Dancer Spotlight: Angelina Vorontsova

It may be a dancer’s dream to hit the headlines, but Angelina Vorontsova would rather forget the moment she did. Soon after the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet director Sergei Filin, in January 2013, the young dancer, then just 21, found herself caught up in the storm. As suspect Pavel Dmitrichenko’s then girlfriend and aMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Alison Stroming

You could say that Alison Stroming is a model ballerina, literally. This spring, when the Dance Theatre of Harlem member appeared in store signs and a TV commercial for Tumi luggage with dancer-contortionist RubberLegz, she joined an exclusive list of ballet dancers who star in national advertising campaigns, like American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland andMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Candace Bouchard

Artur Sultanov in "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude" (photo by Blaine Covert, courtesy OBT)

Portland’s popular Wonder Ballroom, an indie music club, was packed wall to wall. A sea of hipster 20-somethings crowded in for the headline act: the locally famous band Horse Feathers and half a dozen Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers, united for the night under the name Uprising. High-energy choreography embodied the stirring lyrics, making this untraditionalMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Susan Roemer

Looking around Susan Roemer’s San Francisco apartment, you’d never know she’s a ballerina. There are no performance mementos on the walls, no basket of unsewn pointe shoes hinting at her role as one of Smuin Ballet’s most versatile dancers. Hailed for the edgy sensibility she brings to contemporary work like Trey McIntyre’s Oh, Inverted World,More »

Dancer Spotlight: Sean Omandam

It’s a beautiful day in a picturesque village, and Giselle and Albrecht are sharing a milkshake at the town diner. When he ignores a phone call from his girlfriend, Bathilde, she storms in and—wait, what? That quirky take is the creation of Colorado Ballet corps member Sean Omandam, who reinvented Giselle in his debut promotionalMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Nicola Curry

A boxing ring inside a large warehouse during New York’s Fashion Week last spring was the set for Nicola Curry’s latest choreographic adventure. Donning the ornate necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings of the design team DANNIJO, Curry and her American Ballet Theatre/Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School cast performed a ballet surrounded by models, buyers and fashionMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Jennifer Kronenberg

Being in a ballet company is consuming enough. Yet Jennifer Kronenberg is branching out beyond her role as a principal dancer at Miami City Ballet. Unlike many ballerinas, Kronenberg, 37, has taught regularly at MCB’s summer intensive. The sometimes startling gaps in her students’ knowledge has inspired Kronenberg to write a how-to guide, So, YouMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Krista Dowson

Krista Dowson has a little ritual she performs every time she steps onstage. Ever since joining The National Ballet of Canada in 2000 as an apprentice straight out of Canada’s National Ballet School, the corps de ballet member folds over at the waist and “greets” the stage with both hands. “It quite literally grounds me,”More »

Dancer Spotlight: Creative Spark

Troy Schumacher feels there’s no better education for a choreographer than New York City Ballet. The 27-year-old corps de ballet member has been watching and performing the company’s works since he came to New York City in 2002 as a student at the School of American Ballet. After joining the company in 2005, he becameMore »