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Op-Ed: What's Missing in the Peter Martins Investigation

Former New York City Ballet dancer Wilhelmina Frankfurt first spoke out about sexual misconduct at NYCB in Psychology Tomorrow in 2012. Since October, she’s been working with The Washington Post reporter Sarah Kaufman for a story about Peter Martins, and when the School of American Ballet began investigating Martins for an anonymous accusation, she was […]

Peter Martins Is Taking A Leave of Absence As More Accusations Surface

Last night, the New York City Ballet board of directors approved ballet master in chief Peter Martins’ request for a temporary leave of absence amidst an ongoing investigation into sexual harassment. The investigation came to light on Monday, when the New York Times reported that NYCB and the School of American Ballet had hired a […]

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What Would It Take to Change The Culture of Dancing Through Injury?

From a very early age, dancers are taught that pain comes with the territory. When injuries inevitably arise, dancers feel shame, social stigma and tremendous pressure to bounce back as quickly as possible. This means taking a risk by downplaying the severity, or hiding it altogether due to fear.

Join Us for a Q&A With Pacific Northwest Ballet's Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan on April 22

Simply put, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan is a dazzling performer—we couldn’t take our eyes off of her when she danced the lead pas de deux from “Rubies” during an online company performance in October. In our March/April digital cover story, PNB artistic director Peter Boal describes the 23-year-old corps member as having a “go-for-broke […]

What Makes It So Difficult to Diversify Ballet Faculties?

The lack of Black ballet teachers in professional training programs has long been known to be a weakness holding the field back from true inclusivity. The common refrain of “We can’t find them” might have been plausible before, given the scarcity of professional Black ballet dancers. Yet suddenly, qualified candidates are springing up. (Perhaps the […]

Tokenism vs. Representation: How Can We Tell Them Apart?

Last year’s Black Lives Matter protests jolted the ballet world into action. All of a sudden, things that once “took time” instantaneously became easy fixes, like it was an episode of Oprah’s favorite things for Black people: “You get an opportunity, and you get an opportunity!” Much of this sudden, reactionary change has elicited high […]

6 Editor-Approved Performances Happening Onstage and Online This Month

Dance artists are no strangers to making it work. From brand-new premieres to digital reimaginings, these six performances, slated to find stages and screens this month, prove just how true that is. Imagining Indigenous Futures Dancing Earth’s Esmé Olivia Anne Pesata, Courtesy Dancing Earth ONLINE Contemporary Indigenous dance company Dancing Earth explodes antiquated stereotypes of […]