Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights
High-profile photographer Bruce Weber turns his camera on ballet stud Roberto Bolle in this new book of images. The collection showcases the Italian-born dancer’s stunning facility and captivating presence. Bolle, who has performed with The Royal Ballet, La Scala Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, returns to American Ballet Theatre this season as a principal. —Kristin Lewis
The Sugarless Plum: A Ballerina’s Triumph Over Diabetes
Former NYCB dancer Zippora Karz tells her inspirational story—and gives us an interesting peek at the City Ballet of the ’80s and ’90s.
Sabrina Landa was thrilled to be offered a traineeship with Pennsylvania Ballet. "As a trainee, everything felt like a chance to prove myself as a professional," she says. Her training hours increased and she was dancing more than she ever had before. When Landa began experiencing pain in her metatarsals partway through the 2018 Nutcracker season, she notified the staff. "But in fear of losing my shows, I downplayed the severity of it," Landa says.
She notes that no one pushed her to keep dancing but herself. "I was 18 and was aiming to receive a contract by the end of the year," she says. "I felt so much anxiety over missing an opportunity that I was afraid to be honest about my pain." Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic staff were understanding and supportive, but Landa minimized her injury for the next few months, wanting to push through until the season ended and contracts were offered. But after months of pain and an onset of extreme weakness in her foot, Landa was diagnosed with two stress fractures in her second and third metatarsals. She spent the next three months on crutches and six months off dancing to allow for the fractures' delayed healing.
Sabrina Landa, shown backstage as a trainee at Pennsylvania Ballet, downplayed the pain she was feeling in her foot during the company's Nutcracker run.
Courtesy Sabrina Landa
In certain cases, dancing on an injury can actually have long-term consequences and result in chronic problems.
Don't be afraid to consult a medical professional for advice on treating pain.
After taking over a year off, Landa is dancing again and pain-free.
Luis Negron Photography, Courtesy Sabrina Landa
When the world went into lockdown last March, most dancers despaired. But not Merritt Moore. The Los Angeles native, who lives in London and has danced with Norwegian National Ballet, English National Ballet and Boston Ballet, holds a PhD in atomic and laser physics from the University of Oxford. A few weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, she came up with a solution for having to train and work alone: robots.
Alice Williamson, Courtesy Merritt Moore
Développé écarté relevé "is in every class, every ballet," says Lauren Anderson, former principal dancer and current program manager of education and community engagement at Houston Ballet. Below, she gives you the keys to success for this "light and lovely" repertoire staple.
Houston Ballet principal Karina González, partnered by Chun Wai Chan, does relevé développé écarté devant in Justin Peck's Reflections.
Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet