#TBT: Lauren Anderson and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

Lauren Anderson and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

The ’90s were an exciting time at Houston Ballet. Lauren Anderson, who became Houston’s first African–American principal dancer in 1990, reigned as its technical powerhouse; a few years later, a young Cuban wonder named Carlos Acosta joined the company and became one of her regular partners. The results were nothing less than explosive, as this clipMore »

Lauren Anderson On Diversity, Legacy and Debbie Allen’s Impact On Her Life

Lauren Anderson

When I was a teenager, Lauren Anderson was my generation’s Misty Copeland. The former Houston Ballet star made history as the company’s first African American principal ballerina in 1990, and her partnership with Carlos Acosta thrilled audiences before he left Houston for The Royal Ballet. Since her retirement in 2006, she’s had her hands fullMore »

#TBT: Pointe Cover Stars Then & Now

Since 2000, megastars and budding ballet celebrities alike have graced the covers of Pointe. Take a walk with us down memory lane as we recall some of the biggest names from some of our earliest issues. Whether they continue to perform or have transitioned to a position at the front of the studio, these stars have real stayingMore »

#TBT: Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Manon (2004)

Former Royal Ballet principals Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta are notably one of the best couples to perform together. In this clip of Manon, it’s clear that Rojo and Acosta have an unadulterated chemistry, even with the pas de deux’s technically exhaustive demands. Like Romeo and Juliet, Manon tells the story of star-crossed lovers. ThoughMore »

#MotivationMonday: 9 Years Ago, Polina Semionova Gave Us This Advice

For this #MotivationMonday, we mined the “Reverence” section of Pointe’s back issues. Read on for inspiration from some of your favorite dancers. This years-old advice is timeless! “Being a professional is not an easy life. Students need to ask themselves if they really want to do that, because it takes up your whole life. ButMore »

Cuban National Ballet School Welcomes an American Dancer

Ever since diplomatic relations were reestablished between Cuba and the U.S. back in 2014, people have been wondering what increased cultural exchange might mean for Cuban ballet. This week, it was announced that Catherine Conley, a dancer from Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts, was invited to train at Cuban National Ballet School. TheMore »

Carlos Acosta Retires From Royal Ballet

(photo by Ian Gavan, courtesy ROH) After 17 years at The Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta is ready to begin his next chapter. The principal dancer retired from the company last night after performing in his new production of Carmen, which he choreographed and starred in. According to The Telegraph, after receiving a 20-minute standing ovationMore »

New Photography Books Shine Spotlight on Male Dancers

Ballerinas are ready subjects for blockbusting movies and bestselling biographies: Now, male dancers, too, are having a moment—one that we hope sparks a trend. In his new photography book, Les Danseurs, Matthew Brookes focuses his lens on men of the Paris Opéra Ballet. In powerfully composed black and white photos, Brookes highlights the strength of male dancers, but also a vulnerability and artistry that’s often overshadowed by luminous images of swans and sleeping beauties.

#TBT Carlos Acosta in Coppélia (2000)

Carlos Acosta’s name is synonymous with virtuosic and passionate performances. A principal with The Royal Ballet since 1998, Acosta soared onto the world stage in 1990 when he won the gold medal at Prix de Lausanne. With his powerful technique and Cuban charisma, he’s been stunning audiences ever since.