Our Best Tips: Summer Intensive Auditions

Kirov Academy of Ballet

Just as all the Nutcracker madness comes to an end, summer intensive audition season begins. Whether you’re looking to spend your first summer away from home or hoping to get your foot in the door at your dream company, auditioning can be a daunting process. To help you manage this anxious time of year, we’veMore »

After Thieves Run Off With Nutcracker Costumes, Festival Ballet Providence Finds Nick-of-Time Help

Festival Ballet Providence Nutcracker

Apparently, there’s a black market for Nutcracker costumes. Back in November, Festival Ballet Providence artistic director Mihailo Djuric found himself in a serious bind when a trip to the company’s storage facility in Pawtucket, RI, revealed that 57 costumes for its upcoming Nutcracker production had been stolen. Important items such as a Swarovski crystal-embellished SugarMore »

Sergei Polunin Gets His Big Hollywood Break

It looks like Sergei Polunin has finally gotten his wish. The controversial dancer, who abruptly quit The Royal Ballet in 2012 after becoming the company’s youngest-ever principal, has repeatedly expressed his desire to be in movies. In fact, his current status as a permanent guest artist at Bavarian State Ballet allows him to have moreMore »

Editor’s Letter: Start Thinking Ahead

Injuries always come at the most inconvenient time. Our cover guy, Derek Dunn, was on the fast track towards a promotion when he faced a double whammy: two back-to-back foot injuries that kept him out of commission for six months. Being unable to dance made him question everything, and forced him to explore life outsideMore »

Editor’s Letter: What Does it Mean to Be a Role Model?

I think most of us would agree that a mix of strength, integrity and grace make up a large part of the equation. A good one also understands the inspirational effect they have on younger generations. At our cover shoot, American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera was nothing less than a class act. When ourMore »

Ask Amy: Getting a Cold for Christmas

I always get sick during Nutcracker. Help! —Emily Long days, late nights, chilly weather and overworked bodies make the perfect recipe for disaster during Nutcracker season. I’ll never forget burning up with a fever backstage in my Arabian costume, or the time when a flu outbreak caused major casualties in our Snow and Flower corps.More »

NYCB, Paris Opéra Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet Announce Historic Jewels Collaboration

George Balanchine’s Jewels, a glittering three-act, plotless ballet that many consider one of the choreographer’s most revered masterpieces, turns 50 next year. In honor of its anniversary, Lincoln Center announced this morning that three of the world’s most prestigious companies—New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet—will share the stage in aMore »

Are You A Budding Choreographer? This Competition May Be for You.

Ballet Arkansas Visions Choreogrpahic Competition

When you’re an emerging choreographer, nothing’s better than free space, beautiful dancers, exposure to artistic directors and a chance to showcase your work. From now until December 15, Ballet Arkansas is accepting applications for its Visions Winter 2017 Choreographic Competition. The competition, which will be held on March 3, gives dancemakers five days to choreographMore »

Finding Prodigal

New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz on the elusive nature of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.  As told to Amy Brandt Prodigal Son is the most important role of my career, and the most challenging. It’s not only powerful physically; it takes you on a journey, and hopefully you take the audience with you. It’sMore »