June/July 2016


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  • Editor’s Letter: Be Your Own Best Advocate

    At our cover shoot, American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary was so easygoing that it was hard to believe ... More »

  • Callboard

    Changing Directors at Paris Opéra Ballet The Paris Opéra Ballet is gearing up for another transition. This summer, Benjamin ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Dores André

    Dores André doesn’t like shopping, but she loves clothes. Her favorite source of style inspiration is the 1964 comedy ...

  • Show and Tell: Inside Kayla Rowser’s Dance Bag

    Nashville Ballet dancer Kayla Rowser is one organized woman—her teal Lug bag is full of compartments. “That’s why I ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Elizabeth Murphy

    On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of ...

  • Ask Amy: Gaining Perspective

    I can’t stop beating myself up over past mistakes. How can I focus on what’s in front of me? ...

  • The Tipping Point

    It seems that, in ballet careers, everything happens at once. For a few years, you notice a dancer and ...

  • Inside the “Golden Cockerel”

    Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is passionate about promoting the splendor of early Russian ballet and has, over the last few ...

  • Building Brand “YOU”

    New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, a prolific user of Instagram, discovered she had an eager following ... More »

  • Endless Summer

    Jackie Nash: Atlanta Ballet Typical summer break: mid-May–August  On rest: I need to take one solid week, at least, ... More »

  • East Meets West

    As Hong Kong Ballet corps member Xia Jun rehearses his solo from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, a ...

  • Confessions of a Pointe Shoe Fitter

    For many dancers, the quest for the perfect pointe shoe is a long one, littered with years’ worth of ... More »

  • Anchors Aweigh

    Sail into summer with nautical-inspired rehearsal looks. Related

  • Squats to Make You Feel the Burn

    Though you may not think about it much, building strength in the muscles around the hips is a must ...

  • “Am I Ready to Leave Home?”

    Harper Ortlieb knew something needed to change. Her three-hour commute to daily classes at the School of Oregon Ballet ... More »

  • The Workout: Georgina Pazcoguin

    Sock walk: As soon as she wakes up, Pazcoguin pulls on compression socks and takes her dog for an ...

  • Brokenhearted Heroine

    In John Cranko’s Onegin, based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, Boston Ballet’s Anaïs Chalendard taps into her own ...

  • Steel City Strength

    “I was tricked into it,” says Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Terrence S. Orr, recalling his introduction to ballet. ...

  • Taking the Lead

    From the outside, one might assume that the stars onstage are leaders offstage, too. It might be so, but ...

  • Reverence: Laura Morera, Modern Muse

    You’ve been a muse to Liam Scarlett. What’s your relationship like? I owe him a rebirth. He completely gets ...

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