Where Her Secret Lies

Ebony Williams has long been a chameleon of the dance world—a trait that’s helped her launch the second chapter of her career. Ebony Williams stands alone, strong and radiant in a pale leotard, facing a crowd of thousands. It’s the 2015 Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, and the audience of Beyoncé fans is awaitingMore »

What Makes a Principal?

Artistic directors reveal how they decide who gets the top promotion. There is one question at the ballet that might provoke more curiosity than any other: Who will be promoted to the rank of principal dancer? The answer is at times gratifying, and, at others, totally baffling. One dancer may rise quickly, while another waitsMore »

On the Rise: Nadezhda Batoeva

Bursting out of a group of corps men at the start of Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, Nadezhda Batoeva embodies the ballet’s blend of Russian and American influences, launching into a perilous sequence of fast turns with devil-may-care energy. After overcoming initial obstacles, the bubbly Mariinsky Ballet second soloist now dances with an infectious joy thatMore »

The Storyteller

Akram Khan is everywhere. Known for his invigorating fusion (he prefers the term “confusion”) of kathak and contemporary dance, he is one of the most sought-after choreographers on the international scene. A truly global citizen of the dance world, his intricate, whiplash dancing has led him on journeys far from his stylistic home base. InMore »

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 »