Dancer Spotlight: Fast-Forward

With her long, slender arms and legs, Houston Ballet’s Jacquelyn Long has a gazelle-like quality—lyrical yet ready to charge through space with aggressive confidence. That may be why she looked so at home this past season in Balanchine’s impossibly paced Ballet Imperial. “I’m Herbie, Fully Loaded,” quips the 20-year-old corps member. “I like to goMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Beyond Fear

Pacific Northwest Ballet corps member Emma Love never expected to perform as one of the flirtatious women in Jirí Kylián’s Sechs Tänze. Then barely a year in the corps, Love was fourth in line for the part. But when other dancers got injured, she went on, handling Kylián’s idiosyncrasies with aplomb. It was tangible proofMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Dancing for Mr. B

Reported by Lauren Kay   Natalia Alonso doesn’t have Maria Tallchief’s black hair or chiseled features. But given Alonso’s dramatic flair, honed at Ballet Hispanico and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, playing—and dancing—the Balanchine ballerina seems well within her reach. No surprise, then, that Alonso was cast as Tallchief in Nikolai and the Others, a new playMore »

Dancer Spotlight: High Flyer

Pennsylvania Ballet corps member Alexander Peters is only in his third year as a professional dancer, but his short career has already had more than its share of twists and turns. And while the twists have been surprising—including dancing the lead in two full-length ballets—the turns have been impeccable. “The first thing you notice aboutMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Natural Authority

Audiences at New York City Ballet could not help noticing Taylor Stanley when he joined the corps last year. Ruggedly handsome and classically proportioned, his supple authority was clear as soon as he began to dance. He made every lift seem deceptively easy and his leaps possessed an airy, unfailingly musical clarity. Stanley watchers weren’tMore »

Dancer Spotlight: The Underdog

It was an understudy’s worst nightmare: subbing on short notice in the front row of the corps in La Bayadère’s Shades scene. Last spring on the Paris Opéra stage, Hannah O’Neill struggled to hold one of the devilish arabesques, and had to put her leg down. “I had an attack of nerves,” O’Neill says. “IMore »

Dancer Spotlight: The Part-Time Muse

When Leanne Cope takes the stage in Liam Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows, her expressive, fluid movement hints at a lost relationship. In a company overflowing with foreign talent, she is practically an old-school dance actress. Her striking eyes and unshowy extensions bring to mind past Royal Ballet stars like Lynn Seymour, Kenneth MacMillan’s famous muse. TheMore »

Dancer Spotlight: A Quest for Quality

Few of her colleagues in New York City Ballet could have been surprised when they learned that Ashly Isaacs was one of the four corps members ballet master in chief Peter Martins had cast in his latest work, Mes Oiseaux. Lauren Lovette, Claire Kretzschmar, Taylor Stanley and Isaacs were not only its entire cast, butMore »

Dancer Spotlight: ABT by Way of Australia

Stephanie Williams, one of American Ballet Theatre’s newest corps members, loves to move. As she waltzes and balancés through a rehearsal of Giselle, she’s as involved dancing a peasant in the ensemble as she would be dancing Giselle herself. Williams brings considerable experience to her corps position. She danced with The Australian Ballet for fourMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Determined to Dazzle

When Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo selected Corina Gill to perform alongside three of the company’s best-known dancers—Kathleen Breen Combes, Whitney Jensen and Lia Cirio—in his 2012 premiere Sharper Side of Dark, she did not shy away from the challenge. Within Elo’s dark, intriguingly beautiful universe, Gill created a magnetism all her own. WhetherMore »