April/May 2016


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  • Ask Amy -Photo by Nathan Sayers

    Take a Chance

    A dancer’s road will never be easy. That’s why it’s helpful to look to someone like Mayara Pineiro, whose ... More »

  • Callboard

    ABT Celebrates Ratmansky American Ballet Theatre’s Ratmansky Festival is the centerpiece of the company’s spring season at Lincoln Center’s ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Melissa Anduiza

    Hoop earrings are a trademark for Melissa Anduiza. “They remind me of my Cuban side,” she says. The Complexions ...

  • Inside Ashley Ellis’ Dance Bag

    Boston Ballet principal Ashley Ellis has a crafty side. When she started making herself legwarmers a few years ago, ...

  • Nao Kusuzaki

    Houston Ballet soloist Nao Kusuzaki’s expansive port de bras spreads across the stage like a pair of wings, fitting ...

  • Ask Amy: Pirouette Prep

    Do you have tips for prepping a pirouette with a straight back leg? I’m dancing a Balanchine ballet and ...

  • Marvelous Mayara

    After Pennsylvania Ballet’s Mayara Pineiro and Arian Molina Soca run their Nutcracker pas de deux in rehearsal, ballet master ...

  • Dateline: Havana

    “My dream was to dance in Cuba,” says Lorena Feijóo. “I didn’t want to leave my country.” It’s a ...

  • “The Best Training Decision I Ever Made”

    Deciding to pursue a career in dance is huge. But even with your eyes firmly on your goal, figuring ... More »

  • Semi-Pro Limbo

    After two years as a trainee and then one as a second company member at Orlando Ballet, 22-year-old Aurélio ... More »

  • Catching Up with Isaac Hernández

    At 25, Isaac Hernández is entering his prime, and he knows it. This eternally restless dancer, already a veteran ...

  • Story Ballets for the 21st Century

    In the Prologue to Christopher Wheeldon’s recent ballet The Winter’s Tale, two boys, princely playmates who one day will ...

  • Spring Into Summer

    Shopping for your summer intensive shouldn’t feel like a chore. We’ve gathered dance bag essentials, and classwear that’s both ...

  • Simple but Effective Ankle Strengtheners

    Even after years of pointework, ankle strengthening never stops. Freshen up your warm-up routine with these three daily exercises ...

  • The Workout: Rachel Van Buskirk

    Om at home: Three days a week, Van Buskirk spends about 20 minutes waking up with yoga. “I build ...

  • The Mirror: Friend or Foe?

    Suddenly, all I could see in the mirror was a fuzzy, dancer-shaped outline. I had accidentally rubbed out my ...

  • Dream Role: Swan Song—Uliana Lopatkina

    The Dying Swan, choreographed by Michel Fokine for Anna Pavlova, is a short but powerful solo often reserved for ... More »

  • The “Show-Me” Director

    “There’s always boxes of color to help with that,” says Kansas City Ballet artistic director Devon Carney when I ...

  • The Power of Dance

    Since the start of her career at American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been committed to giving back. “Having ... More »

  • Reverence: Dynamic Elegance

    You’ve been at the Joffrey Ballet for your whole career. What do you love about the company? When I ...