Reverence: Iana Salenko—Diminutive Dynamo

Staatsballett Berlin’s Iana Salenko on guestings, salsa music and her knack for design. What are you most proud of in your career? I’m a tiny dancer, so to dance roles for tall ballerinas I would never have dreamed about, like Swan Lake—I’m very proud that I managed to get them. What’s the hardest thing aboutMore »

East Meets West

As Hong Kong Ballet corps member Xia Jun rehearses his solo from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, a distinct Eastern flavor of movement exudes from the suppleness of his port de bras and the articulation of his à la seconde extension. The ballet master calls out corrections in Mandarin, and Swedish-born artistic director MadeleineMore »

Breaking Borders

Russia is often perceived as a closed book from abroad, and ballet is no exception. Though David Hallberg joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 2011, the country’s top companies have been slow to open their ranks to non-Russians. Under acting director Yuri Fateyev, however, the venerable Mariinsky Ballet has welcomed a handful of dancers trained abroad.More »

Plan Your European Audition Tour

Ever dreamed of dancing your way through Europe? Of discovering new companies and wandering the streets of historic cities? For Kelsey Coventry, an American dancer with Leipziger Ballett in Leipzig, Germany, moving abroad was the perfect next step. “I thought that I would try to spread my wings a little further,” she says. Europe alsoMore »