February/March 2016


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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

    What makes someone a standout? Onstage, it’s a dancer’s consummate artistry, as well as strong technique to back it ... More »

  • Callboard

    Miami City Ballet’s Dream-y New Production To celebrate its 30th-anniversary season, Miami City Ballet is making a splash. The ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Julie Marie Niekrasz

    Julie Marie Niekrasz doesn’t shop often, but when she does, you won’t find her at the mall. “I love ...

  • 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

    Murphy and Stiefel. Ogden and Côté. Osipova and Polunin. Ballet inspires as many thrilling partnerships offstage as on. Company ...

  • Got Tight Hip Flexors?

    If you constantly find yourself reaching for a foam roller, you’re not alone. “Dancers’ hip flexors are very often ...

  • Put Your Best Audition Photo Forward

    My audition photo shoot was less than ideal: The studio was freezing, my photographer friend was a ballet novice ...

  • Balancing Act

    Last August, Louisville Ballet’s artistic and executive director Robert Curran met with an anonymous donor in New York. He ...

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    When Sarah Walborn first joined San Francisco Ballet as an apprentice, the excitement of joining her dream company soon ... More »

  • Exclusive: Uruguayan Ballerina María Riccetto

    Are there things you miss about ABT? I miss Irina Kolpakova, my coach there. Sometimes I close my eyes ... More »

  • National Treasure

    Why did you return to Uruguay and join the Ballet Nacional Sodre, after being at American Ballet Theatre for ...

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Bunheads tuning in to the season premiere of ABC's "The Bachelor" on January 4 may have recognized a familiar face: Dance Theatre of Harlem's Alicia Mae Holloway, literally bourréeing out of a limousine to greet bachelor Matt James. While Holloway unfortunately didn't get a rose that night, she did thoroughly enjoy being the long-running reality franchise's first professional-ballerina contestant, as she told Pointe in a recent Zoom call.

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Ask Amy: How Can I Make the Most of Performance Opportunities in a Pandemic?

My school is connected to a professional company that operates on a show-to-show basis. Students can audition for company performances when they're 15. My 15th birthday is in February, and I think that our directors are choosing people to participate in virtual performances based off of whether they have performed with the company before. This was supposed to be my big first year with the company, but COVID-19 has changed that. How do I make it known that I want to participate? Do you think I should wait until things are more normal? —Lila
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Join Us for a Q&A With ABT's Gabe Stone Shayer on January 21

Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre's newest soloist, has long been a standout onstage. But the 27-year-old dancer—the first African-American male to graduate from Russia's Bolshoi Ballet Academy—is also branching out into choreography and spearheading a flurry of creative projects. Shayer has big ideas for ballet's future. "I want to be the person who facilitates the idea of possibility in this historically exclusive world," he told us in our December/January digital cover story. "And I want to present the possibility of success through my own story."

Now you have a chance to ask Shayer about his training and career, his advice on navigating a path in ballet, his recent work with Alicia Keys, his thoughts on diversity in dance and more. Click here to register for free with your questions. Then tune in for an exclusive conversation and Q&A with Gabe Stone Shayer on Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm Eastern.

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