Forget Self-Doubt: NYCB’s Abi Stafford on Silencing Inner Critics

When I was 9, my ballet teacher chose me to perform a solo in our end-of-year performance. I was quite young, and was chosen over many of the advanced students. But I wasn’t fazed—I was excited. Then, I overheard some of the older girls talking: “Abi shouldn’t be doing that solo.” “I can’t believe she’sMore »

Ache, Throb, Hurt

New York City Ballet principal Abi Stafford opens up about the frustrating, but unavoidable role of pain in a dance career. My lower back went into spasm during a three-week tour to Paris with New York City Ballet this summer. I was dancing Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments, a role that requires the hips to be pushed forward in an exaggerated manner. Because of theMore »