On #InternationalWomensDay, Advice From Ballet’s Powerful Women Leaders

It’s International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we combed our archives for career advice and wisdom from some of the women currently directing ballet companies. Let their words empower and inspire you, today and always. “You don’t become a ballerina in one show or one season or one week. It’s a journey. You work towards theMore »

Canada Goes Glam

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of anticipation in a theater before a curtain rises. Toronto’s cultural elite had gathered one summer night in 2006 to celebrate the National Ballet of Canada’s move into the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, a sleek new contemporary home for the country’s national opera and ballet companies.More »

Director’s Notes: A New Classicism

The National Ballet of Canada’s Karen Kain On a sunny fall morning, in a large, bright studio filled with Tchaikovsky, Karen Kain sits intently watching rehearsal. Now in her fifth season as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, Kain has an eagle eye. When it comes to the company’s opulent production of RudolfMore »

National Treasure

Principal dancer Heather Ogden remembers being called into the studio in May with her colleagues and hearing the announcement that James Kudelka would step down as artistic director on June 30, 2005. “We were stunned that James was leaving,” she recalls, “but almost immediately, everyone was speculating that Karen Kain would be his successor. SheMore »

Ballerina 2019

Swans, pluck those feathers! Wilis, stow those veils! Dancers everywhere, update those personal websites! Embrace every challenge the dance world throws your way and look for a few more—your future may depend on it. Such is the consensus of the distinguished array of dancers, company directors and teachers Pointe asked about the prospects for theMore »