“They Hate Me!”

When Lilliana Hagerman auditioned for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive, she felt overwhelmingly intimidated. “The other dancers were all so beautiful,” remembers Hagerman, now a dancer with Kansas City Ballet. “I thought that if I made one mistake it would be over.” Hagerman did make a mistake: She slipped and fell during grand allégro. “IMore »

Finding Prodigal

New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz on the elusive nature of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.  As told to Amy Brandt Prodigal Son is the most important role of my career, and the most challenging. It’s not only powerful physically; it takes you on a journey, and hopefully you take the audience with you. It’sMore »

On the Upswing

As the dancers processed through downtown Orlando—smiling, laughing, heads held high—Orlando Ballet artistic director Robert Hill allowed himself to relax and take in the moment. It was 2013 and the company was headed toward its future. Rising from the rubble of a construction site was the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The dancersMore »

Not Just For Kids

While New York City Ballet was off last August, corps member Sasonah Huttenbach was hard at work at the Danish Ballet Masters program, a two-week Bournonville workshop in New York City led by former Royal Danish Ballet dancers Mogens Boesen and Linda Hindberg. While they have always offered a student intensive, last summer Boesen andMore »

Reverence: Iana Salenko—Diminutive Dynamo

Staatsballett Berlin’s Iana Salenko on guestings, salsa music and her knack for design. What are you most proud of in your career? I’m a tiny dancer, so to dance roles for tall ballerinas I would never have dreamed about, like Swan Lake—I’m very proud that I managed to get them. What’s the hardest thing aboutMore »

The Real Reason You’re Late For Your Morning Class

If you identify as a “night owl,” then you’re probably all too familiar with the feeling of running late. Maybe you’ve been trying to get into an early-morning cross-training routine for months, but when the alarm goes off, the struggle becomes all too real. Or you have no trouble performing until late at night, butMore »

Show and Tell: Jordan-Elizabeth Long

When Miami City Ballet soloist Jordan-Elizabeth Long previously danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet, professional hairdressers styled her performance hair. “If you came in with a messy bag full of pins, they got really annoyed,” Long says. Ever since, she has kept her pins organized in a multicompartment plastic case. In fact, Long’s dance bagMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Alexis Fletcher

Vancouver, British Columbia’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games were golden for more than just big-name athletes. Like so many Vancouverites at that time, Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher and her husband, former rehearsal director Sylvain Senez, struggled to keep pace with the skyrocketing cost of living. The couple wondered if they could rent out two emptyMore »

Ask Amy: Degree Dilemmas

Should I turn down an apprenticeship to finish my dance degree, or should I put my education on pause? —Ashleigh Congratulations on receiving an apprenticeship offer! They don’t come every day. If you think you’re ready for company life, and will be full of regrets if you turn the offer down, you can always resumeMore »

Our Best Tips: Boost Creativity

As dancers, you know how rewarding creative endeavors can be—but you also know how tremendously challenging they are. Sometimes we just don’t feel inspired, or new ideas seem out of reach. Creativity is complicated: Earlier this month, researchers at Kent University and Sussex University identified 14 different components that make up the creative process, likeMore »