My Point: Happy Birthday to Us!

Published in the February/March 2009 issue.

Lia Cirio, John Michael Scert, Trey McIntyre and Virginia Pilgrim after the cover shoot

Courtesy of Matthew Kara

Ten! How amazing to realize that 2009 begins Pointe’s 10th year of publication. It has been a wonderful, enriching experience to be the editor of this magazine. I’ve learned so much and, in the process, come to love the world of ballet even more than in my dancing days. I already knew how much hard work and dedication go into making ballet’s beauty, but through Pointe I’ve had the chance to connect with, and gain new respect for, the individuals who make this world tick.

It’s a large and diverse group. Ethan Stiefel, accepting his Dance Magazine Award in December, pointed out that along with the dancers, choreographers, artistic directors and teachers we honor in this profession, the medical professionals and physical therapists who keep us dancing should be included. And let’s not forget the designers and manufacturers in whose shoes and dancewear we live and work—or on whose floors we dance. Also the administrators, musicians and stagehands, writers and designers—the list is long, but all bring passionate commitment to their roles within the art form. When I was dancing, I was too busy worrying about my turnout to be aware of how many people worked alongside me to make the magic of ballet. I am grateful for the insight this job has given me.

As we put our annual “Company and Audition Issue” together, the economic outlook is bleak. We will all need to find new and resourceful ways to continue our work. In our cover story, “A New Beginning,” on page 24, you can read about how Trey McIntyre’s new full-time company, Trey McIntyre Project, which debuted in 2008, is doing just that. And because this may be an especially challenging time to find a job, we bring you an extended audition section. In “Audition in Style,” on page 28, take a look at fashions that will get you noticed, read expert audition tips and find nuts-and-bolts information on contracts. Then, for a bit of real-life encouragement, turn to page 36 for a few “Audition Success Stories.”   

This issue also brings you a new format for Words of Advice, on page 44, and on page 20 we inaugurate an Anniversary Page that will appear throughout 2009. Look back with us at our 10 years of photographing exciting dancers. First up, an outtake from David Hallberg’s August/September 2006 cover shoot.

Enjoy!