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By Jennifer Stahl
Maria Kochetkova is constantly on the move. This is a dancer with relentless drive who’s determined to conquer every opportunity. As writer Claudia Bauer explains in “Being Masha,” that has turned the 5' dynamo into an international ballet superstar. What’s most impressive is how, with each performance, Kochetkova continues to develop her artistry. She never settles. She keeps questioning her approach so she can get even better.
We do, too. As you’ll notice, with this issue we’re moving to a new format and giving Dance Magazine a fresh look. We’ve grown, literally, with bigger pages and more space to offer the best possible dance coverage—and to showcase our unparalleled original photography. Among other changes, we’re stepping up our health and fitness reporting to help you meet the ever-increasing demands of today’s dance world. This month, for instance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company star Shayla-Vie Jenkins takes us inside her kitchen, sharing the rationale behind every bite she eats in a day. We’re also sending our photographers and writers into rehearsal studios across the country to capture the creative lives of professional dancers—because we all know that for every glamorous minute onstage, the real work happens in sweaty leotards in front of a mirror. In “Dancing Under the Big Top” we head to Las Vegas for an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil, one of today’s biggest dance employers. And while it’s the artistry that draws us all to dance, our revamped In Training and Your Career sections have practical advice, like why students should consider training as teachers and how pros can gracefully turn down a gig. Looking for work? Our biggest Jobs Guide yet highlights dozens of companies that are currently hiring.
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As jazz icon Luigi always tells his students, “Never stop moving.” Smart advice both onstage and off.
Editor in Chief
Photo from top: Headshot by Quinn Wharton. Kochetkova in company class by Nathan Sayers.