Ask Amy: Tips for Contemporary Ballet

Ask Amy: Tips for Contemporary Ballet

I’m performing in a contemporary ballet piece for the first time and every rehearsal feels like I’ve never danced a day in my life. Help! —Simone When I was a young corps member, I was cast in Alonzo King’s MAP. I was so excited—until I...
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Forward Momentum

It’s an exciting time to be a ballet dancer—if, that is, you are someone who likes to venture off the beaten path and explore the unknown. As contemporary ballet, long popular in Europe, takes a stronger hold in the U.S., the number of purely contemporary...
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Edgy and New

“We’re starting from scratch,” says Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, “so we have no legacies. It’s just the future.” For New York City–based Cedar Lake, founded in 2003 with abundant...
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In The Mix

In previous generations, ballet dancers trained with the expectations that they would be dancing Sleeping Beauty for the rest of their lives. Thanks to the changing choreographic landscape of the 21st century, however, today’s dancers must often adjust to new...
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Forsythe Fever

The first time I saw William Forsythe’s choreography I hated it. Passionately. I’d just started at NYU and our choreography class was required to see Ballett Frankfurt out in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, my parents happened to be in town that weekend. But I...

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