On the Rise: Isabella De Vivo

Dynamic and musical, the new SFB corps member already has leading roles.     DeVivo in Myles Thatcher’s Stone and Steel. Photo by Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB.   Few first-year corps members dance featured roles in ballets by Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. But San Francisco Ballet’s 19-year-old Isabella DeVivo is the exception that provesMore »

Damage Control

Involving the artistic staff in her recovery helped Lindsi Dec keep her career on track.     PNB’s Lindsi Dec in Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Photo by Angela Sterling, Courtesy PNB   When Lindsi Dec stepped onstage in a dress rehearsal for Cinderella two years ago, a fast fouetté arabesque ended in a torn calf muscle.More »

Painless Goodbyes

There’s a right way to leave a company.   Heather McGinley in Paul Taylor’s Arabesque. Photo by Paul B.Goode, Courtesy PTDC Heather McGinley’s transition from the Martha Graham Dance Company to Paul Taylor had few bumps. She had danced with Graham for several seasons, but always longed to work with Taylor. She auditioned unsuccessfully inMore »

On the Rise: Roddy Doble

The Boston Ballet dancer brings emotion as well as athleticism to his roles.   In the world premiere of the angular, abstract Resonance by Jose Martinez at Boston Ballet, you wouldn’t have known that Roddy Doble has spent most of his career in classic story ballets. His athletic build and the explosive quality of hisMore »

Ramp Up Online

New features on LinkedIn help build your visibility—and opportunities.   As the more business-y social media platform, LinkedIn has flown under the radar for many dancers. But the career-oriented service has a lot to offer performing artists, especially now that it lets members include images and link to video. “Whether you’re a dancer or aMore »

Your Career: Membership Has Its Privileges

From closed auditions to guaranteed breaks, joining a union gives dancers special benefits.     Health insurance. Salary increases. Overtime. Hazard pay. In dancers’ short careers, these words are rarely heard unless you happen to be working under a union contract. When a union represents dancers, salaries and benefits are negotiated on their behalf, oversightMore »

Take 5 for Your Career: Reeling It In

Choreographers need to be smart in how they showcase work.   A choreographer must be able to show work to presenters and competition judges in a portable format. But creating an effective reel can pose challenges, the biggest being that no single sampling is appropriate for all opportunities. Sometimes you must submit an entire piece,More »