A Passion For The Work

In reaching the top, how much is talent and how much is sweat?
Talent may give you a momentary success, but if you want a sustained career, you have to work very, very hard at it.

Who is your toughest critic?
I am!

Are you superstitious?
Not at all. I once worked with someone who was superstitious, and it seemed to be such a complete waste of time.

What’s the toughest part of being a dancer?

Injuries, those unexpected accidents that throw your career into hold. But I’ve learned a lot from them. They’ve forced me to

reanalyze my technique, find new teachers who could help me throughand discover alternative approaches to recovery.

And the least glamorous?

When you’re traveling the world and you’ve done a fantastic show and you’re laden with flowers, and you walk back to a lonely hotel room, to room service and TV in a language you don’t understand. That’s a hard comedown.

What’s your biggest indulgence?
High-heeled shoes. I just love them. They make legs look amazing, and it’s great to step into a room and be so many inches taller than normal.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how nervous are you before a performance?
I’d say I’m a 5; really not too nervous. I rehearse a hell of a lot, and that gives me a certain assurance that I’ve done everything I possibly can to prepare.

If you weren’t dancing what would you like to do?
To write. It’s something I dream of.

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Ethan Ahuero was having a good year: he was in his first season dancing with Kansas City Ballet II and had been presented with the opportunity to choreograph on the second company. "The day before we shut down I had a rehearsal, and I was so happy," Ahuero says. "The piece was coming together and this was the first time I felt really proud of my creative process."

Suddenly, the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt. With the company's season cut short and the studios closed, Ahuero found himself attempting to continue dancing from home, with his choreography project put on hold. Like many other dancers around the world, Ahuero is dealing with disappointment while struggling to stay motivated.

Keeping up with daily ballet classes may feel difficult right now; inspiration can seem hard to come by when you're following along on Zoom and short on space at home. Below are a few simple tips for finding new ways to stay motivated.

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As told to Rachel Caldwell

Finding the right pre-professional training program can be daunting. Then once you're there, what should you focus on in order to succeed? To shine some light on the topic, we talked to five leading teachers and directors who have seen scores of students move on to flourishing ballet careers. Here's what they suggested for young dancers on the pre-professional track.

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Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 5/21/2020

Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.

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