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 »

In Character

ABT’s Roman Zhurbin has transformed character roles into career-making breakthroughs. People generally enter the rigorous field of ballet with big dreams of one day dancing Romeo or Albrecht or Giselle. But there are dancers who elevate ballet’s “secondary” parts to high art, turning what could be generic appearances into moments of complexity and drama. Or theMore »