The Final Round

Every four years, dancers from around the globe descend on Jackson, Mississippi, for the USA International Ballet Competition. The only IBC hosted in the U.S. (the others are held in Varna, Bulgaria; Helsinki, Finland; and Moscow), it has served as a major turning point in the early careers of artists such as Nina Ananiashvili, JoséMore »

Stars of the Corps

Amanda Assucena, Joffrey Ballet Not many first-year company members get the chance to perform a principal role, let alone two—but last season, the Joffrey Ballet’s Amanda Assucena did just that. In addition to dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy in the company’s production of The Nutcracker, Assucena, then 19, was cast as the lead in KrzysztofMore »

The New DTH

Photography by Quinn Wharton When Dance Theatre of Harlem made its comeback last April at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the company and its admirers exhaled a collective sigh of relief. “Having that behind us gives us a level of confidence,” says DTH artistic director Virginia Johnson. The company broke even with the New York engagement,More »

A New Passion

Photography by Kyle Froman   It’s rare to see celebrated ballet dancers outside of the grand opera houses that form their natural habitat. But Martha Clarke’s Chéri, which runs through December 22 at New York’s 294-seat Signature Theatre, gives audiences an up-close look at prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri and American Ballet Theatre star HermanMore »

A Day In the Life of Misty Copeland

Photos by Jim Lafferty American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland imbues her roles with a fierce elegance. Last fall, Pointe trailed her through a busy day of class, rehearsals and a gala evening, and talked to her about some of her latest roles and projects. Copeland was preparing to begin rehearsals for the lead inMore »