Ballet Careers
Rosenfield in Dances Patrelle's Yorkville Nutcracker. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy Rosenfield.

Shoshana Ronsenfield's career has not followed a straight path. In a surprising move, the born-and-raised New Yorker left a burgeoning career at New York City Ballet in 2012 to study economics at Barnard College. Upon graduating, Rosenfield spent six months freelancing with companies including New Chamber Ballet and Tom Gold Dance before spending two years working in global management at Goldman Sachs (and dancing on the side).

Now Rosenfield is on to a new chapter: She's just completed a boot camp in computer coding, and is currently doing a coding teaching fellowship. But she's still dancing. This weekend, Rosenfield will appear in Tom Gold Dance's fall season at Florence Gould Hall. We caught up with Rosenfield to hear all about how she's balanced college and career and how she's learned that it is possible to do it all.

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Artists of Ballet West. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've pulled together some highlights.


ABT Met Opera Season Opens with Giselle

This week American Ballet Theatre moves into the Metropolitan Opera House for their annual 8-week season. From Alexei Ratmansky's new Harlequinade to the world premiere of AFTERITE by Wayne McGregor, this season is packed. But week one opens with a classic: Giselle. Though a number of ABT's most celebrated dancers will have their turn in the lead roles this week, the May 18th performance will be danced by guest star Natalia Osipova in the title role opposite ABT principal David Hallberg as Albrecht.

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Photo by Ani Collier, Courtesy Tom Gold Dance.

When New York City Ballet is in season, corps member Sara Adams doesn't head home after Sunday shows. Instead, she goes to the rehearsal studio, joining a handful of dancers who are also part of Tom Gold Dance, the small company led by the former NYCB soloist. "In City Ballet's corps, we work a lot. So when I have downtime, I like to keep going," she says. Pointe spoke with Adams as she geared up for the group's latest performance, this Friday in the Berkshires.

What enticed you to add Tom Gold Dance to your already crazy-busy schedule?

It's a very family-oriented company. I'm able to let loose, and I feel like I can work on things without having the pressure of dancing for thousands of people. With Tom, we perform in smaller venues, and it's a more intimate group.

You'll be dancing in Gold's Poetic Episodes. What's the piece like?

It's inspired by poems by Charles Simic, and it's really fun. One section's to Bach, one's to Rachmaninoff, another is to Lady Gaga. Each is so different. In one part, I just wanna sing while I'm dancing. It's classical ballet moves set to a pop song. I also do a pas de deux with my good friend Anthony Huxley, which is a dream, since I don't think we've ever danced together at NYCB.

Is it hard to be in a piece that has such a variety of music?

I think we're all used to it because in one program at NYCB, there could be four different ballets. We're trained to make that switch. What's fun and challenging about this piece is that it's always something new. I'm never bored at all. It keeps our minds really working.

As a dancer, what stands out to you most about Gold's choreography?

He does a lot of pointe stuff for the girls. That's one thing I noticed right off the bat. The fact that he can choreograph so much pointework when he's not dancing on pointe is impressive to me.

 

Adams with Anthony Huxley in Poetic Episodes. Photo by Eugene Gologorsky, Courtesy Tom Gold Dance

Do you have any tips for dancers that you've picked up while working with Tom Gold Dance?

Asking questions to clarify is big. Don't be shy about it. Instead of guessing, it's easier to ask what the specific step is. Then I go home and practice so it's in my body and we can just dance it--and not have to think too much about what comes next.

 

Adams will perform with Tom Gold Dance on August 19 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

 

For more news on all things ballet, don't miss a single issue.

There's something thrilling about watching great dancers from major ballet companies perform in smaller, more intimate side projects. It shows an unfamiliar side of familiar ballet faces—and it gives the dancers a chance to expand their artistry in unexpected directions.

 

Former New York City Ballet dancer Tom Gold offers one such side project with his pickup troupe, Tom Gold Dance. Since 2007, he's taken top New York City–based dancers on international tours to France, Spain, Israel, Bermuda and Italy. Members include NYCB principals Sara Mearns, Robert Fairchild, Abi Stafford, Tyler Angle and Jared Angle, and American Ballet Theatre soloist Simone Messmer.

 

Next month, they're performing in the United States for the first time. The dancers will present an array of Gold's choreography. The one-night only performance will take place Monday, February 27 at 7:30 pm at New York City's Forence Gould Hall. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com and for more info, go to tomgolddance.com.

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