Collaborative Learning

At Hubbard Street’s new intensive in Los Angeles, dancers dig into the choreographic process. “Give it more intensity,” says Robyn Mineko Williams, the choreographer in residence at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s inaugural pre-professional summer intensive at the University of Southern California. The dancer tries her solo again, moving across the floor in wider second-position pliés,More »

On the Rise: Steffi Cheong

Don’t let Steffi Cheong’s petite build fool you—onstage, she can unleash fierce physicality as readily as the most delicate gesture. Now in her third season with San Francisco’s ODC/Dance, Cheong is coming into her own in the intellectually rigorous, intensely technical works created by artistic directors Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada. Company: ODC/DanceMore »

Getting Into Character

As a student at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, American Ballet Theatre soloist Christine Shevchenko’s first experience with character dance was learning the Paquita harp variation. “It was challenging,” she admits, “because I hadn’t taken character class yet.” For extra training, Shevchenko enrolled in character at a local university—and went on to earnMore »

The Resourceful Apprentice

Make the most of this career-defining transition. When Sarasota Ballet corps member Caroline Hennekes started her apprenticeship in 2014, it was a big shock. “Being in an adult world makes you grow up fast,” she says. An apprenticeship can be one of the hardest years of your career—as Hennekes learned, proving that you have theMore »

10 Minutes with Sasha Waltz

The German choreographer brings her visionary dance theater to the U.S. Whether reinterpreting Wagner or exploring the forces of destruction, Berlin-based choreographer Sasha Waltz creates postmodern worlds onstage. She populates them with dancers whose ages, origins and training vary widely, but their common language is bold and expressive. Waltz enlists equally avant-garde collaborators in herMore »

Go West

Southern California becomes a destination for world-class training.   Southern California gets a bad rap. It may be a destination for commercial dance careers, but when it comes to classical and contemporary dance, it’s long been overlooked. Former New York City Ballet star Jenifer Ringer sums up the prevailing myth: “In New York City, thereMore »

2015 Summer Study Guide: So You Want to Go Pro

      The Joffrey West summer intensive is a window into the commercial world.   As groove-heavy rap echoes through a light-filled studio at California State University, Northridge, jazz choreographer Liz Imperio challenges 30 ballet dancers to stomp, punch and whiplash with even greater intensity. “I want you to soar. I want you to be majestic!” sheMore »

Working Out With Crystaldawn Bell

The Robert Moses’ Kin dancer ramps up with high-intensity interval training. It takes stamina to keep up with Crystaldawn Bell. As a member of San Francisco’s Robert Moses’ Kin, the 29-year-old modern dancer brings a refined athleticism to Moses’ explosive choreography, and also performs in side projects with cutting-edge local troupe Project Agora. To developMore »