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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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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2020 Stars of the Corps: American Ballet Theatre's Wanyue Qiao

When the curtain opens on Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, there are two women onstage, wearing striped pants and tops, and sneakers. By the end, after almost 40 minutes of high-intensity dancing, they've stripped down to red leotards, their fists lifted victoriously. Wanyue Qiao danced one of these athletic superwomen last year during American Ballet Theatre's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. It was her first major role, after three years in the corps, and she couldn't have been more fierce. "To be honest, I had never done this kind of dance before, and I wasn't sure if it was my style," she says. Tharp encouraged her, and helped her to find her warrior side. "She showed not just her strength, coordination and ability, but courage," says ballet master Susan Jones, who assisted Tharp in the staging.

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Butternut Squash Takes Center Stage This Fall—Plus, 2 Easy Recipes

Whether it's cubed and roasted or puréed into a comforting soup, butternut squash takes center stage this fall. The flavorful seasonal favorite is an excellent nutritional choice for dancers. Here's what's packed into one serving:

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