As the new year approaches, we here at Pointe took a moment to look back on some of the ballet stories we loved from 2016. Here are just a few of our (many) favorites! “In Defense of Patience” (December/January): Julie Kent’s heartfelt essay on embracing the unknown is the perfect anecdote to today’s high-pressure, … More »
Go behind the scenes at our December 2016/January 2017 cover shoot, featuring American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera!
At some point during her long career with American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera started to think it would never happen; paradoxically, this gave her a kind of peace. But on the evening of May 23, 2015, there she was, onstage at the Metropolitan Opera House, finally performing one of her dream roles: Giselle. It was … More »
At Pointe, we’re always ready to watch a good ballet video, especially one that takes us behind the scenes with some of today’s most talented performers. An episode of the series NYC-ARTS, which aired on PBS yesterday, pretty much hits the video jackpot. It profiles not one, but three American Ballet Theatre dancers: corps de … More »
American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera understands the power of perspective. Before your promotion to principal this summer, you were an ABT soloist for 14 years. How did you stay patient when it seemed a promotion was unlikely? When I was cast to do my first Giselle eight years ago, I was sidelined by an … More »
To whom would you attribute your success? My husband, Sascha Radetsky; my best friend, Gillian Murphy; the many physical therapists who coached me through my recovery; and my colleague, Craig Salstein, who took me back to the barre and helped rebuild my technique every day for four months. He got me back to my first … More »
Who says ballet can’t cure cancer? DanceFAR or “Dance For a Reason”—the brainchild of San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko and former SFB dancers Garen Scribner and Margaret Karl—raises money for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. This year’s fourth annual star-studded gala takes place tomorrow night at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for … More »
Today, American Ballet Theatre announced that longtime company soloists Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera have been promoted to principal dancer. San Francisco Ballet star Maria Kochetkova and Royal Danish Ballet principal Alban Lendorf will also join ABT next season as principals (though they will remain principals with their respective companies), and Boston Ballet principal Jeffrey Cirio joins as a soloist. Corps de ballet members Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Luciana Paris, Arron Scott and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to soloist.
What does it take to be a dancer with American Ballet Theatre? The company’s dancers and staff tackled that question last night at the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process program. “ABT dancers need to do it all,” said Kevin McKenzie in a video clip. “They need to have the ability to cross the borders of the stylistic demands of contemporary dance and ballet.”