Reverence: Vanessa Zahorian—Grace and Tenacity

You trained partly at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. What’s the most important thing you got out of that experience? The opportunity to go to Russia at age 16. Oleg Vinogradov, the director at the time, chose me to be an apprentice with the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet. I worked with AndrisMore »

Reverence: Greta Hodgkinson—Staying Power

You’re celebrating 25 years with the National Ballet of Canada. What makes it home? I wanted to join the National Ballet because it had one of the best repertoires in the world. We do all the staples of the classical canon and yet get to work with amazing creators like Jirˇí Kylián, William Forsythe, GlenMore »

Nutcracker Survival Tips

Alana Griffith Artist, Milwaukee Ballet Favorite role: Clara “Clara was my first soloist role and the first role I did where my character danced through the entire ballet. I liked playing with different ways of making her sweet and lovable or bratty and funny. Switching from Clara to the corps to divertissements makes the rehearsalMore »

An Inner Spark: Reverence with Megan Fairchild

New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild brings lessons from Broadway to her performances. You took a year off to perform on Broadway as Ivy Smith in On the Town. What did you learn from that experience? If I’m not being classical I can be kind of a goofy dancer, so it was a goodMore »