What Dance Means to the Artists of Boston Ballet

Funding for the arts has always been tenuous in the United States. With the current administration threatening to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, things are poised to become even more dire. In response, Boston Ballet principal John Lam created a video to showcase what dance means to his colleagues.   The dancers summarizeMore »

Boys to Men

As a teenager, Adrian Durham studied at his local ballet school in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “I was one of three or four guys training there, and there were no male teachers,” says Durham. “Most of my partnering experience came from rehearsals for performances.” But after he began training with the male scholarship program at CentralMore »

Forsythe’s Full-Length Masterpiece Makes North American Debut At Boston Ballet

William Forsythe with Boston Ballet principal John Lam

When Boston Ballet announced its partnership with choreographer William Forsythe last year, it named his full-length Artifact as its first new acquisition. Created in 1984, Artifact is considered by many to be Forsythe’s greatest masterpiece, yet it has never been performed in its entirety by a U.S. company. Simultaneously abstract and theatrical (two characters—a PersonMore »

Whitney Jensen On Why Taking A Break Was Pivotal to Her Career

Whitney Jensen

Whitney Jensen made a surprising move in 2015 when she left her principal contract at Boston Ballet without plans to join a new company. Some feared she would quit dancing. Instead, Jensen, now 24, took time to reflect on her next move. In February, she signed on as a dancer with Norwegian National Ballet, whereMore »

Ashley Ellis Dishes on Boston Ballet’s New Le Corsaire

Ashley Ellis and Paulo Arrais

Pirates don’t typically pirouette. But next week, they’ll do just that for Boston Ballet’s North American premiere of Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire. Pointe spoke with Ashley Ellis about her debut as Medora, a woman separated from her true love, the swashbuckling Conrad.   You’ve danced the ballet’s famous pas de trois at galas and competitions, but what’s it likeMore »

Boston Ballet Trainee Receives a Princess Grace Award

Every year, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA recognizes a group of exceptional dancers and choreographers with scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships—and gets us excited about emerging talent to watch. The 2016 Princess Grace Award winners, announced this week, are no exception. Fifteen-year-old Tyson Ali Clark, a trainee at Boston Ballet School, is one of the dance recipientsMore »

#MotivationMonday: Steal this Boston Ballerina’s Workout Playlist

Symptoms: Your morning cup of coffee, or other stimulant of choice, feels like a distant memory, as does your New Year’s resolution to cross-train. (Guilty.) Diagnosis: A serious case of the Mondays. Complications: The lure of Netflix and the thought of 30 mind-numbing minutes on the elliptical. Treatment: You’re one workout away from a goodMore »

Jeffrey Cirio Promoted to Principal Dancer at ABT

Well, that was fast. After less than a year, Jeffrey Cirio — the former Boston Ballet principal who joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist at the start of this season—is walking into summer with a promotion to ABT’s highest rank. The company now has two Filipino-American principals, the other being Stella Abrera. We’re notMore »

Brokenhearted Heroine

In John Cranko’s Onegin, based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, Boston Ballet’s Anaïs Chalendard taps into her own heartbreak to bring Tatiana to life. As told to Amy Brandt Tatiana is not simply a young, hopeful country girl. She’s dark and complex—she’s an introvert. I was also misunderstood when I was younger. Like Tatiana,More »

#TBT: Erica Cornejo in Swan Lake Pas de Trois

Erica Cornejo with brother Herman.

Sprightly and sweet, the Swan Lake Act I pas de trois variations are deceptively difficult. But Boston Ballet principal Erica Cornejo betrays no hint of effort in this clip, filmed in 2005 while she was a soloist at American Ballet Theatre. The divertissement doesn’t require a huge emotional range from its dancers. Still, Cornejo deliversMore »