Pointe Exclusive: Watch an Excerpt from Wendy Whelan’s Doc Restless Creature

Wendy WHelan in a scene from "Restless Creature"

As dancers, we know we have a short window of time to achieve as much as we can before our bodies start working against us—and then what? For former New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan, the thought of transitioning out of ballet after a 30-year career was particularly hard to grasp. Remarkably honest andMore »

#TBT: Lauren Anderson and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

Lauren Anderson and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

The ’90s were an exciting time at Houston Ballet. Lauren Anderson, who became Houston’s first African–American principal dancer in 1990, reigned as its technical powerhouse; a few years later, a young Cuban wonder named Carlos Acosta joined the company and became one of her regular partners. The results were nothing less than explosive, as this clipMore »

Lincoln Center’s All-Star Jewels Casting Announced

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in "Diamonds" from Jewels.

In November, Lincoln Center announced that three of the world’s biggest companies—New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet—would present a collaborative performance of George Balanchine’s Jewels July 20–23 in honor of the ballet’s 50th anniversary. Each company will take an act, with the Paris Opéra performing “Emeralds” and NYCB and theMore »

Watch This Behind-the-Scenes Video of ABT’s Whipped Cream

Fluffy snow yaks, dancing cupcakes and a slithering candy-cane worm. These, along with many more candy confections (and a creepy doctor with a massive head), make up the cast of characters in Alexei Ratmansky’s new full-length Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre. The company, which performed the world premiere in California in March, is gearingMore »

Daniel Ulbricht’s Dance Against Cancer Brings Together Ballet’s Biggest Stars

Amar Raasar Tiler Peck

When New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht and Manhattan Youth Ballet programming director Erin Fogarty first produced Dance Against Cancer: An Evening to Benefit the American Cancer Society back in 2010, they likely had no idea how big it would become. Now a highly anticipated annual event, Dance Against Cancer has raised almost $1More »

Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington in Jiří Kylián’s Nuages

Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington

It’s often said that the key ingredient in a successful partnership is trust. In this 1994 clip from a Dancers for Life benefit performance, Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Evelyn Hart and National Ballet of Canada’s Rex Harrington demonstrate trust in action as they perform Jiří Kylián’s Nuages. The two stars of Canadian ballet frequently danced together,More »

Why Aren’t We Teaching Aspiring Ballerinas How to Choreograph?

Crystal Pite

In February, I attended the Prix de Lausanne, where I moderated a series of panel discussions that were open to the competing students, their teachers and parents, and the public. One topic I was particularly excited about concerned women in leadership roles, and how the ballet world can better nurture leadership qualities in female dancers. MyMore »

Why You Need to Apply to YoungArts

Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo in "Sleeping Beauty"

Are you a dancer between the ages of 15 and 18, or in high school grades 10–12? Are you interested in receiving scholarships (up to $10,000), working with mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov and having a chance to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts? Then the National YoungArts Foundation wants to hear fromMore »

NYCB Is (Still) Taking Over Broadway

Justin Peck

Is there any stopping Justin Peck? In less than a decade, the 29-year-old New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer has made over 30 ballets, quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after dancemakers. Now he can add another milestone to the list: Broadway. This week, The New York Times reported that Peck will choreograph the Broadway revival ofMore »

And the Nominees for the Benois de la Danse Are…

Misa Kuranaga in Onegin

Hollywood may have the Oscars, but ballet has the Benois de la Danse. The glamorous awards ceremony, held each year at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, recognizes the year’s best dancers and choreographers around the globe. The 2017 nominees were announced yesterday, and they include some of our favorite dancers, including two Pointe cover stars! Two principalMore »