On the Side: Jeffrey Cirio

On the Side: Jeffrey Cirio

“You don’t know what you’re capable of as a dancer until you explore different styles.” —Jeffrey Cirio   Boston Ballet principal Jeffrey Cirio got hooked on hip hop early. “I went to a Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet summer...
On the Side: Ashley Dawn

On the Side: Ashley Dawn

“Ballet dancers are notorious for being a bit stiff. Studying other styles helps you get rid of that rigid quality.” —Ashley Dawn   Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer Ashley Dawn didn’t take ballet seriously until she was about 10 years old....
On the Side: Allyssa Bross

On the Side: Allyssa Bross

“When a ballerina can move with sharpness and attack as well as lyricism, her dancing becomes far more powerful.” —Allyssa Bross Jazz dance was Allyssa Bross’s first love. “I started studying it at a small studio, and by the time I was 5...
On the Side: Derrick Agnoletti

On the Side: Derrick Agnoletti

“The dancers who get to the top are the ones who have no boundaries.” —Derrick Agnoletti As a young student, Derrick Agnoletti was squarely focused on classical technique, studying at the School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. But...
On the Side: Ebony Williams

On the Side: Ebony Williams

“Doing commercial jobs feels like recess.” —Ebony Williams Ballet fans know Ebony Williams as one of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s most striking dancers, with beautiful feet and legs that add ballerina polish to the company’s diverse...
On the Side: Katia Carranza

On the Side: Katia Carranza

“In salsa, you can be totally spontaneous. It’s a chance to let go and express whatever the music makes you feel.” —Katia Carranza Katia Carranza heard salsa music constantly while growing up in Mexico. But it wasn’t until she began...
On the Side: Roddy Doble

On the Side: Roddy Doble

“A lot of ballet dancers only do ballet. That’s such a waste of talent.” —Roddy Doble Tap dancing has always been a way for American Ballet Theatre corps member Roddy Doble to loosen up—physically and mentally. “I took tap classes...
On the Side: Miranda Bailey

On the Side: Miranda Bailey

“Nobody ever tells you to be sexy or tough in ballet class, but in contemporary ballets that’s often what they expect—and jazz class is where you learn how to do it.” — Miranda Bailey Like many bunheads, Columbia City Ballet soloist...

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