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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Studio Bleu students Jaxon Keller, Samantha Halker and Alia Wiggins. Photos by Chris Stark

How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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