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 »

Ballet Babies

Chatting with NYCB principals Ashley Bouder, Abi Stafford and Maria Kowroski about dancing through motherhood. Throughout New York City Ballet’s almost 70-year history, very few dancers have returned to the stage after having a baby. Yet the company is having something of a baby boom right now, with three principal dancers currently diving into motherhood whileMore »

Still Unstoppable

At 57, Louise Lecavalier has reinvented herself—without losing the daredevil energy audiences love her for. Louise Lecavalier does not so much dance as combust. It can be a slow burn of small, scampering steps complemented by fluttering arms or complex hand gestures. Then it suddenly blazes into fast, furious, frenetic explosions of energy. The intensityMore »

A Scientific Match

Michelle Ellsworth pairs science and dance to create unique performance art. Michelle Ellsworth claims that she really doesn’t have a “thing” for science or technology. “I never use them unless I have to,” quips the edgy dance artist, who has made a name for herself with her elaborate and witty one-woman performances. It may notMore »

Why I Dance: Victoria Jaiani

Dancer with Joffrey Ballet. At a young age, without any connections to the ballet world, I told my mom that I was going to be a ballerina. Growing up, I would put on classical music and improvise around the house. Sometimes I would make my family watch me dance. I grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia, and afterMore »

10 Minutes with Guillaume Côté

The rising choreographer premieres his first evening-length work. Guillaume Côté built his international reputation as an impassioned dancer, noted for intense dramatic portrayals. Now, the National Ballet of Canada principal dancer and choreographic associate is quickly emerging as one of his homeland’s most interesting dancemakers, with classical technique that is often bold, angular and hyper-articulate.More »