The illustrious audition panel for ABT Incubator watches a submission. Photo by Emily Northrop, Courtesy ABT

ABT Incubator Looks to Promote Burgeoning Choreographic Talent

This month, American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg sees the first test of his directorial chops with the launch of ABT Incubator, the company's latest initiative to promote the creation of new ballets, particularly by in-house talent.


For the first iteration, the choreographers were selected by a panel comprising Hallberg, ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie, Danspace Project executive director Judy Hussie-Taylor and choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Jessica Lang and Lar Lubovitch. Beginning Oct. 31, the participating artists (ABT dancers Sung Woo Han, Duncan Lyle, and James Whiteside, freelance choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, and Dance Magazine's own Kelsey Grills) will work on new pieces with ABT and ABT Studio Company dancers.

The choreographers will be provided studio space, a stipend, mentorship and panel discussions during the two-week workshop, which culminates in a final studio showing Nov. 10. Whether these budding dancemakers will be able to parlay their participation into commissions (as has been known to happen at New York City Ballet's New York Choreographic Institute) remains to be seen.

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TaraMarie Perri in tree pose at Storm King Art Center. Photo by Sophie Kuller, Courtesy Perri

5 Self-Soothing Exercises You Can Do to Calm Your Anxiety

Physical stillness can be one of the hardest things to master in dance. But stillness in the bigger sense—like when your career and life are on hold—goes against every dancers' natural instincts.

"Dancers are less comfortable with stillness and change than most," says TaraMarie Perri, founder and director of Perri Institute for Mind and Body and Mind Body Dancer. "Through daily discipline, we are trained to move through space and are attracted to forward momentum. Simply put, dancers are far more comfortable when they have a sense of control over the movements and when life is 'in action.' "

To regain that sense of control, and soothe some of the anxiety most of us are feeling right now, it helps to do what we know best: Get back into our bodies. Certain movements and shapes can help ground us, calm our nervous system and bring us into the present.

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