Published October 1, 2015
Nikiya’s epic “death” solo at the end of La Bayadère’s second act is more than a test of stamina: It’s integral to the ballet’s plot. In it, Nikiya laments her doomed relationship with Prince Solor, rejoices upon receiving a basket of flowers she believes to be from him and collapses af…more »
Published June 2, 2015
Jerome Robbins' "Afternoon of a Faun"more »

What is it that makes certain performers magnetic?

This past weekend I saw Pacific Northwest Ballet perform at the Joyce here in New York City. I was taken aback by the bevy of beautiful bodies onstage. Almost every female dancer had exquisitely long limbs, ideal ballet proportions, feet to die for and even model-worthy facial features. They were Ballerina Barbie come to life—if Ballerina Barbie had been designed by George Balanchine.

Published December 10, 2009
Finding artistry in a world obsessed with technique more »
Published December 2, 2009
One dancer's approach to dancing Swanilda in Coppelia.more »
Published December 1, 2009
What to expect during your first year in the corps de ballet.more »
Published November 24, 2009
Digging deep to find a role’s essencemore »
Published November 24, 2009
The sweat and magic that go into creating onstage chemistrymore »
Published November 24, 2009
By sharing their talents to help others in need, dancers can discover a kind of inspiration that they can’t get from technique class.more »
Published November 23, 2009
What will it take to command the stage a decade from today?more »