Who are the Prancing Elites?

posted Friday, Jul 03

Ever heard of J-setting? I hadn't either, until I read this week's New York Times feature on the Prancing Elites. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, this group of young, ga… Read More >

 

Complexions Is on the Move

posted Thursday, Jul 02

After 20 years in New York City, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has chosen Atlanta as its new home. According to a story published yesterday on ArtsATL, Dwight Rhoden, w… Read More >
 

What Misty's Promotion Means for Dancers

posted Wednesday, Jul 01

The entire world was talking about Misty Copeland yesterday. As soon as it was announced that she'd been promoted to principal, The New York Times sent out a breaking news alert, and put her story on the fron… Read More >

 

Misty Copeland Becomes ABT's First Ever African American Female Principal

posted Tuesday, Jun 30

The moment everyone—dancers, dance lovers, and even non-dance fans—has been waiting for is here. Today, American Ballet Theatre announced that Misty Copeland will become a principal dancer. She's the first African American female to reach that rank in the company's 75-year history.… Read More >

 

Serena Williams Can Pirouette, Too

posted Monday, Jun 29

Wimbledon 2015 began today with its first-round matches. And of course, Serena Williams, who holds the most total singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles over any other competitor (man or woman) and ranks as the #1 female player in the world, is a top contender. She… Read More >

 

Carla Körbes joins L.A. Dance Project

posted Friday, Jun 26

Just two weeks after her final performance with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Carla Körbes is making moves: She's joined L.A. Dance Project as associate artistic director. Along with ballet masters Sébastien Marcovici and Charlie Hodges, she'll be part of the LA-based team that Benjamin Mi… Read More >

 

Celebrating NYC Pride Week and NYC Dance Week

posted Friday, Jun 26

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DM's Guide to Summertime

posted Wednesday, Jun 24

As of Sunday, we're now officially in the summer season! (Insert your own happy dance.) For many dancers, that means intensives, company layoffs, picking up a part-time job or some well-deserved R & R. Wha… Read More >
 

Nureyev Movie in the Works

posted Tuesday, Jun 23

Ballet is coming back to the big screen. Luckily, this time the story won't center around hallucinating Swan Queens, but Russian ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev. Read More >

 

My Latest Binge Watch: "Strictly Ballet"

posted Monday, Jun 22

No, you're not imagining it: Ballet is everywhere these days. In ads, in music videos and on TV. 

And with an increase in dance coverage hopefully comes a… Read More >

 

Goodbye, Julie Kent

posted Friday, Jun 19

Julie Kent became a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre in 1993, the year I was born. Tomorrow, she will take her final bow on my 22nd birthday. I say this not to emphasize her age — she sim… Read More >

 

Guest Blog: Performing with Sammy Hagar

posted Thursday, Jun 18

Last weekend, Beckanne Sisk performed in Cabo, Mexico, at Gala de Danza, an annual collaboration with Youth America Grand Prix. In Dreams, a specially commissioned duet choreographed by Josie Walsh, she danced… Read More >

 

3 Foods to Fight Anxiety

posted Tuesday, Jun 16

Auditioning for your dream company. Attending a summer intensive where you don't know anyone. Waiting backstage before a major performance. All of these situations can make a dancer anxious. But what if food had the potential to reduce symptoms of social anxiety? That's just what a n… Read More >
 

Dancing With Maria

posted Friday, Jun 12

Maria Fux teaching class.

Maria Fux teaching class. Dancing With Maria via TIME

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The Ultimate #TBT: When Madonna Went to ADF

posted Thursday, Jun 11

Before Madonna became a one-name superstar, she was just a 19-year-old dance student taking part in American Dance Festival's first year at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, training under teachers like Pearl Lang. Yet she already had the kind of stage presence and over-the-top confidence… Read More >

 

4 Reasons to Eat Cantaloupe This Summer

posted Wednesday, Jun 10

I admit it. When I'm shopping for produce, I almost always pass up cantaloupe. The tough exterior and all the slicing and dicing involved drives me away. But it turns out the work it takes to prep cantaloupe is totally outweighed by its dancer-healthy nutritional benefits. Here are four rea… Read More >
 

Here's What Happens When You Watch the Tonys and Carla Körbes' Goodbye at the Same Time

posted Monday, Jun 08

I had a dilemma last night: Watch the Tony Awards or the live stream of Carla Körbes' … Read More >
 

It's Tony Time: Here Are Our Predictions

posted Friday, Jun 05

The anticipation is almost over. The 2015 Tony Awards are just two days away! It’s been a season of dance-filled musicals, with Jerome Robbins revivalsRead More >

 

Goodbye, Cedar Lake

posted Thursday, Jun 04

Twelve years ago, a friend and I wandered to a converted photo studio in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood to see the debut of a brand-new contemporary ballet company. To be honest, we were mostly drawn by our curiosity over reports of generous dancer paychecks. We found out that although tho… Read More >

 

PNB To Live-Stream Carla Körbes' Final Bow

posted Monday, Jun 01

Balletomanes are having a tough summer. Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes retired from American Ballet Theatre last week; Julie Kent will soon follow. Sylvie Guillem is on her farewell tour (though she excitingly Read More >