August/September 2016


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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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Complexions Contemporary Ballet's Tatiana Melendez Proves There's No One Way to Have a Ballet Career

This is Pointe's Fall 2020 cover story. Click here to purchase this issue.

Talk to anyone about rising contemporary ballerina Tatiana Melendez, and one word is bound to come up repeatedly: "Fierce." And fair enough, that's a perfectly apt way to describe the 20-year-old's stage presence, her technical prowess and her determination to succeed. But don't make the mistake of assuming that fierceness is Melendez's only (or even her most noteworthy) quality. At the core of her dancing is a beautiful versatility. She's just as much at ease when etching pure classical lines as she is when boldly throwing herself off-balance.

"Selfish choreographer that I am, I want Tatiana to stay with Complexions for all time," says her boss Dwight Rhoden, Complexions Contemporary Ballet's co-artistic director and resident choreographer. "She has a theatricality about her: When the music comes on, she gets swept away." Not too shabby for someone who thought just a few years ago that maybe ballet wasn't for her.

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Jeremy Kyle, Courtesy Laubacher

My First Month as a Professional Dancer in the Age of COVID-19

I moved to Eugene, Oregon, in August, brimming with nerves and excitement to launch my career as an aspirant with Eugene Ballet. After months of quarantining at home in Pittsburgh because of the coronavirus lockdown, transitioning to my new life on the West Coast marked a rapid shift. But in time, it granted me newfound feelings of security. For starters, the ritual of filling up my water bottle, packing my shoes and leotard, putting up my hair and walking into the studio reintroduced a much needed flow of normalcy into my life.

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"My Plate Is Full": Sofiane Sylve on Her New Leadership Roles at Ballet San Antonio and Dresden Semperoper

Sofiane Sylve had huge plans for 2020: Departing her post as a principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, she embarked on a multifaceted, bicontinental career as ballet master and principal dancer at Dresden Semperoper Ballett, and artistic advisor and school director at Ballet San Antonio—and then COVID-19 hit, sidelining performances and administrative plans at both companies. But ballet dancers are nothing if not resilient. In her new leadership roles, Sylve is determined to help shepherd ballet through this challenging time—and transform it for the better. Pointe caught up with her by phone while she was in Dresden.

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