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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 ...

The Conversation
Ballet Stars
Angela Sterling, Courtesy PNB

Your teacher at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Marcia Dale Weary, recently passed away. What impact did she have on you?

I feel deeply indebted to her. She shaped my life's course, and I know that were it not for her, I would not be living out my dream today. She led by example through her remarkable commitment to her work, as well as her genuine kindness and generosity.

You were a trainee with San Francisco Ballet. What was that experience like?

It was an exposure to different schools of thought. We were mostly in the full-lengths, and watching run-throughs of Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote was revolutionary for me. But I was young and far away from home. That transition was hard. My body started changing. It wanted to be fleshy. Biology is cruel in that way. I desperately wanted to fit in, but it wasn't meant to be.

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The Royal Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in La Bayadère. Photo by Bill Cooper, Courtesy ROH.

Do you ever wish you could teleport to London and casually stroll into The Royal Opera House to see some of the world's best-loved ballets? Well, we have a solution for you: The Royal Ballet's 2018-19 cinema season.

Whether live or recorded, the seven ballet programs listed below, streaming now through next October, will deliver all of the magic that The Royal Ballet has to offer straight to your local movie theater. Can you smell the popcorn already?

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Left: Misa Kuranaga in The Veritginous Thrill of Exactitude. Gene Schiavone, Courtesy Boston Ballet. Right: Sasha Mukhamedov in Apollo. Altin Kaftira, Courtesy Dutch National Ballet.

San Francisco Ballet just announced some major news: longtime Boston Ballet star Misa Kuranaga will be joining the company as a principal dancer for the 2019-20 season, while Dutch National Ballet principal Sasha Mukhamedov has been hired as a soloist. They join a slew of newly promoted SFB principals and soloists, announced earlier this year.

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Ballet Stars
Xiao Nan Yu in company class. Aaron Vincent, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada.

On June 22, National Ballet of Canada principal Xiao Nan Yu will retire from the stage after 22 years with the company. Originally from Dalian, China, Yu studied at the Shen Yang School of Dance and the Beijing Dance Academy before coming to Canada's National Ballet School at age 17. She joined the National Ballet of Canada less than two years later, and was promoted to principal in 2001.

"She is a supreme dance actress with an innate ability to bring the audience into her world," says NBoC artistic director Karen Kain. "Nan has always brought such a calm confidence into the studio and has been a role model for so many dancers I will miss her generosity both inside the studio and out." We spoke with Yu as she prepared for her final week of performances. She opened up about her initial culture shock upon moving to Toronto, her thoughts on artistry and why she chose Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow as her final role.

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