What It Takes to Create a Choreographer

Dance organizations throughout the country are working to build better laboratories for tomorrow’s dancemakers. Tommie-Waheed Evans was having a fairly typical Thursday. Having recently earned his master’s degree in choreography, he was preparing to teach two dance classes and a senior seminar at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Not so typical for a newly graduated,More »

What’s a Jellicle Cat? 

CATS holds a sacred place in many dancers’ hearts. Tackling T.S. Eliot’s alternate, feline universe offers a chance to be part of a legacy, and cast members speak reverentially of the show’s whimsy and technical demands. Now, in the current revival on Broadway, a new litter is exploring Andy Blankenbuehler’s movement layered in with GillianMore »

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 »

Like No Place Else

Site-specific performance presents unique challenges—but can be uniquely rewarding. When Rashaun Mitchell danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, he yearned for an alternative to the isolation he felt onstage. “Many times, the experience as a performer in a theater was lonely,” says Mitchell. “The lights are blinding. You look out into the blackness andMore »

Grin and Bear It

Katie Gibson remembers a particularly trying time from her early days in a ballet company: “We were rehearsing a story ballet exploring the history of America’s addictions,” says Gibson, who has most recently performed with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Ballet NY. “I was cast in the ’80s section, dancing the mambo and miming doingMore »

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 »


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 »