Your Training: On the Spot

Terrified doesn’t quite express how Boston Ballet’s Kathleen Breen Combes felt when choreographer Helen Pickett chose her to dance the opening solo for Pickett’s new ballet, Etesian: One and a half minutes of pure improvisation. In deafening silence. Ninety seconds suddenly seemed like an eternity. “It was one of the most stressful things I’ve everMore »

Competitive Edge: When You Fall

In her first solo at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix semifinals, Miko Fogarty leaped onstage with a buoyant jeté. A suspended attitude turn followed; the 12-year-old dancer looked calm and steady. But moments later, after a simple pirouette, Fogarty slipped and belly flopped, landing hard on the marley floor. The audience gasped—and her fallMore »

Your Training: Your Summer to Shine

When San Francisco Ballet corps de ballet member Elizabeth Powell was a student, summer intensives were her way to explore the ballet world. Each July, she ventured out in search of new experiences. She attended Boston Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet and eventually San Francisco Ballet School—which ended up taking herMore »

Your Training: The Must-Haves

New York City Ballet performs The Sleeping Beauty. The Kirov dedicates an evening to Balanchine and Robbins. The Royal Ballet keeps Wayne McGregor on contract as resident choreographer. In today’s globally integrated dance world, it’s no longer enough to find one style that suits you and stick with it. Ballet companies are trying to keepMore »

Your Training: Under Pressure

Before ever trying out for a company, most advanced ballet students already feel like audition pros. Through the summer intensive experience, they learn how to manage nerves, which leotard they look best in and they may even have a lucky number they vie for in line. But professional open calls demand far more than studentMore »

Your Training: The Coordination Equation

Have you ever seen a dancer stand in arabesque looking like a prima, then have difficulty stringing together a pas de bourrée? What she’s missing is coordination. It may seem simple, but without the ability to move all parts of your body together efficiently, grace and clarity will be impossible to achieve. “For me,” saysMore »

Your Training

From Russia To MichiganThe Midwest isn’t usually the first place you’d look for old-world technique. But for the past three Augusts, Michigan’s Russian Ballet Festival has brought in dancers from the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballets, as well as Russian principals who currently dance in American companies, to train intermediate to professional-level students. “The Russian artistsMore »

Going The Festival Route

Summer dance festivals are well known as hot spots for world-class performances. But several also offer one-of-a-kind training opportunities for advanced students—including ballet students. With top companies flying in from around the globe, dancers can experience a diverse array of the most current work being created. Although there isn’t as much time spent on techniqueMore »

Your Training

New York’s New Preprofessional Companies New York’s Joffrey Ballet School recently launched a preprofessional company for its “Joffrey Ballet” program, and plans to start two more companies for its other two divisions (which include “Classical Ballet,” led by Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov, and “Jazz and Contemporary Dance”).    Each of the three companies willMore »