Editor's Letter: "Pointe" Amps Up

Published in the December 2012/January 2013 issue.

Natalia Osipova photographed by Nathan Sayers

Ballet success depends on elusive elements—drive, an appetite for the new, flexibility in every sense, to name just a few. We want you to master them all. So this past year, the magazine expanded to the iPad and Nook, which give us even more ways to deliver a compelling, interactive take on ballet. But it all starts with our print edition, which is the touchstone for our coverage.

Take this issue. Not only does it feature our annual summer intensive guide, but it also has practical, real-world advice from top dancers like Miami City Ballet’s Jennifer Kronenberg and Cedar Lake’s Ebony Williams on getting the most from your summer teachers (“Summers to Remember”). Plus, there’s our cover interview with Natalia Osipova (“Confessions of a Superstar”), our popular list of the year’s top 10 standout performances  (“Simply Sensational”) and more.

The iPad, Nook and website offer several enhancements. You can watch behind-the-scenes footage of our cover shoot with Natalia Osipova; a clip of Aszure Barton’s new piece for Houston Ballet, the focus of this issue’s photo essay, “The Quirk Factor;” and video of a Paquita solo performed by Beckanne Sisk, who shares her tips in “How It’s Done.”

And that’s not all. Also on our website, you can read additional advice from Pointe’s Amy Brandt, a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and author of our “Ask Amy” column. You’ll find Tiler Peck’s “Summer to Remember” at SAB, our summer study listings, ticket giveaways for New York City Ballet’s upcoming Balanchine/Tschaikovsky festival and San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, and blogs with the latest health, nutrition and fitness information.

The world is changing fast, and so is ballet. Pointe’s print and digital editions give you the insight you need to help make your ballet dreams real.



Also In This Issue

Pointe went inside the Houston Ballet studios to shoot a rehearsal of Aszure Barton’s new piece, Angular Momentum:
“Aszure’s style requires so much coordination—moving one part of the body while another does something completely different. In learning this piece, I discovered that a little movement can mean a lot.” —Karina Gonzalez


Her Way
Cover ballerina Natalia Osipova was alternately candid and funny in her interview:
“In school I was too thin. I thought that’s what a ballerina should be. When I got to the theater, I realized when you dance, you work a lot. You need energy; you need to eat. Now I eat everything, with pleasure.”