Your Career: When Music Meets Movement

Commissioning work from a composer Choreographers often think of their tools as space, time, shape and motion. But as choreographer Stephen Petronio puts it, music rules: “You can shut your eyes, but you have to put your fingers in your ears to stop listening.” He regularly commissions composers whose work he admires—like Laurie Anderson andMore »

Your Career: When It’s Time to Switch Agents

Starting over requires ample business and etiquette savvy.      When Bobby Amamizu began his career with a major agency in his early teens, he was a talented tap dancer whose first job was working for Michael Rooney on Fiona Apple’s “Paper Bag” music video. But many of his non-tap opportunities to follow came throughMore »

The Road to Residency

How do colleges choose guest artists?   GMU dancers perform Stephen Petronio’s Lareigne during a residency. Photo by Evan Cantwell, Courtesy GMU.   Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes has been an artist in residence at more than 10 universities over the last decade. These gigs have given her the chance to hone her teaching skills andMore »

On the Rise: Lillian Di Piazza

The Pennsylvania Ballet soloist transforms for classical and contemporary roles alike.     Di Piazza in Coppélia. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet. With an easy elegance, 24-year-old Lillian Di Piazza gravitates to lyrical roles. But she’ll take on any challenge. Promoted last season from the corps to soloist, she shifts from percussive jazzinessMore »

Your Career: Don’t Touch Me Like That!

In the studio, close contact sometimes crosses the line. What can you do?     In the dance studio, dancers’ bodies are tools for choreographers and artistic directors. The collaborative nature of the work—frank discussion, hands-on corrections and partnering in skimpy clothes—requires trust. That intimacy can lead to miscommunications, and to outright sexual harassment. “TheMore »

Beyond the Broadway Footlights

Helping choreographers develop shows has given Alison Solomon’s career a new dimension.     Rehearsing with dancer Billy Griffin for an Andy Blankenbuehler workshop. Photo by Jeremy Davis. Alison Solomon’s recent jobs read like a musical theater dream sheet: associate to Broadway choreographer Josh Prince on the current hit Beautiful; associate to choreographer Josh BergasseMore »