How to Audition With a Growth Mindset—Not Body Insecurity—During Auditions
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by Jess Spinner
13h ago
After years of preparation, you’re finally ready to put yourself out there and take the first steps in your professional dance career. Auditioning for trainee, second company, or full company positions is stressful. You’re in a room with competitive juices flowing, and this is the culmination of all the work you’ve put in since you were a young child. If you’ve ever struggled with body image, as most dancers have, the audition process is likely to exacerbate those challenges. As a health, nutrition, and lifestyle coach who works with many dancers going through the audition process, I see this ..read more
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Boston Ballet Lets Classicism Shine in Its Reimagined Raymonda
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by Jennifer Heimlich
2d ago
In a studio rehearsal for Boston Ballet’s new Raymonda, principals Ji Young Chae and Jeffrey Cirio run through the dream scene pas de deux with a liquid elegance that camouflages their heavy breathing. It’s only when the music stops and Cirio puts his hands on his knees while Chae lets herself visibly gasp for air that it’s clear how hard they were working. International ballet master (and former Paris Opéra Ballet étoile) Florence Clerc pops up to give notes on a partnered grand rond de jambe en l’air, helping the dancers show more clarity in à la seconde before moving into arabesque. It’s a ..read more
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Why Houston Ballet’s Gian Carlo Perez Lives for the Stage
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by Emma Love Suddarth
4d ago
Originally from Cuba, Gian Carlo Perez joined Houston Ballet this season as a first soloist after a long career at The Washington Ballet. And he is already making his mark in ballets like Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, and more. Below he talks about his childhood idol, his pre-performance routine, and why discipline and consistency matter more than talent. Give us a brief history of your early progression as a dancer. I come from a family of artists. My parents sent me to the national ballet school in Havana, where I studied for eight years. I had great teachers ..read more
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Ask Amy: I’m Starting Pointe Soon. Does It Hurt?
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by Amy Brandt
5d ago
I just learned that I’ll be starting pointe this year. But I’m nervous—does it hurt? —Sariah First of all, congratulations on advancing to pointe class! It’s a testament to your hard work and technical strength as a dancer. Pointework can feel uncomfortable at first—dancing on the tips of our toes is not natural, after all—but pain should be minimal if you’re wearing properly fitted shoes and using the right amount of padding. You’ll likely work slowly at first, practicing pointework at the barre for short periods of time to build strength, and your toes will gradually develop calluses, which ..read more
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Milwaukee Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program Has a Proven Track Record of Dancer Success
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by Sponsored by Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy
5d ago
For second-year student Fayeth Hartman, attending Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy’s Pre-Professional Program was an obvious choice to help achieve her goal of becoming a professional dancer. She followed in the footsteps of her older brother, who had attended the summer intensive in 2017 and then joined Milwaukee Ballet II. “He realized that the PPP would be a good fit for my training. So, he and I began to campaign our parents to allow me to move here.” PPP was not a hard sell. While many academies promise to serve as pipelines to second and main companies, the Rola ..read more
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A Tribute to Yuan Yuan Tan and Her 29-Season Career at San Francisco Ballet
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by Hannah Foster
5d ago
The first time I saw San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan dance was as a 9-year-old child in the early aughts. When my dad took me across Bay Bridge to see my dream company, even he, a dance-world outsider, could see that Tan was a consummate artist. The carriage of her port de bras was wide and fluid, stoking currents of air we could practically feel in the opera house’s upper tiers. Her épaulement was regal—cheekbones always tilted just so, catching the stage lights and reflecting a radiance that warmed every audience member in attendance. Yuan Yuan Tan in Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle ..read more
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Cleveland Ballet Reset: A Conversation With New Artistic Director Timour Bourtasenkov
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by Steve Sucato For Dance Magazine
5d ago
Cleveland Ballet was one of the nation’s fastest-growing ballet companies until a series of recent scandals brought its rapid rise to a halt. Last fall, CEO Michael Krasnyansky resigned following allegations of inappropriate conduct; then, founding artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe was dismissed after an independent internal investigation revealed a toxic work culture and serious operational and financial irregularities. (Krasnyansky and Guadalupe are married.) Hitting the reset button, Cleveland Ballet’s board of directors, on January 10, appointed 55-year-old dire ..read more
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How 3 Dancers Are Launching Their Choreography Careers
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by Claudia Bauer
1w ago
“I know how to do choreography,” says Alexandra F. Light. “That’s the easy part.” The Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer, who is launching her choreography career, says that the hard part is, well, everything else—the fundraising, budgeting, networking, and marketing that come along with getting dance onstage. Light has been making dances since childhood, but when she decided to pursue choreography professionally, “I felt like, ‘Where do I go? How do I do this?’ ” Since there’s no instruction book, we asked Light, freelancer Tiffany Mangulabnan, and Boston Ballet artist My’Kal Stromile ..read more
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Your February Roster Roundup: Dancers and Directors on the Move
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by Kyra Laubacher
1w ago
The past few weeks have brought another exciting round of dancer career news—check out the latest farewells, appointments, promotions, and more in this month’s ballet roster roundup. Promotions and Appointments The Royal Ballet’s Giacomo Rovero has been promoted to soloist, effective February 1. Rovero, a Royal Ballet School graduate, joined the company’s corps de ballet in 2017 and was promoted to first artist in 2022. On January 15, Boston Ballet announced the promotion of Sangmin Lee to soloist. Lee joined the company as an artist in 2019 and was promoted to second soloist last April. Sangm ..read more
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In Need of Financial Aid? Here Are Tips for Funding Your Summer Intensive
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by Sophie Bress
1w ago
Summer intensives are an undeniably important aspect of a dancer’s training. They provide opportunities for young artists to connect with industry professionals, bolster their technique, and they can even be a gateway to securing a job with a company later on. However, many of these programs also come with a hefty price tag. Alecsia Lazarescu says that, without funding help, it would have been challenging to afford the training she’s received. A native of Romania, Lazarescu currently trains at the Royal Ballet School and has also studied at Ballet Theatre Basel and a variety of summer progra ..read more
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