December 2016/January 2017


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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

    Miami City Ballet’s National Tour In late April at the Harris Theater, Chicagoans found Miami City Ballet firing on ...

  • A Summer of Style

    As a young student, Shea McAdoo’s classes at the Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, were “strict, straightforward, very ...

  • Finding Balance

    Courtney Henry knew she wanted to dance for Alonzo King LINES Ballet while she was still a student in ...

  • Upcycle Your Workout (Without Buying New Stuff)

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  • Nutcracker Survival Tips

    Alana Griffith Artist, Milwaukee Ballet Favorite role: Clara “Clara was my first soloist role and the first role I ...

  • The Judges Roundtable

    We asked five frequent judges for their advice, their pet peeves and their approach to the scoring process. Peter ...

  • Dancer to Dancer

    Holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. Related

  • Your Style: Get Cozy

    Patterned warm-ups in black, gray and purple evoke starry winter nights. Related

  • Beyond Six-Pack Abs

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  • The Workout: Jessica Collado

    Morning zinger: Jessica Collado makes a pitcher of a spicy drink with turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, coconut water and ...

  • “They Hate Me!”

    When Lilliana Hagerman auditioned for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive, she felt overwhelmingly intimidated. “The other dancers were all ...

  • Finding Prodigal

    New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz on the elusive nature of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.  As told to ...

  • On the Upswing

    As the dancers processed through downtown Orlando—smiling, laughing, heads held high—Orlando Ballet artistic director Robert Hill allowed himself to ...

  • Not Just For Kids

    While New York City Ballet was off last August, corps member Sasonah Huttenbach was hard at work at the ...

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