Dancer Spotlight: Breaking The Mold

Onstage, Dusty Button defies categorization. The Birmingham Royal Ballet corps member from South Carolina uses her long, swan-like lines with typical English softness but bursts with energy in spiky contemporary work. Once told by a teacher at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School that she had “too many ingredients” in her soup, Button mayMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Swan In The Making

For a dancer who looks so at ease in the air, 19-year-old April Giangeruso earns compliments that could be mis­taken for complaints: “She’s got both feet on the ground,” or “She’s well-grounded.” Now an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre, Giangeruso has always had exceptional focus. The praise from admiring teachers and coaches is a tributeMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Balanchine Baby

When Miami City Ballet soloist Allynne Noelle dances the “tall girl” in Balanchine’s “Rubies” from Jewels, her long, supple legs and natural vivacity punctuate the jazzy choreography. Her sheer enjoyment of the movement gives the solo an all-American dash of wholesome sex appeal. “I love ‘Rubies,’ ” she says. “I think the solo girl’s personalityMore »

Dancer Spotlight: The Great Gabby

Gabriella Yudenich is one of those dancers who looks completely at home in the ballet studio. A petite brunette with sparkling eyes, the Pennsylvania Ballet soloist has an infectious laugh that she doesn’t hesitate to unleash, even in the middle of a packed, slightly frantic rehearsal. Whether in rehearsal or performance, she stands out forMore »

Double Duty

Watching Kiyon Gaines work in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s company class, you wouldn’t guess that he’s also a choreographer. From the careful thought he gives to each step, it’s clear he’s very focused on his technique. And yet in the past four years, this 27-year-old corps member has choreographed 16 works, two of which PNB hasMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Delicate Dynamism

When American Ballet Theatre offered Katherine Williams a place in its corps, she had no idea how big a transition lay ahead. Williams’ long line, liquid-smooth control and elegant port de bras had helped her advance quickly from student at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School to ABT II member and, finally, into the company itself.More »

Dancer Spotlight: Flying High

Isaac Hernández found himself onstage at San Francisco Ballet’s opening gala last January partnering Tina LeBlanc in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Although Hernández was merely a member of the corps, LeBlanc had requested him as a partner. The partnering was serviceable, but Hernández’s aerial trajectory was astonishing. Critics left talking about him. Hernández, aMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Home Grown Charmer

With a name like Grace, long legs, flexible hips and an innate elegance, Grace Shibley seems to have been destined for ballet. But when asked what comes easily for her, a smile breaks out on her pretty, heart-shaped face: “I don’t feel like anything comes easily!” Her teachers might put it differently, citing Shibley’s workMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Dedicated Explorer

There is something refreshing about 23-year-old Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company member Emily Proctor. Perhaps it’s her calm, quiet nature, her modest attitude or her everlasting desire to learn and improve. Whatever it is, her admirable work ethic has made her a valuable addition to the ASFB roster. “Emily’s a maniac when it comes toMore »