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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How Can I Stay Motivated While Training at Home?

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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Isabella Boylston has been teaching on Zoom for Universal Ballet Competition, as well as on Instagram Live. (Courtesy Boylston)

(Virtual) Dancing with the Stars: How to Get the Most Out of Online Classes with Dance Celebs

When your dance studio is your second home, taking class in your actual home just isn't the same. But if there's one silver lining to the current situation, it's that some of the biggest dance stars from stage and screen have gone online to lead barres, host dance parties, demonstrate combos, and teach technique classes—some of which are completely free.

"Students can learn so much from working with the pros directly," says American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston, who teaches on Zoom through Universal Ballet Competition as well as offering the Cindies Ballet Class on Instagram Live with fellow ABT principal James Whiteside. "It's inspiring and eye-opening to connect with dancers all over the world."

So what benefits do these virtual master classes offer? How do they fit into your overall training regimen? And how do you even navigate all of the content that's out there? Read on for advice from the pros.

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Tulsa Ballet in Ma Cong's Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music. Kate Luber Photography, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet.

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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