Misa's Alhambra Debut

Misa's Alhambra Debut

Since I last wrote from Las Palmas so much has happened! In Las Palmas, I danced “Rubies” in our Ultimate Balanchine program. There were a few casting changes and I ended up with James as my partner (James to the rescue again!).  The change came right...
Second Guest Post by ABT's (Adorable) Clara

Second Guest Post by ABT's (Adorable) Clara

This is the second guest blog post by student Catherine Hurlin, who’s rehearsing the role of Clara for ABT’s new Nutcracker. Stay tuned for more posts from Catherine! Hey everyone! This week’s rehearsal was all about the kitchen scene and the...
A New Delight

A New Delight

I went to see New York City Ballet on Saturday night, and was introduced to Balanchine’s absolutely delightful Cortege Hongrois.  There are so many reasons why this ballet is great, but the three aspects I enjoyed the most are the deceptive simplicity of...
Why We Dance

Why We Dance

Taiwanese ballet dancer Liao Yi Hsuan recently filmed an ad for denim company Lee Cooper—and it’s unexpectedly heart-wrenching. Liao isn’t a world-class ballerina, an artist of such phenomenal gifts that she’s guaranteed success. Instead,...
In Defense of Nail Polish

In Defense of Nail Polish

Growing up, we were forbidden to wear nail polish at our studio. It was considered strictly taboo, as offensive as wearing a messy ponytail or a  necklace to class. I remember I once had an audition just 3 hours before prom. I had to paint my nails in the car...
The New NYCB Man

The New NYCB Man

On Monday and Tuesday, I was lucky enough to film two rehearsals for Avi Scher & Dancers, a company headed by Avi Scher, an emerging young choreographer in New York City. I was especially excited because I would be filming Sara Mearns (a principal at NYCB) and...
A Late Start

A Late Start

On Wednesday, I attended a photo shoot with Misty Copeland, a soloist at American Ballet Theatre.  Misty started ballet at 13, which is pretty late for a woman, but fell in love with it and made the choice to pursue it as a career.  It’s a good thing...

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