2016 Dance Magazine Awards

This year we celebrate four extraordinary dance heroes: New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, choreographer Lar Lubovitch, activist/teacher Carolyn Adams and historian Lynn Garafola. Tiler Peck Tiler Peck transcends all preconceived notions about ballet: that it is old-fashioned or boring or mannered or quaint. To see this New York City Ballet principal dance “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” in Who Cares?, orMore »

What It Takes to Create a Choreographer

Dance organizations throughout the country are working to build better laboratories for tomorrow’s dancemakers. Tommie-Waheed Evans was having a fairly typical Thursday. Having recently earned his master’s degree in choreography, he was preparing to teach two dance classes and a senior seminar at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Not so typical for a newly graduated,More »

What’s a Jellicle Cat? 

CATS holds a sacred place in many dancers’ hearts. Tackling T.S. Eliot’s alternate, feline universe offers a chance to be part of a legacy, and cast members speak reverentially of the show’s whimsy and technical demands. Now, in the current revival on Broadway, a new litter is exploring Andy Blankenbuehler’s movement layered in with GillianMore »

A Bold Leap

At age 41, international star Lucia Lacarra refuses to settle for anything less than her dream career—even when that means taking a huge leap of faith. Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsballett underwent unprecedented upheaval late last season: As new director Igor Zelensky prepared to replace Ivan Liška, the German company announced that no fewer than 29 dancersMore »

Ballet Without Borders

It’s estimated that one-fifth of Nairobi’s population lives in Kibera, making it the largest urban slum in Africa. The narrow streets, lined with tin shanty homes, are busy, dusty and never quiet. Spurgeons Academy, one of Kibera’s primary schools, sits near the railroad tracks that mark the edge of the informal settlement. Once a week,More »

Working Out With Mathilde Froustey

The San Francisco Ballet principal revamped her body philosophy after leaving France. When Mathilde Froustey joined San Francisco Ballet after 12 years with the Paris Opéra Ballet, she felt like she’d stepped into an entirely new body. “In Paris, I felt a lot of pressure to be really slim and I was afraid to haveMore »