What You Should Read in 2019, According to Your Favorite Dancers
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Made a resolution to read more books this year? Or maybe just looking for a new source of fuel for your artistry? We asked eight dancers about their favorite books in our Spotlight series, and their answers ranged from cheeky novels to biographies to cookbooks.
So whip out your library card (or your Kindle) and dive into the books that inspire these artists:
Dutch National Ballet's Michaela DePrince
Via Amazon; Angela Sterling via dnb.org
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: "This book has helped me with so many things, like who I want to be as an artist."
Commercial choreographer James Alsop
Via Amazon; via Facebook
A Day Late and A Dollar Short by Terry McMillan: "I have probably read it 6000 times."
Tap dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher
Sally Cohn, courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates; via Goodreads
Deep in A Dream by James Gavin: "I love reading biographies and learning how people became the humans/artists we know them to be."
The Washington Ballet's Ashley Murphy
Via Amazon; Theo Kossenas
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: "It's been my fave since I was a kid!"
B-girl and choreographer Ephrat Asherie
Christopher Duggan; via Amazon
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl: "I read it once every two years or so."
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Leta Biasucci
Lindsay Thomas; via Amazon
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: "She is a brilliant and hilarious Seattle author."
Martha Graham Dance Company's PeiJu Chien-Pott
Via Pinterest; via NYC Dance Project
The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer: "The book is so useful—there's not only recipes but Western dining etiquette which is fascinating for me."
Miami City Ballet's Nathalia Arja
Via Wikipedia; Alexander Iziliaev
The Shack by William P. Young: "I'm always recommending it to people."
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.