On the Rise: Raja Feather Kelly

With spidery limbs and a sprawling imagination, Brooklyn-based Raja Feather Kelly brings a vivid boundlessness to all he does. Whether dancing for the likes of Reggie Wilson or cooking up his own darkly entertaining dance-theater productions, he seems insatiably curious. Fascinated by pop culture and performance history, Kelly has been pursuing an unabashed obsession withMore »

Why I Dance: Robert Fairchild

Principal dancer with New York City Ballet If you imagine the notes on a sheet of music, they fly up and down across the bars. In a sense, that is the physical effect that music has on me. It makes me feel weightless, and I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of flight. Having the chance to defyMore »

On the Rise: Joseph Gordon

With his aristocratic line, unforced assurance and charming presence, Joseph Gordon stands out among New York City Ballet’s corps men. During the company’s 2015–16 winter season, he received an impressive number of opportunities to step into demanding roles, easily mastering corps, demi, soloist and principal parts. Company: New York City Ballet Age: 23 Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Training: Phoenix DanceMore »

The Best of Both Worlds

PNB’s Angelica Generosa juggles corps life and principal potential. Angelica Generosa strikes all the right balances. She’s ambitious, but ego-less. She exudes the charm of a soubrette, but also the power of a contemporary virtuoso. A fourth-year member of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s corps, she welcomes the soloist and principal roles artistic director Peter Boal throwsMore »

10 Minutes with Hannah O’Neill

The Paris Opéra Ballet’s newest starlet At 23, Hannah O’Neill is thriving at the Paris Opéra Ballet. Born to a Japanese mother and a New Zealander father, she is among a handful of foreigners in the company, joining in 2011 on a temporary contract. Under Benjamin Millepied, she was promoted last fall to the positionMore »

On the Rise: Steffi Cheong

Don’t let Steffi Cheong’s petite build fool you—onstage, she can unleash fierce physicality as readily as the most delicate gesture. Now in her third season with San Francisco’s ODC/Dance, Cheong is coming into her own in the intellectually rigorous, intensely technical works created by artistic directors Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada. Company: ODC/DanceMore »

The Humor and Hustle of Monica Bill Barnes

Through her Ira Glass collaboration, Monica Bill Barnes has reached a new level of success. But her self-deprecating humor and “anything goes” work ethic remain intact.   In sequined dresses and tennis shoes, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass march up to the statue of Perseus with the Head of Medusa, and start doing jumping jacks toMore »

Starting Over

Longtime Dance Theatre of Harlem star Ashley Murphy reboots her career at The Washington Ballet. As a reigning ballerina of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ashley Murphy put in her time. A dancer of razor-sharp technique and plush musicality, she first joined the company before its 2004 disbanding—when Arthur Mitchell was in charge—and continued during itsMore »