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 »

Ask Amy Web Exclusive: Is it Okay to Seek Feedback After an Audition?

I’m often cut from the final round of auditions. Is there a polite way to follow up with directors and ask them for feedback? —Megan  When it comes to seeking feedback from directors, I think it depends on the situation and the method of communication. If it’s a large cattle call and you’ve been cutMore »

Call Board

Two Premieres for Alexei Ratmansky Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky will have world premieres on two coasts this winter. On February 10, Miami City Ballet will debut his new one-act version of The Fairy’s Kiss to Stravinsky’s celebrated score, a homage to Tchaikovsky. The following month, on March 15, at California’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, AmericanMore »

Studio to Street: Brittany Stone

There’s one accessory Brittany Stone doesn’t leave home without: her headphones. “I’m always listening to music, usually something from the ‘90s,” she says. “It just makes your day better, especially in the morning when you don’t really want to get up and take class.” Her playlist is full of “good walking music”—upbeat songs that getMore »

Inside Victoria Hulland’s Dance Bag

You could say that Victoria Hulland is Sarasota Ballet’s resident corn pad dealer. The principal dancer keeps her bag stocked with special, extra-thick pads, which she uses between her toes. “A lot of the girls come to me if they have really bad corns,” she says. “You can’t buy these from CVS.” Since she getsMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Devin Larsen

In her first season as a corps member with Oklahoma City Ballet, Devin Larsen stood among the 17 dancers who made the audience gasp as the curtain came up on Balanchine’s Serenade. But her path to getting there would make anyone gasp. At age 3, Larsen was diagnosed with epilepsy. She averaged 20 complex partialMore »

Beating Audition Anxieties

How do you “perform” at auditions without being obnoxious? —Mikayla Auditions are no place to hide or act self-consciously—but there’s a fine line between being assertive and being aggressive. Focus on keeping your movements lush without getting in the other dancers’ way. Keep your face pleasant and relaxed (emphatic nodding and sky-high eyebrows signal thatMore »