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  • Flying High

    Last December—a few days before her 23rd birthday—Indiana Woodward did a quick barre backstage at Lincoln Center’s David H. ...

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  • Boys to Men

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  • Reverence: Vanessa Zahorian—Grace and Tenacity

    You trained partly at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. What's the most important thing you got ...
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  • This Audition Season, Be Fearless

    Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. When our cover girl, Jahna Frantziskonis, took company class on ... More »
  • Call Board

    Two Premieres for Alexei Ratmansky Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky will have world premieres on two coasts this winter. On February ... More »
  • Studio to Street: Brittany Stone

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  • Dancer Spotlight: Devin Larsen

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  • Finding Your “Yes"

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  • Reverence: Greta Hodgkinson—Staying Power

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  • Editor’s Letter: What Does it Mean to Be a Role Model?

    I think most of us would agree that a mix of strength, integrity and grace make up a large ... More »

  • Call Board

    Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Simone Messmer

    Don’t expect to catch Simone Messmer wearing a leotard—at least, not for company class. “Ballet class is for me,” ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Stefanie Roper

    At first glance, Ballet Hispanico second-company member Stefanie Roper looks as though she has been dancing since she could ...

  • Ask Amy: Getting a Cold for Christmas

    I always get sick during Nutcracker. Help! —Emily Long days, late nights, chilly weather and overworked bodies make the ...

  • Her Time

    At some point during her long career with American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera started to think it would never ...

  • In Defense of Patience

    When I was about 10, I auditioned for New York City Ballet, to be in their Harlequinade. I got ... More »

  • The Season of Crystal Pite

    Crystal Pite considers herself to be on the contemporary end of the dance spectrum, but she’s playing in the ...

  • The Standouts

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  • A Summer of Style

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  • Finding Balance

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  • “They Hate Me!”

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  • Finding Prodigal

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  • On the Upswing

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  • Not Just For Kids

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  • Editor’s Letter: Start Thinking Ahead

    Injuries always come at the most inconvenient time. Our cover guy, Derek Dunn, was on the fast track towards ... More »

  • Call Board

    The West Coast Falls for Forsythe After 40 years in Europe, choreographer William Forsythe recently put down stateside roots ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Céline Cassone

    What is Céline Cassone’s favorite thing to buy? Cowboy boots, to add to her growing collection. “I’m just crazy ...

  • Show and Tell: Jordan-Elizabeth Long

    When Miami City Ballet soloist Jordan-Elizabeth Long previously danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet, professional hairdressers styled her performance ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Alexis Fletcher

    Vancouver, British Columbia’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games were golden for more than just big-name athletes. Like so many Vancouverites ...

  • Ask Amy: Degree Dilemmas

    Should I turn down an apprenticeship to finish my dance degree, or should I put my education on pause? ...

  • The Making of a Tour

    What does it take to bring a major production on tour? In July, Houston Ballet mounted a 12-show run ...

  • Defying Gravity

    Houston Ballet’s Derek Dunn knows how to make an entrance. While just an apprentice in 2013, Dunn catapulted through ...

  • Summer on Campus

    Maura Bell was determined to have a ballet career. But as a high school senior, she didn’t feel ready ... More »

  • The Chance of a Lifetime

    As told to Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone and Madeline Schrock What was life like at the Vaganova Ballet Academy? Gabrielle Perkins, ... More »

  • Enchanted

    It’s okay to want to feel like a princess sometimes. Let shades of carnation and rose gold, and dustings ...

  • The Workout: Andrea Yorita

    Cross-training keeps Andrea Yorita prepared for the demanding variety in BalletX’s repertoire. Choreographic chameleon: At BalletX, Andrea Yorita performs ...

  • 5 Ways to Release Your IT Band and TFL

    You may not understand exactly what causes a tight IT (iliotibial) band, but you’ve probably experienced that uncomfortable tension ... More »

  • Beyond the BFA

    During his sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma, Austin Crumley switched the focus of his Bachelor of Fine ...

  • Dream Role: A Love Beyond Reach

    In August Bournonville’s 1836 ballet La Sylphide, every gesture has meaning. The National Ballet of Canada’s Jurgita Dronina talks ...

  • Family and Friends

    City Ballet of San Diego is admired in Southern California for its diversity of dancers, a sizeable Balanchine repertoire, ...

  • Juggling Two Worlds

    Upon high school graduation, dancers are often forced to choose between going to college or pursuing a career right ... More »

  • 2016 Higher Ed Guide

    These days, many ballet dancers are opting to earn their college diploma before they score a company contract. Because ... More »

  • Reverence: Ashley Murphy — Strength in Change

    The Washington Ballet’s Ashley Murphy isn’t afraid to step outside her comfort zone. Why did you make the move ...

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  • Call Board: August/September 2016

    NYCB’s Gala Features Choreography by Women, Company Dancers It’s been five years since a female choreographer premiered a work ... More »

  • Studio to Street: James Whiteside

    When it comes to style, James Whiteside likes to push the limits. “Conforming isn’t really my thing,” says the ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Carolyn Judson

    They say injury can be a great teacher: When Texas Ballet Theater dancer Carolyn Judson was sidelined with a ...

  • Maintaining Motivation

    Coming home from my summer intensive was such a letdown. How can I carry my summer inspiration into the ... More »

  • Inside Noelani Pantastico’s Dance Bag

    You’d be hard pressed to find a pair of ballet slippers in Noelani Pantastico’s dance bag. Instead, you’ll find ... More »

  • Poise and Polish

    What a difference four years have made for Hannah O’Neill. In 2012, as a foreign dancer on a temporary ...

  • 2016 Stars of the Corps

    Every corps de ballet has a few bright standouts. Here are 10 young dancers on the rise. Norika Matsuyama ... More »

  • The Quest for Confidence

    Today, she’s a confident Miami City Ballet soloist, but Emily Bromberg wasn’t always so self-assured. As a teenager, she ... More »

  • Shine Bright

    Let shades of turquoise, amethyst, ruby and emerald add sparkle to your back-to-class fashion. All photos by Nathan Sayers. ...

  • Make the Most of Your Turnout

    Think fast: Would you like a few more degrees of turnout? If your answer is a resounding “yes” (perhaps ...

  • Extreme Stretching

    It’s a familiar sight on Instagram: A dancer lounges casually in an oversplit, drinking her morning coffee. One foot ... More »

  • Dream Role: Swanilda

    In Balanchine’s comedic Coppélia, San Francisco Ballet’s Frances Chung brings out Swanilda’s playful side. All of Swanilda’s actions come ...

  • Having It All

    Kevin Irving is a man of eclectic tastes. It showed in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2015–16  season, which opened with ...

  • The Actor’s Edge

    Five years after joining American Ballet Theatre, corps member Zhong-Jing Fang sustained a serious ankle injury. Not one to ...

  • An Inner Spark: Reverence with Megan Fairchild

    New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild brings lessons from Broadway to her performances. You took a year off ...

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  • Editor’s Letter: Be Your Own Best Advocate

    At our cover shoot, American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary was so easygoing that it was hard to believe ... More »

  • Callboard

    Changing Directors at Paris Opéra Ballet The Paris Opéra Ballet is gearing up for another transition. This summer, Benjamin ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Dores André

    Dores André doesn’t like shopping, but she loves clothes. Her favorite source of style inspiration is the 1964 comedy ...

  • Show and Tell: Inside Kayla Rowser’s Dance Bag

    Nashville Ballet dancer Kayla Rowser is one organized woman—her teal Lug bag is full of compartments. “That’s why I ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Elizabeth Murphy

    On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of ...

  • Ask Amy: Gaining Perspective

    I can’t stop beating myself up over past mistakes. How can I focus on what’s in front of me? ...

  • The Tipping Point

    It seems that, in ballet careers, everything happens at once. For a few years, you notice a dancer and ...

  • Inside the “Golden Cockerel”

    Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is passionate about promoting the splendor of early Russian ballet and has, over the last few ...

  • Building Brand “YOU”

    New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, a prolific user of Instagram, discovered she had an eager following ... More »

  • Endless Summer

    Jackie Nash: Atlanta Ballet Typical summer break: mid-May–August  On rest: I need to take one solid week, at least, ... More »

  • East Meets West

    As Hong Kong Ballet corps member Xia Jun rehearses his solo from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, a ...

  • Confessions of a Pointe Shoe Fitter

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  • “Am I Ready to Leave Home?”

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  • The Workout: Georgina Pazcoguin

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  • Brokenhearted Heroine

    In John Cranko’s Onegin, based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, Boston Ballet’s Anaïs Chalendard taps into her own ...

  • Steel City Strength

    “I was tricked into it,” says Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Terrence S. Orr, recalling his introduction to ballet. ...

  • Taking the Lead

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  • Reverence: Laura Morera, Modern Muse

    You’ve been a muse to Liam Scarlett. What’s your relationship like? I owe him a rebirth. He completely gets ...

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  • Take a Chance

    A dancer’s road will never be easy. That’s why it’s helpful to look to someone like Mayara Pineiro, whose ... More »

  • Callboard

    ABT Celebrates Ratmansky American Ballet Theatre’s Ratmansky Festival is the centerpiece of the company’s spring season at Lincoln Center’s ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Melissa Anduiza

    Hoop earrings are a trademark for Melissa Anduiza. “They remind me of my Cuban side,” she says. The Complexions ...

  • Inside Ashley Ellis’ Dance Bag

    Boston Ballet principal Ashley Ellis has a crafty side. When she started making herself legwarmers a few years ago, ...

  • Nao Kusuzaki

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  • Dateline: Havana

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  • “The Best Training Decision I Ever Made”

    Deciding to pursue a career in dance is huge. But even with your eyes firmly on your goal, figuring ... More »

  • Semi-Pro Limbo

    After two years as a trainee and then one as a second company member at Orlando Ballet, 22-year-old Aurélio ... More »

  • Catching Up with Isaac Hernández

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  • Story Ballets for the 21st Century

    In the Prologue to Christopher Wheeldon’s recent ballet The Winter’s Tale, two boys, princely playmates who one day will ...

  • Spring Into Summer

    Shopping for your summer intensive shouldn’t feel like a chore. We’ve gathered dance bag essentials, and classwear that’s both ...

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  • The Workout: Rachel Van Buskirk

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  • The Mirror: Friend or Foe?

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  • Dream Role: Swan Song—Uliana Lopatkina

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  • The “Show-Me” Director

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  • The Power of Dance

    Since the start of her career at American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been committed to giving back. “Having ... More »

  • Reverence: Dynamic Elegance

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  • Pointe February/March 2016 Cover Shoot

    Go behind the scenes at our February/March 2016 cover shoot with Royal Ballet first soloist Francesca Hayward!   Related

  • It’s Time to Shine

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  • Callboard

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  • Studio to Street: Julie Marie Niekrasz

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  • Inside Sara Webb’s Dance Bag

    With frayed handles and re-stitched seams, Sara Webb’s dance bag is a little worse for wear. “I keep tying ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Devin Alberda

    You can thank Kanye West, in part, for inspiring New York City Ballet corps member Devin Alberda to pursue ...

  • Ask Amy: Web Exclusive

    Where is the line between tough love and hurtful criticism? I’m starting to feel like the feedback I receive ... More »

  • Strategic Auditioning

    Have a question? Click here to send it to Amy and she might answer it in an upcoming issue! ...

  • The Natural

    Last September, as one of The Royal Ballet’s coaches walked her through the potion scene from Romeo and Juliet, ...

  • Mastering the Audition Circuit

    Ballet company auditions are hard to dodge for anyone aspiring to the profession. But they can serve as valuable ...

  • In the Studio with Olga Smirnova

    Olga Smirnova’s first three seasons at the Bolshoi Ballet were a whirlwind of debuts and creations, but it all ... More »

  • Dancers in Love

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  • Put Your Best Audition Photo Forward

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  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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