Our Best Tips: Jumps

Everyone wants more air-time. Whether you’re going for explosive jetés or crisp battu (or both!) there are specific ways to train. We break it down below: First, read Amy’s extensive breakdown on how to improve your petit allégro. Some of her tips, like adding plyometrics to your cross-training regime, apply to big and small jumps.More »

On Arts Advocacy Day, Here’s How to Help the NEA

March 20–21 marks Arts Advocacy Day, when cultural organizations and grassroots advocates meet with members of Congress in Washington, DC, to rally support for policies and public funding for the arts. And it’s a particularly urgent time. In addition to advocating for arts education policies and charitable tax deductions, these groups will be fighting toMore »

Inside Crystal Pite’s First Work for The Royal Ballet

We’re seeing a lot of Crystal Pite in the ballet world this season—and no one is complaining. Only a few months after debuting a work for the Paris Opéra Ballet, her first creation for The Royal Ballet premiered last night, alongside work by Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson. According to The Guardian, the last timeMore »

#TBT: Watch Baryshnikov Do 11 Pirouettes in White Nights

What do you get when you mix a dizzying amount of pirouettes with Mikhail Baryshnikov? Pure cinema gold—and one of the most famous dance movie scenes of all time. In this clip from the 1985 hit movie White Nights, Misha combines his technical prowess with his effortless cool. Raymond, played by legendary tapper Gregory Hines, challenges Kolya, a Soviet dancerMore »

Evelyn Hart Returns to the Stage

Evelyn Hart

When ballerina Evelyn Hart retired in 2006 after a legendary 30-year career, it marked the end of an era. The longtime star of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet relocated to Toronto and has been busy teaching and coaching since. (She even started her own summer intensive last year). But thanks to a growing creative relationship withMore »

Ask Amy Web Exclusive: Is it Okay to Seek Feedback After an Audition?

I’m often cut from the final round of auditions. Is there a polite way to follow up with directors and ask them for feedback? —Megan  When it comes to seeking feedback from directors, I think it depends on the situation and the method of communication. If it’s a large cattle call and you’ve been cutMore »

Joffrey Academy Dancers Push Their Limits in This Work About Teenage Life

For an aspiring choreographer, what could be better than the chance for a fully-realized performance of one of your works, complete with a group of talented dancers? That’s what former Ballet San Jose principal Karen Gabay will experience this weekend, as one of the four winners of the Joffrey Academy’s seventh annual Winning Works competition.More »

#TBT: Alessandra Ferri and Robert LaFosse in The Two Pigeons

Alessandra Ferri

They say that pigeons mate for life—perhaps that’s why these birds naturally symbolize the young lovers in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons. In these clips from a 1987 performance in Pisa, Alessandra Ferri and Robert LaFosse—then stars with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, respectively—dance a rapturous pas de deux at theMore »

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 »

#TBT: Julie Kent and Vladimir Malakhov in Giselle

For those who have eagerly followed Julie Kent‘s illustrious career, all eyes turned to DC when she took the job as The Washington Ballet’s new artistic director. This week, audiences are getting a taste of what the company looks like under her leadership, as the spring season begins. Kent chose to kick off her inauguralMore »