Our Best Tips: Boost Creativity

As dancers, you know how rewarding creative endeavors can be—but you also know how tremendously challenging they are. Sometimes we just don’t feel inspired, or new ideas seem out of reach. Creativity is complicated: Earlier this month, researchers at Kent University and Sussex University identified 14 different components that make up the creative process, likeMore »

#TBT: Susan Jaffe as Kitri in Don Quixote

Kitri’s Act I variation in Don Quixote is short—but not exactly sweet. Though this clip from a 90s documentary lacks the ballet’s usual setting of matadors milling around a Spanish plaza, former American Ballet Theatre principal Susan Jaffe doesn’t need scenery to draw her audience in. Kitri’s power moves are all about passion, and theyMore »

Whitney Jensen On Why Taking A Break Was Pivotal to Her Career

Whitney Jensen

Whitney Jensen made a surprising move in 2015 when she left her principal contract at Boston Ballet without plans to join a new company. Some feared she would quit dancing. Instead, Jensen, now 24, took time to reflect on her next move. In February, she signed on as a dancer with Norwegian National Ballet, whereMore »

#TBT: Sofiane Sylve in Sleeping Beauty’s Vision Scene

Remember in the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty when Aurora’s fairy godmothers fight over which dress is best, pink or blue? Watching Petipa’s ballet, you might face a similar conflict: Do you prefer the young, spirited Aurora decked in rose pink from Act I? Or the cool yet lovely dream princess from Act II? InMore »

Ashley Ellis Dishes on Boston Ballet’s New Le Corsaire

Ashley Ellis and Paulo Arrais

Pirates don’t typically pirouette. But next week, they’ll do just that for Boston Ballet’s North American premiere of Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire. Pointe spoke with Ashley Ellis about her debut as Medora, a woman separated from her true love, the swashbuckling Conrad.   You’ve danced the ballet’s famous pas de trois at galas and competitions, but what’s it likeMore »

Costumes That We Would Wear In Real Life

Admit it: You’ve considered the various ways you could sneak your favorite costume home with you. We don’t blame you. Whether it’s a jaw-dropping tutu or the world’s most comfortable slip, costumes are made to make dancers look and feel beautiful. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites, that just happen to be street-styleMore »

#TBT: Anna Pavlova in Californian Poppy (circa 1916)

Anna Pavlova may be best known for someone else’s choreographic work (Michel Fokine’s The Dying Swan), but she, too, was a choreographer. Similar to the famous solo, Pavlova’s dances often emulated nature—like in Dragonfly and Californian Poppy. In this clip of the latter, circa 1916, Pavlova’s “poppy” flutters through space on a string of bourrées.More »

What’s It Like to Star in a Bolshoi Cinema Event? Svetlana Zakharova Explains.

Mark your calendars! This Sunday, the Bolshoi Ballet, in partnership with Fathom Events, kicks off its 2016-17 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series. Between now and April, seven Bolshoi productions will be high-beamed to movie theaters around the world (400 in the U.S. alone), giving ballet lovers a chance to see the legendary company on theMore »

A Real-Life Romeo and Juliet at The Joffrey Ballet

Dancing Romeo and Juliet is surely a life-changing experience for any performer. But dancing it with your offstage partner? That’s next-level romance (and intensity). Along with several pairs of their colleagues, leading Joffrey Ballet dancers Jeraldine Mendoza and Dylan Gutierrez will perform the title roles in Krzysztof Pastor’s version of Romeo and Juliet, which opensMore »