December 2016


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  • Take a Stand

    Whenever non-dancers ask me, “What’s the point of dance?” I always start my (very long) list of responses the ... More »

  • Performances Onstage This Month

    Kylling It PARIS Jirí Kylián may have no current plans to choreograph new work, but that hasn’t lessened the ... More »

  • A New Nutcracker for the Joffrey

    Christopher Wheeldon creates a working-class holiday ballet. Twelve-year-old Christopher Wheeldon was annoyed. He had been cast as Fritz in ...

  • Dynamic Duo

    American Dance Machine for the 21st Century teams up with Steps on Broadway. When the curtain comes down on a ... More »

  • 10 Minutes With Mark Morris

    Built to last, Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Hard Nut returns December 10–18 for its 25th anniversary engagement, in ...

  • Choreographing Cyberspace

    Danny Mefford dives into teen angst and social media for Dear Evan Hansen. “What would Pina Bausch do?” Not ...

  • On the Rise: Jonalyn Saxer

    Broadway dancer Jonalyn Saxer is a dazzling juxtaposition of old and new. Onstage, her taps echo with the zing ...

  • Advice for Dancers: The Curse of Career Happiness

    My girlfriend wants me to say “no” to extra work outside of the company. During breaks, I typically teach ...

  • Dance in the Age of Black Lives Matter

    Continuing the long legacy of activism in our field, today’s artists are using dance to confront racism. Dance performances often ...

  • Before #BlackLivesMatter: A Timeline

    In this moment of history, choreographers of all walks of life are addressing racism and violence through dance. But ... More »

  • 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 ... More »

  • Ballet’s Backbone

    What does it take to be a corps member? We followed a day in the life of Boston Ballet ...

  • Gone Viral

    Ever dream of having one of your dance videos go viral online? The experience may not be all that ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • A Bold Leap

    At age 41, international star Lucia Lacarra refuses to settle for anything less than her dream career—even when that ...

  • 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 ...

  • The Best of 2016

    What were your favorite performances of the year? Our team of editors and writers nominated the best shows we ... More »

  • Dancing With Asthma

    It starts with a tight feeling in your chest. Your breaths become shallow and high, like your lungs are ...

  • Working Out With Mathilde Froustey

    The San Francisco Ballet principal revamped her body philosophy after leaving France. When Mathilde Froustey joined San Francisco Ballet ...

  • Smart Cookies

    Three dancers share the sweet holiday traditions that get them through Nutcracker season. Jordan Richardson Ballet West corps member ...

  • Like No Place Else

    Site-specific performance presents unique challenges—but can be uniquely rewarding. When Rashaun Mitchell danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, ...

  • Beyond Anatomy

    Dance science has become increasingly prevalent in colleges—and increasingly relevant for dancers. Whether or not you’re interested in a ...

  • Grin and Bear It

    Katie Gibson remembers a particularly trying time from her early days in a ballet company: “We were rehearsing a ...

  • Double Life

    Madelyn Ho’s unconventional path to Paul Taylor Madelyn Ho, the most recent addition to the Paul Taylor Dance Company, could not ...

  • Why I Dance: Aparna Ramaswamy

    Co-artistic director and dancer with Ragamala Dance Company Dance connects me to my ancestry. Raised both in India and ...