Flying High

Last December—a few days before her 23rd birthday—Indiana Woodward did a quick barre backstage at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. In the purity of her port de bras and articulation of her cambered feet, she epitomized Russian-style elegance. Then she removed her warm-ups and suddenly looked more French than Russian, her pastel practice tutuMore »

My Week at the Prix

Lauren Hunter stands with her feet tightly crossed in fifth position, the number 102 pinned to the front of her leotard. The 15-year-old California native, who trains at Peninsula School of Performing Arts, is a long way from home, but she’s one step closer to achieving her dream of dancing professionally. Around her are dancersMore »

Your Best Body: Yoga advice, sneaky sugar and more

What Your Yoga Teacher Wishes You Knew Yoga has become a popular form of cross-training for ballet dancers, thanks to its stretching, strengthening and stress-relieving benefits. But it also poses challenges: How do you adapt your flexibility and turnout and shed your competitive nature to get the most out of class? Jennifer Goodman, a Chicago-basedMore »

The Workout: Katie Critchlow

A fresh perspective: Last year, Katie Critchlow went through seven months of recovery for a debilitating ankle sprain, but the process transformed her outlook on cross-training: “You think that doing ballet class every day is enough, but it’s not,” she says. “Ballet dancers are hypermobile, and in order to execute everything onstage when you’re tiredMore »

Boys to Men

As a teenager, Adrian Durham studied at his local ballet school in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “I was one of three or four guys training there, and there were no male teachers,” says Durham. “Most of my partnering experience came from rehearsals for performances.” But after he began training with the male scholarship program at CentralMore »

Shades of Intensity

In Wayne McGregor’s high-octane Chroma, The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb finds meditative stillness. As told to Laura Cappelle Chroma was the first ballet I worked on with Wayne McGregor, and it was like embarking on a relationship for the first time. There’s a heightened energy, an expectation and also the desire to be a vehicleMore »

Deep Roots, Many Branches

Unassuming audience members were in for a shock when 12 male dancers from Scottish Ballet performed Angelin Preljocaj’s MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) at the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival. The work explores virility and violence through a series of biblical allusions. Striking in its harshness and punishing physicality, it at times seemed almost cruelMore »

The European Difference

When Holly Dorger arrived in Copenhagen to join the Royal Danish Ballet after graduating from the School of American Ballet, she was shocked by the unfamiliar. “We brought home cat food thinking it was canned tuna,” she laughs, recollecting her first weeks among new surroundings. Nine years later, the principal dancer calls Copenhagen home, creditingMore »

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 »