The Protégé

A rehearsal viewing can be daunting for any young choreographer. But when the person watching you work is Alexei Ratmansky, one of the world’s greatest living choreographers, it could easily be overwhelming. “We had a five-hour rehearsal, and he sat on the marley and took notes the whole time,” recalls San Francisco Ballet corps memberMore »

A Choreographer’s Vision

What was the appeal of creating your own version of Swan Lake?I grew up loving The Royal Ballet’s staging of it by Anthony Dowell, and then I danced Balanchine’s version with the New York City Ballet, with a “white act” I particularly admired. I wanted to remain faithful to the original, but I never feltMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Krista Dowson

Krista Dowson has a little ritual she performs every time she steps onstage. Ever since joining The National Ballet of Canada in 2000 as an apprentice straight out of Canada’s National Ballet School, the corps de ballet member folds over at the waist and “greets” the stage with both hands. “It quite literally grounds me,”More »

Anatomy of a Paycheck

Rent. Car insurance. Gas bills. Electric bills. Groceries. Copays. Union dues. An itemized list of expenses probably doesn’t appear in your dreams of joining a ballet company. But when you sign your first contract—which, for many dancers, means moving away from the financial security of home—reality hits. Sure, you’ll be getting paid to do whatMore »

Bringing Color To Ballet

Diversity is not going to just happen to ballet companies—that much is clear. At a time when attitudes toward race seem to be evolving—in this country and across the globe—dancers of color are still too few and far between when it comes to ballet. Yet the situation is not at a standstill. Under the radar,More »

Dancers’ Top 5 Food Mistakes

Pointe spoke with Roberta Anding, sports dietitian for Houston Ballet, about the biggest nutrition mistakes dancers don’t realize they’re making. 1. Being afraid of foods that are filling or cause temporary bloating. Nutrient-dense, moderate-calorie foods, such as broth-based soups, fruits, vegetables, skim milk and yogurt, will actually help keep hunger at bay. (Limit milk, however,More »