Lauren Anderson On Diversity, Legacy and Debbie Allen’s Impact On Her Life

Lauren Anderson

When I was a teenager, Lauren Anderson was my generation’s Misty Copeland. The former Houston Ballet star made history as the company’s first African American principal ballerina in 1990, and her partnership with Carlos Acosta thrilled audiences before he left Houston for The Royal Ballet. Since her retirement in 2006, she’s had her hands fullMore »

Pennsylvania Ballet’s Amy Aldridge On Her Retirement, and What She Learned From Tough Love

Amy Aldridge and Ian Hussey Pennsylvania Ballet

For 23 seasons, Amy Aldridge has been a major force at Pennsylvania Ballet, where she’s been a principal dancer since 2001. This week, she announced she would be retiring from the company on May 14 in the pas de deux from one of her favorite ballets, Balanchine’s “Rubies.” Her next step? Lots of teaching inMore »

These Ballet Trailers Are Like Short Films

Nowadays, when a ballet company wants to promote a new work, or an upcoming season, they go all-out. Rather than cutting together a bunch of performance footage, companies are creating mini-films that bring the artistic director or choreographer’s vision to life. And with recording and editing equipment more widely available than ever, it makes sense.More »

#TBT: Paris Opéra Ballet in Trisha Brown’s Glacial Decoy

The dance world lost a legend this past week, when choreographer Trisha Brown passed away at age 80. A leader of postmodern dance, her work had dancers doing everything from walking on the walls of New York City’s Whitney Museum to signaling to one another across Soho rooftops. Ballet dancers don’t often get to tryMore »

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 »