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 »

Double Life

Madelyn Ho’s unconventional path to Paul Taylor Madelyn Ho, the most recent addition to the Paul Taylor Dance Company, could not have dreamed up a more exposing entrance during her first New York season. The curtain parted, and there she was, standing alone in the middle of the stage in a Victorian-inspired dress. The piece was Sullivaniana,More »

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 the U.S., I relish finding a balance between two cultures and feeling the irresistible pull of both countries. I see parallels between the evolution I have undergone as a dancer and choreographer, and the personal transitionsMore »

On the Rise: Rachel Richardson

The luminous Rachel Richardson has it all: long legs, articulate feet and a sparkling smile that makes her prodigious technique seem all the more natural. She was a standout in American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, where she danced—with particular generosity and expansiveness—a memorable Medora in Le Corsaire, but during ABT’s Metropolitan Opera season last spring,More »

Unstoppable

For Boston Ballet principal Misa Kuranaga, reaching the top is just the start. Misa Kuranaga had just arrived in Taipei, and was already eager to get in a rehearsal. At the following night’s last-minute gala engagement she would dance Don Quixote and Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. But at that point, she still hadn’t met herMore »

Making His Own Rules

For Jonah Bokaer’s latest groundbreaking work, pop musician Pharrell Williams joins the choreographer’s list of high-profile collaborators. “The distance between what you intend and what you get—try to tighten it up,” Jonah Bokaer says quietly. It’s a very Bokaer-like way of asking for more precision as he aims for high-definition visual crispness in a seriesMore »

Defying Tradition

Rocío Molina has forged a style of flamenco that can’t be defined. Ten years ago, dancer and choreographer Rocío Molina premiered her first full-length production, El Eterno Retorno, at the Jerez Festival for flamenco in Spain. She was just 21 years old. Four years later she was awarded the highest honor a Spanish dancer canMore »