October/November 2016


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  • Editor’s Letter: Start Thinking Ahead

    Injuries always come at the most inconvenient time. Our cover guy, Derek Dunn, was on the fast track towards ... More »

  • Call Board

    The West Coast Falls for Forsythe After 40 years in Europe, choreographer William Forsythe recently put down stateside roots ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Céline Cassone

    What is Céline Cassone’s favorite thing to buy? Cowboy boots, to add to her growing collection. “I’m just crazy ...

  • Show and Tell: Jordan-Elizabeth Long

    When Miami City Ballet soloist Jordan-Elizabeth Long previously danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet, professional hairdressers styled her performance ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Alexis Fletcher

    Vancouver, British Columbia’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games were golden for more than just big-name athletes. Like so many Vancouverites ...

  • Ask Amy: Degree Dilemmas

    Should I turn down an apprenticeship to finish my dance degree, or should I put my education on pause? ...

  • The Making of a Tour

    What does it take to bring a major production on tour? In July, Houston Ballet mounted a 12-show run ...

  • Defying Gravity

    Houston Ballet’s Derek Dunn knows how to make an entrance. While just an apprentice in 2013, Dunn catapulted through ...

  • Summer on Campus

    Maura Bell was determined to have a ballet career. But as a high school senior, she didn’t feel ready ... More »

  • The Chance of a Lifetime

    As told to Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone and Madeline Schrock What was life like at the Vaganova Ballet Academy? Gabrielle Perkins, ... More »

  • Enchanted

    It’s okay to want to feel like a princess sometimes. Let shades of carnation and rose gold, and dustings ...

  • The Workout: Andrea Yorita

    Cross-training keeps Andrea Yorita prepared for the demanding variety in BalletX’s repertoire. Choreographic chameleon: At BalletX, Andrea Yorita performs ...

  • 5 Ways to Release Your IT Band and TFL

    You may not understand exactly what causes a tight IT (iliotibial) band, but you’ve probably experienced that uncomfortable tension ... More »

  • Beyond the BFA

    During his sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma, Austin Crumley switched the focus of his Bachelor of Fine ...

  • Dream Role: A Love Beyond Reach

    In August Bournonville’s 1836 ballet La Sylphide, every gesture has meaning. The National Ballet of Canada’s Jurgita Dronina talks ...

  • Family and Friends

    City Ballet of San Diego is admired in Southern California for its diversity of dancers, a sizeable Balanchine repertoire, ...

  • Juggling Two Worlds

    Upon high school graduation, dancers are often forced to choose between going to college or pursuing a career right ... More »

  • 2016 Higher Ed Guide

    These days, many ballet dancers are opting to earn their college diploma before they score a company contract. Because ... More »

  • Reverence: Ashley Murphy — Strength in Change

    The Washington Ballet’s Ashley Murphy isn’t afraid to step outside her comfort zone. Why did you make the move ...

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Peter Mueller, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

2020 Stars of the Corps: 10 Dancers Making Strides In and Out of the Spotlight

The corps de ballet make up the backbone of every company. In our Fall 2020 issue, we highlighted 10 ensemble standouts to keep your eye on. Click on their names to learn more!

Dara Holmes, Joffrey Ballet

A male dancer catches a female dancer in his right arm as she wraps her left arm around his shoulder and executes a high arabesque on pointe. Both wear white costumes and dance in front of a blue backdrop onstage.

Dara Holmes and Edson Barbosa in Myles Thatcher's Body of Your Dreams

Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet

Wanyue Qiao, American Ballet Theatre

Wearing a powder blue tutu, cropped light yellow top and feather tiara, Wanyue Qiao does a piqu\u00e9 retir\u00e9 on pointe on her left leg and pulls her right arm in towards her.

Wanyue Qiao as an Odalisque in Konstantin Sergeyev's Le Corsaire

Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Houston Ballet

Three male dancers in tight-fitting, multicolored costumes stand in positions of ascending height from left to right. All extend their right arms out in front of them.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (far right) with Saul Newport and Austen Acevedo in Oliver Halkowich's Following

Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet

Leah McFadden, Colorado Ballet

Wearing a white pixie wig and a short light-pink tunic costume, a female ballet dancer poses in attitude front on pointe with her left arm bent across her ribs and her right hand held below her chin.

Leah McFadden as Amour in Colorado Ballet's production of Don Quixote

Mike Watson, Courtesy Colorado Ballet

Maria Coelho, Tulsa Ballet

Maria Coelho and Sasha Chernjavsky in Andy Blankenbuehler's Remember Our Song

Kate Lubar, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet

Alexander Reneff-Olson, San Francisco Ballet

A ballerina in a black feathered tutu stands triumphantly in sous-sus, holding the hand of a male dancer in a dark cloak with feathers underneath who raises his left hand in the air.

Alexander Reneff-Olson (right) as Von Rothbart with San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan in Swan Lake

Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB

India Bradley, New York City Ballet

Wearing a blue dance dress with rhinestone embellishments and a sparkly tiara, India Bradley finishes a move with her arms out to the side and hands slightly flexed.

India Bradley practices backstage before a performance of Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Bella Ureta, Cincinnati Ballet

Wearing a white dress with pink corset, Bella Ureta does a first arabesque on pointe in front of an onstage stone wall.

Bella Ureta performs the Act I Pas de Trois in Kirk Peterson's Swan Lake

Hiromi Platt, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

Alejándro Gonzales, Oklahoma City Ballet

Dressed in a green bell-boy costume and hat, Alejandro Gonz\u00e1lez does a saut\u00e9 with his left leg in retir\u00e9 and his arms in a long diagonal from right to left. Other dancers in late 19-century period costumes watch him around the stage.

Alejandro González in Michael Pink's Dracula at Oklahoma City Ballet.

Kate Luber, Courtesy Oklahoma City Ballet

Nina Fernandes, Miami City Ballet

Wearing a long white tutu and crown, Nina Fernandes does a saut de chat in front of a wintery backdrop as snow falls from the top of the stage.

Nina Fernandes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Miami City Ballet

Courtesy Carrie Gaerte, modeled by 2020 Butler University graduate Michela Semenza

Concussions Are More Than a Bump on the Head. Here's What Dancers Need to Know

Your partner accidentally drops you during a lift. You collide head-on with another dancer in rehearsal. Or you're hit in the face while you're spotting a turn. Even if you didn't lose consciousness, you may have a concussion, which can occur from a direct blow to the head or rotary force of the brain moving excessively or striking the skull.

As a dancer, your first instinct may be to keep going, but you shouldn't, says physical therapist and athletic trainer Carrie Gaerte, PT, DPT, ATC, who works with Butler University in Indianapolis and at Ascension St. Vincent Sports Performance. "What's really hard for dancers is admitting that maybe something isn't right," she says. "But the big thing about concussions is that your brain is not like your ankle, shoulder or knee. When your brain has an injury, that needs to take precedence over a role or a job."

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Thinking About College Ballet Programs? Here's a Comprehensive Guide to the Application Process

Gone are the days when you had to skip college in order to have a successful ballet career. College ballet programs are better than ever before, providing students with the training, professional connections and performance experience they need to thrive in companies postgraduation. But given the number of elements involved in the application process, choosing the right program can feel daunting. We've broken the college application timeline down step by step to help you best approach each stage along the way.

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