Editor's Letter: A Bold Future

Published in the June/July 2009 issue.

A decade can be long or short. Since Pointe began publishing 10 years ago, ballet has embraced the 21st century with a passion, seemingly at warp speed. Today’s dancers Twitter about their company tours, audiences send texts to vote for their favorite new works and international stars have websites where they blog and chat with fans. It feels like a lot has changed since the spring of 2000, when Pointe debuted promising to help dancers grow in their technique, careers and love of the art.   

Or perhaps not so much has changed after all. As original editor Virginia Johnson wrote in her first column, “In ballet, you often start off with a dream, but you never know where that dream will take you.” A decade has taken Pointe from being a newcomer in the field to having a cherished place in the studios, green rooms and homes of ballet dancers. Yet the magazine today has the same goals it did in its first issue. And we want to help our readers more than ever.

In that spirit, we are excited to introduce several new departments. Meet our advice columnist, Amy Brandt, who dances with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, on page 32. She’ll be covering topics ranging from cross-training strategies to technical and artistic challenges. Send her your questions at www.pointemagazine.com/ask-amy. Turn to our new health section, “Your Best Body” (page 60), to find tips on nutrition, improving strength and avoiding injury. Check out “Training Ground” (page 64), our expanded education department, for scholarships, competitions and schools that can give you an edge professionally. And recognizing that versatility has become ballet’s new buzzword, we’ve added “On The Side” (page 28), which looks at a particular
professional dancer’s favorite other dance genre.

Will the next decade see as much change as the last? This anniversary issue celebrates all that may lie ahead. “In Their Hands” (page 46) looks at the promise represented by seven people making a difference in the field today. “Ballerina 2019” (page 42) takes on that most controversial of subjects: what the 21st century asks from a ballerina. And our cover story on The Royal Ballet’s Alexandra Ansanelli (page 36) highlights a true role model for today, one who’s versatile, focused and self-reliant—not to mention brave enough to take big artistic chances for even bigger artistic rewards.

We want to hear what you think about ballet’s next decade, and about our new coverage. Write to me at hrubin@dancemedia.com. The next ten years have lots of dreams to offer—Pointe wants to help you make yours come true.