What You Should Read in 2019, According to Your Favorite Dancers
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."
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Chiara Valle is just one of many dancers heading back to the studio this fall as companies ramp up for the season. But her journey back has been far more difficult than most.
Valle has been a trainee at The Washington Ballet since 2016, starting at the same time as artistic director Julie Kent. But only a few months into her first season there, she started experiencing excruciating pain high up in her femur. "It felt like someone was stabbing me 24/7," she says. Sometimes at night, the pain got so bad that her roommates would bring her dinner to the bathtub.