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After the abrupt departure of artistic director Christopher Stowell last month, the fate of Oregon Ballet Theatre seemed up in the air. But the picture's looking brighter already. Anne Mueller, who was the company's star dancer until her retirement in 2011, has taken over as interim artistic director through the end of the 2013 season.

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Abi Stafford

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointereached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Shelby Elsbree

Company: Royal Danish Ballet

Rank: Corps de ballet

 

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Name: Quinn Wharton

Company: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, formerly San Francisco Ballet

 

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

Successful ballet dancers all share one trait: a relentless determination to improve. To close out 2012, Pointe reached out to dancers we covered this past year to find out their resolutions for the next one.

 

It's hard to take your eyes off Maria Kochetkova, whether she's on stage or off. In a tutu, it's the delicate dynamism of her dancing that makes her magnetic. On the street, it's her out-of-this-world fashion sense.

 

This past year saw a bounty of ballet beauty. There were jaw-dropping premieres, some exciting new collaborations and a number of promising dancers who began to make their mark. As senior editor of Pointe, I got to witness much of it, and I have to say I had a blast. Here are my personal top 12 highlights of 2012.

 

This interview appeared in the December 19 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.