Six of our seven 2018 cover stars.

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Our 2018 Cover Stars Share Their  New Year’s Resolutions (Plus, What They've Been Up To)

From marriage to career transitions to injuries, our 2018 cover stars have had a busy year.

Find out what they've been up to since they graced the cover of Pointe and what they're aiming for in 2019.

Boston Ballet's Hannah Bettes

Photo by Jayme Thornton for Pointe

New Year's Resolutions: Charity and Listening

1. To redefine what wealth means. I want to remain open to life so that I might become wealthy in my connections and experiences.

2. Play a more active role in the things that I am passionate about and to let what enters my path inspire where I go next. I'd like to get more involved in my community through charity and social activism.

3. Become more diligent in my listening. We live in a world where the loudest is often the only voice heard. You don't have to be loud to offer truth.

Life Update: Leaving Ballet for New Adventures

I resigned from Boston Ballet on December 19, 2018. I have great respect and love for the art form itself, but, for a while, I've felt that my time as a dancer had reached its expiration. When you have a talent, you owe it to your talent to see how far it can take you, and I feel I let mine take me as far as it could on its own. But to go any further, I needed love to accompany it. I finally reached the point where, at the very least, I owed it to myself to maintain my integrity and felt it was time to let go of this career.

I am so grateful to the staff and dancers at Boston Ballet who were beyond supportive of my decision to leave and I was so pleased when this choice was met with grace.

As of now I am planning to attend Lifestyle Christianity University near Dallas, TX, for one semester, and am curious to see where this opportunity might lead me next. I will also be teaching at several local dance studios.

I feel hopeful and ready to grow the person I am into someone far greater than I could have ever imagined. 2019 holds so much potential and I look forward to what will be revealed.

You can read our October/November 2018 cover story on Hannah Bettes here.

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