Men, This Is Why You Should Train on Pointe

Unless you’re in the Trocks or performing a character role, there aren’t many opportunities for men to perform on pointe. But that doesn’t mean pointe should be off-limits. In fact, it’s a chance to strengthen your facility and boost your technique. It Strengthens Your Ankles “I think every dancer can benefit from a good pointe barreMore »

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 »

Even More Electric

As Victor Quijada celebrates 15 years of RUBBERBANDance Group, his company turns a new corner. The dancers of RUBBERBANDance Group are only marking their movements before a run-through, but you can sense their explosive potential. Their bodies channel dynamic, liquid grace one moment, then hit a sharp elbow punch the next. Similarly, artistic director VictorMore »

The Arc of Artistry

How three ballerinas have deepened their approach to a career-defining role Some ballerinas seem destined to embody certain roles. At her debut, there’s a palpable buzz. Over a career, however, her interpretation begins to reflect her maturity and worldliness. A deepening occurs that doesn’t lessen her former renditions, but that instead gives an audience—especially those lucky enoughMore »

He’s Back

After four decades in Germany, choreographer William Forsythe returns to the U.S.—and to his ballet roots. William Forsythe is a man of mystery. Just when you feel like you start to “get” what he’s doing, he surprises everyone by going in a completely different direction. After revolutionizing ballet as we knew it in the ’80s,More »

From Studio to Summertime

Start planning your summer break now. Though summer offers a much-needed break for college dance students, it can also present a dilemma. After spending the rest of the year adhering to such a structured schedule, how do you best utilize three months of free time? With all the available options—from intensives to travel to performanceMore »