Austin360Cooks: Making pizza with Ballet Austin’s Anne Bloodgood

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Anne Bloodgood, a dancer with Ballet Austin, prepares pizza while her husband, Paul, a fellow dancer in the company, washes dishes. Photo by Ashley Landis.
Anne Bloodgood, a dancer with Ballet Austin, prepares pizza while her husband, Paul, a fellow dancer in the company, washes dishes. Photo by Ashley Landis.

Anne Bloodgood, a dancer with Ballet Austin, prepares pizza while her husband, Paul, a fellow dancer in the company, washes dishes. Click on the image to see the related photo gallery.  ASHLEY LANDIS/ For the Austin American-Statesman

Anne Bloodgood is one all-star baker.

She’s also a dancer with Ballet Austin, whose season opens this weekend with “The Firebird” and “Agon,” and is married to Paul Bloodgood, another member of the company.

When we first launched Austin360Cooks, Bloodgood tagged a bunch of pizza-making videos she’d posted to her Instagram account, @annembloodgood. A ballerina who makes homemade pizza every Friday night? Sign me up.

I reached out to her to ask if I could crash one of her pizza-making sessions, and she obliged.

Photographer (and dancer) Ashley Landis and I showed up at Anne and Paul’s North Austin house a few weeks ago and found out just how much they love from-scratch pizza and baguettes, not just for the flavor but for the fuel it gives them for their grueling rehearsals.

It was fascinating to learn more about the lives of these professional dancers, what goes into a production like “Firebird” (or “The Nutcracker” for that matter) and how this sweet couple spends so much time together without going crazy.

(A hint: Cooking helps.)

Here’s the link to my column from yesterday’s section, and here is a link to Ballet Austin’s website so you can check out tickets for this week’s performances.


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