Giving Back, Reaching Forward

Houston Ballet dancers raise funds for their community through a self-produced performance project. One day during spring break of this year, Houston Ballet principal Connor Walsh coached corps member Shu Kinouchi on the intricate steps of his newest work. Soloist Allison Miller rushed in with a sleek handmade zippered unitard. Lighting designer Lisa Pinkham poppedMore »

Why I Choreograph: Andrea Miller

Founder and artistic director of Gallim Dance I didn’t know what I was getting into when, at the ripe age of 11, I naively resolved to be the next Doris Humphrey. Even today I can’t truly grasp where choreography will take me. It probably all began with dancing, loving music, feeling ownership of a little somethingMore »

10 Minutes with Claudia Schreier

The emerging choreographer is making waves. Claudia Schreier has burst onto the ballet scene seemingly out of nowhere. She graduated from Harvard University with a passion for making ballets and, since winning the Breaking Glass Project in 2014, the freelance choreographer has been enjoying an accelerated and atypical career trajectory. She is the latest recipient of theMore »

On the Rise: Yasmine Naghdi

Last fall, Yasmine Naghdi’s debut as Juliet was an instant sensation in London. Hers was a raw, touchingly youthful account of the role. With effortless technique and musicality, she allowed Kenneth MacMillan’s steps to sing. Of Persian and Belgian descent, the British first soloist, who joined The Royal Ballet in 2010, is now establishing herselfMore »

What It Takes to Glow

Jurgita Dronina mixes old-world drama with new-world virtuosity. Jurgita Dronina is doing fouetté turns with her back to me. Facing the far wall, she builds momentum with the precise placement of each demi-rond-de-jambe. She apologized ahead of time, explaining with a self-deprecating smile: “I can’t spot in the mirror. I’m always telling my partners, ‘Don’t worry,More »

A Career in the Corps

I remember the exact day my dreams were dashed. I’d been dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet for over four years. Having trained at the school, I’d been around long enough to know how things worked—or at least I thought I did. As a child, I’d sat in the red velvet seats of the opera houseMore »

Why I Dance: Melissa Toogood

The reasons why I dance constantly shift and change. Sometimes gradually, sometimes all of a sudden. Sometimes the same reasons are all there, but their value changes from one day to the next.  Dance is an art form that isn’t fixed. If no one is doing it, it doesn’t exist. Performances are sometimes memorable andMore »

10 Minutes with Michaela DePrince

The ballet powerhouse moves up the ranks at Dutch National Ballet. Michaela DePrince has defied the odds again and again. She overcame incredible circumstances, rising from an orphanage in war-torn Sierra Leone to join Dutch National Ballet, where she was recently promoted to grand sujet (demi-soloist). With principal roles and book deals under her belt,More »

On the Rise: Hannah Fischer

As the Tall Woman in Balanchine’s “Rubies,” long-limbed Hannah Fischer injects a saucy mischievousness into the choreography’s almost jazzy angularity. As the Principal Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty’s prologue, she exudes a benign authority and expansively serene grace. Whether in abstract or dramatic ballets, the National Ballet of Canada second soloist demonstrates an energized versatilityMore »

The Boss: Julie Kent

From ABT ballerina to The Washington Ballet artistic director. After dying for the last time on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, body limp on a cold slab of marble beside her Romeo, Julie Kent rose as she had countless times before to receive the audience’s acclaim. As she stood there, surrounded by tearful colleagues andMore »