepted into Denver School of the Arts.  He attended University of Arizona as a Dance Major, aided by both dance and academic scholarships.
  2. He graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance one year early in May 2013. In his time at UA he performed many works including the principal male roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Rubies.
  3. Barton transitioned immediately upon his graduation into working with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
  4. He was involved in the creation process of a pas de deux with Alessandra Ferri choreographed by Fang Yi Sheu, where he stepped in for Hermon Cornejo when he was injured.  
  5. He earned the Principal role in Lar Lubovitch’s new work The Black Rose performed at The Joyce Theater.

Check out Barton on Instagram! 

Dancer Profile: Isadora Loyola, American Ballet Theatre

Isadora practicing for La Bayadere and the renowned arabesque entrance of the Shades!  

Flexibility paired with strength is imperative for each dancer to zig zag down the stage with control performing arabesque after arabesque, and seemingly float in unison, successfully putting the audience in a trance and capturing the essence of the scene. 

Isadora Loyola

The 411: Adrienne Canterna of Bad Boys of Ballet

FLX Model Adrienne Canterna has travelled all over the world with her company Bad Boys of Ballet, and uses FLX products on the road to stay in peak performance shape.  Learn about how this dancer, choreographer, artistic director (and mom!) grew her career as an artistic athlete.  

Adrienne Canterna, Artistic Director & Dancer of Bad Boys of Ballet | Renata Pavam Photography

Adrienne Canterna, Artistic Director & Dancer of Bad Boys of Ballet | Renata Pavam Photography

Hometown:  Glen Burnie, Maryland

Instagram: @AdrienneCanterna

Twitter:  @MamiNami3

FLX Fave: The Flexistretcher

Fun Facts!

  • Adrienne began dancing at age 3.
  • She was a scholarship graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet and a national and international guest artist, choreographer, teacher and judge.
  • In 1998, she was the youngest American ever to win the JR. FEMALE GOLD MEDAL at the Jackson International Ballet Competition at the age of 15.
  • She has performed across the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.

Professional Career

  • Adrienne has danced with numerous companies including the Washington Ballet, Universal Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

  • She was a Principal Guest Ballerina with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea for their productions of "Don Quixote", "The Nutcracker" and "La Bayadere".   
  • Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show "ROCK the Ballet.”
  • She was a special guest performer with the BAD BOYS of DANCE on FOX TV's "So You Think You Can Dance".
  • In 2013 she choreographed an all new Rock the Ballet show. Adrienne is the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Rasta Thomas' "Bad Boys of Dance" and Artistic Director of "Pretty Girls of Dance".
  • In late 2014, Adrienne and the Bad Boys of Dance rocked the NBC show “America’s Got Talent.”  
  • She is the choreographer and leading dancer in her work that gives a spin on Shakespeare’s traditional Romeo and Juliet.  They just had a successful run at Sadler’s Wells in London! 

Flexibility. Strength. Beauty. Rhythmic Gymnast Ronit Shamuilov!

We love FLX Model Ronit Shamuilov because she is a rhythmic gymnast and athlete with all the traits we admire:

Control. Endurance. Strength. Flexibility. And dedication to her passion.  

A resident of Brooklyn, Ronit trains at Isadora Rhythmics in New York. Now a senior level gymnast, she is the 2014 U.S ribbon champion in the USA Gymnastics Championship.  We met up with Ronit last year in Central Park with FLX photographer Renata Pavam and had an amazing time shooting around NYC. Her flexibility, grace and strength is inspiring and is a perfect fit with our other fantastic FLX Models. 

Ronit is a rhythmic gymnast on the rise, and we can’t wait to see where her next front walkover takes her!  You can check out Ronit’s Athlete page on the USA Gymnastics site, here.

Dancer Profile: Kaho Ogawa, American Ballet Theatre

Ogawa practicing her arabesque using her Flexistretcher in a daily rehearsal.

Kaho Ogawa

Kaho Ogawa was born in Tokushima, Japan and began her ballet training at the age of three. She studied with Yoshimi Ohara, Eriko Kushima, and Hiroshi Tokuyama. She has won number awards in prestigious competitions including the Tokyo National Ballet Competition and the All Japan Ballet Union Competition (at which she received the Grand First Prize three years consecutively). In 2010, Osgawa won the Silver Medal at Youth America Grand Prix, and received a full scholarship to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. In January 2012, Ogawa was privileged to compete at the Prix de Lausanne. 

Ogawa joined the Studio Company in February 2012 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in November 2012.