We Tried It: The Museum Workout With Monica Bill Barnes

I was doing jumping jacks in front of a sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this morning when a security guard’s face caught my eye. He was grinning from cheek to cheek. And his smile reminded me, Oh right, this isn’t normal. Instead, it was Monica Bill Barnes‘ latest experiment: The Museum Workout. For the next four weeks, Barnes andMore »

#MotivationMonday: Iconic Ballerina Edition

One of my favorite things about working at Dance Magazine is our massive photo archive. As you might imagine, after 90 years we have a pretty impressive collection, one where you might find black and white photographs of Maria Tallchief and Jerome Robbins dancing on the beach, or George Balanchine posing as Titania with the original cast of his A Midsummer Night’sMore »

Go Inside a Dance Class for the Blind at The Royal Ballet

Increased confidence. Better range of motion. Improved balance. A sense of freedom. Most dancers, including those who are blind or partially sighted, would say that ballet training teaches all of these. Though dance is a highly visual art form, there’s no denying the kinesthetic reward of moving the body. That’s exactly why these students attend the Monday Moves classes,More »

What a Russian Dancer Really Thinks About Performing in the U.S.

Growing up in Moscow, the American dance world was my American dream. I was a competitive ballroom-turned-jazz dancer, and I wanted nothing more than to perform jazz dance at its place of origin: the United States. But in Russia, we had certain stereotypes and misconceptions about the way the dance world works in the U.S. SinceMore »

Why Aesha Ash is Wandering Around Inner City Rochester in a Tutu

Growing up in inner city Rochester, NY, Aesha Ash was just one of the neighborhood kids. She’d imagine people driving by, judging her by her black skin. “They’d never know that I was dreaming of becoming a professional ballet dancer. No one would think, Some day she’s going to make it into New York City Ballet,” says Ash. After anMore »