Why You Need to Apply to YoungArts

Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo in "Sleeping Beauty"

Are you a dancer between the ages of 15 and 18, or in high school grades 10–12? Are you interested in receiving scholarships (up to $10,000), working with mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov and having a chance to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts? Then the National YoungArts Foundation wants to hear fromMore »

#TBT: When Ballet Stars Were YAGP Competitors

It’s Youth America Grand Prix time again, and when the competition wraps up this week, we’ll meet some of tomorrow’s potential stars. YAGP has a track record of predicting some of ballet’s biggest names. Take a walk down memory lane with us and see for yourself. Before Sarah Lane earned her soloist spot at AmericanMore »

How to Get Mentored By an ABT Dancer

Lately, it seems like mentorship is having something of a moment: Many pro dancers are coming up with creative ways to give back to the dance community and act as a resource for young students striving to reach the top. Take Kathryn Morgan, who started her own blog and YouTube channel to pull back theMore »

Why You Should Apply to YoungArts

It’s that time of year again: Applications to become a 2017 YoungArts Winner are now open. Every year, the National YoungArts Foundation offers awards to promising high school-aged artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts—and those awards come with some seriously exciting opportunities. Winners have the chance to earn cash prizes and scholarships,More »

When Franz Met Swanilda

In a rehearsal before their Lincoln Center performance of Coppélia last May, Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin ran through some of the partnering in a studio several levels below the Metropolitan Opera stage where they would perform. In Frederic Franklin’s charming production for American Ballet Theatre, Swanilda, danced by Lane, and Franz, by Simkin, mustMore »

The Price of Perfection

Sarah Lane is standing onstage holding a syringe of fake blood. “When do you want me to start dripping it?” she yells out to the house. It’s the last day of filming the dance scenes in Black Swan, and I’m sitting next to director Darren Aronofsky inside SUNY Purchase’s Performing Arts Center. The atmosphere onMore »