How Much Can You Make In Dance? Here Are More Than 200 Actual Salaries
Dance Magazine asked readers the question you're never supposed to ask: How much money do you make?
More than two hundred readers filled out our online survey about how much they earned through their work in the dance field in 2017. Here is a selection of the user-submitted entries, which have been edited for clarity, consistency and to help ensure anonymity.
For more findings from the survey—including everything from benefits to other sources of income to the pay gap between genders—be sure to check out our July issue.
|Job Title||2017 Income from Dance||Weeks of Work||Part- Or Full-Time||Organization||Location||Years of Experience|
|Stage manager||$8,000||6||Full-time||Non union dance tour||New York, NY/tour||7|
|Freelance dancer/choreographer||$13,000||32||A mix||Multiple project-based dance companies. For choreography: one residency supported by a foundation||Brooklyn, NY||6|
|Administrative manager||$54,000||42||Full-time||A private university's dance program||Massachusetts||10|
|Dancer||$10,000||25||Part-time||Small companies||Philadelphia, PA||2|
|Freelance dancer/choreographer||$19,000||40||A mix||Several small modern companies; teach at a dance studio||Philadelphia, PA||4|
|Dance teacher||$420||12||Part-time||Dance studio||Pennsylvania||3|
|Dancer, graphic designer||$15,000||30||A mix||Small modern dance company, other project-based events. Graphic design for a major dance company||San Francisco, CA||5|
|Senior dancer||$31,000||48||Full-time||Modern dance company||Rochester, NY||10|
|Dancer||$6,396||42||Part-time||Dance company||Chicago, IL||3|
|Dancer, dance teacher, choreographer||$28,000||48||A mix||Contemporary dance company, dance studios||Chicago, IL||10|
|Studio owner and choreographer||$325,000||50||Full-time||Private dance studio and summer stock theater||Southern U.S.||20|
|Professional ballet dancer, ballet teacher, Pilates instructor||$28,000||44||A mix||Ballet company||Ohio||11|
|Coryphee||$21,350||35||Full-time||Ballet company||New York, NY||10|
|Admin manager/dancer/choreographer||$10,000||50||A mix||Small modern dance company||Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY||5|
|Choreographer, director, fellow||$8,000||36||Part-time||Public university||Arizona||10|
|Dance instructor/arts integration||$7,000||22||Part-time||Educational oureach for local theater||Vermont||10|
|Dancer||$10,432||30||A mix||Three project-based dance companies||New York , NY||0.5|
|Dance instructor||$35-40,000||45||Part-time||Studio, community centers||Chicago, IL||10|
|Freelance artist||$8,200||45||Part-time||Dance company & two studios||Chicago, IL||9|
|Corps de ballet||$30,000||36||Full-time||Ballet company||Philadelphia , PA||5|
|Dance teacher||$30,210||36||Full-time||Public high school||South Carolina||4|
|Dancer||$23,000||30||Part-time||Opera House||New York, NY||18|
|Studio owner/artistic director||$30,000||52||Full-time||Dance Studio||Richmond, VA||10|
|Teacher/choreographer||$800||30||Part-time||Dance studio||New Jersey||15|
|Second company member||$8,000||32||Full-time||Ballet company||Philadelphia, PA||2|
|Dancer||$32,000||35||A mix||Dance theater company||New York, NY||8|
|Programs manager||$3,200||16||Part-time||Small modern dance company||New York, NY||3|
|Ballet teacher||$8,375||36||Part-time||Privately-owned company||Maryland||36|
|Dancer/choreographer||$3,500||15||A mix||Independent choreographers||Chicago, IL||17|
|Dance educator||$30,000||50||A mix||Community college, private college, studio, competitions, outreach program, nonprofits||Bay Area, CA||22|
|Administrative assistant||$40,000||56||Full-time||University||New York, NY||2|
|Administrative coordinator||$40,000||50||Full-time||Public University||Richmond, VA||11|
|Ballet teacher||$15,895||47||Part-time||Dance/performing arts studio||Fresno, CA||19|
|Company dancer||$8,000||32||Full-time||Ballet company||Rhode Island||6|
|Theater dancer||$68,000||42||Full-time||Musical theater||New York, NY||26|
|Dancer||$8,000||48||Part-time||Burlesque troupe & bellydance/bollywood troupe||Los Angeles, CA||20|
|Dance teacher||$19,000||32||Part-time||Dance studio||St. Louis, MO||12|
|Freelance dancer||$2,500||40||A mix||Not for profit dance companies||Washington, DC||6|
|Dancer/actor/teacher||$42,000||40||Part-time||National tour, Broadway Dance Lab, various performances||New York||5|
|Dancer||$60,000||46||Full-time||Ballet company||New York, NY||20|
|Artistic director; instructor||$15,000||48||A mix||Children's performing arts group, private ballet and barre classes||Illinois||14|
|Arts administrator||$20,000||34||Part-time||Residency Center||Florida||6|
|Freelance dancer & social media editor||$1,038||6||Part-time||Ballet company & dance studio||New York, NY||1|
|Dance instructor||$24,000||45||Part-time||Private studio||Berkeley, CA||20|
|Freelance dancer/teacher||$2,000||48||Part-time||Multiple small dance companies||New York, NY||6|
|Dance teacher||$26,000||31||Part-time||Dance company and affiliated school, plus public university||Charlottesville, VA||22|
|Company member||$3,300||15||Part-time||Project-based LLC||New York, NY||4|
|Adjunct dance professor||$28,000||46||Part-time||Public and private universities||Peoria IL||21|
|Dance instructor||$52,000||44||Full-time||Public school dance teacher and the owner of a small studio||Virginia||19|
|Freelance dancer||$200||10||Part-time||Ballet company||New York, NY||3|
|Dancer||$4,000||40||Part-time||Modern dance company||New York, NY||7|
|Dance instructor/studio assistant director||$25,000||40||Full-time||Dance Studio||Iowa||15|
|Dancer||$35,000||42||Full-time||Modern dance company||Chicago, IL||5|
|Dancer||$14,500||27||Full-time||Ballet company||Saint Louis, MO||13|
|Dancer||$7,000||45||Part-time||modern company||Jersey City, NJ||16|
|Dancer||$25384.64||52||A mix||Ballet company||Columbia, Missouri||9|
|Freelance performer/operations supervisor||$5,000||20||Part-time||Dance school||New York, NY||6|
|Visiting assistant professor||$56,100||52||Full-time||Higher education||Pennsylvania||5|
|Ballet dancer and academy teacher||$5,200||16||Full-time||Ballet company and school||Huntsville, AL||1|
|Teacher/dancer||$10,000||32||Full-time||Ballet company, modern company, own company||Cleveland, OH||7|
|Company dancer||$4,350||30||Full-time||Ballet company||Rochester, NY||1.5|
|Dancer||$2,100||45||A mix||Ballet companies||New York , NY||5|
|Dance instructor/professional dancer/choreographer||$14,000||52||Part-time||Professional company and two dance studios||St. Louis, MO||3|
|Dance educator||$9,000||40||Part-time||Dance studios||Gulf Shores, AL||16|
|Danice teacher||$20,000||50||A mix||Dance studio||Seattle, WA||6|
|High school dance teacher||$27,000||47||A mix||Charter school||Springville, UT||6|
|Performer/company member||$20,000||50||Part-time||Immersive theater company||Brooklyn, NY||5|
|Ballet company dancer||$13,000||36||Full-time||Ballet company||Northern California||7|
|Dancer||$27,000||40||Full-time||Cruise line||New York, NY||5|
|Dancer||$14,000||35||Full-time||Ballet company||Sacramento, CA||4|
|Ballet dancer||$22,500||300||A mix||Ballet company||Sacramento, CA||10|
|Company member||$7,000||20||Full-time||Ballet company||California||8|
|Intern||$0||14||Part-time||Modern company, ballet compeition||Bethlehem, PA||3|
|Teacher||$50,000||50||Part-time||Ballet company and freelance||Seattle, WA||20|
|Teacher/choreographer||$10,000||42||A mix||Dance studio and high school||Alta Loma, California||30|
|Company dancer||$18,000||34-36||Full-time||Ballet company||California||12|
|Teacher/entertainer||$40,000||40||A mix||Entertainment company, mobile dance school||Bay area, CA||10|
|Dancer||$20,500||46||Full-time||Ballet company||Sacramento, CA||8|
|Freelance dancer and choreographer||$8,000||40||A mix||Modern dance company, ballet company, independent choreographers||New York, NY||5|
|Studio owner||$18,000||48||A mix||Dance studio||Pennsylvania||8|
|Apprentice||$7,875||31||Full-time||Ballet company||Sacramento, CA||3|
|Senior apprentice and instructor||$6,000||30||A mix||Ballet company||Chicago suburbs||2|
|Dancer||$38,000||48||Full-time||Modern dance company||Philadelphia, PA||12|
|Education senior manager/art admin||$29,000||52||Full-time||Dance studio||New York, NY||3|
|Dancer||$7,370||30||A mix||Ballet company||Omaha, NE||5|
|Dance educator||$36,000||52||Part-time||A children's museum||Bettendorf, IA||12|
|Artistic director||$30,000||40||Full-time||Training school||Saint Augustine, FL||12|
|Freelance dancer||$20,100||30||A mix||One union company; three freelance jobs||Atlanta, GA||4|
|Company dancer and academy teacher||$18,000||34||Part-time||Ballet company||Central Virginia||2|
|Apprentice||$0||30||Part-time||Contemporary ballet company||Washington, DC||1|
|Dancer||$13,000||>40||A mix||Concert contemporary dance companies, dance theater company, freelance commercial work||Los Angeles, CA||3|
|Marketing & programs manager||$40,000||52||Full-time||Service organization||Chicago, IL||6|
|Company dancer||$500||20||Part-time||Ballet company||St Louis, MO||4|
|Artist manager/program manager||$43,000||52||A mix||A 501c3 supporting the choreographic career of the founding artist, including a community rental dance studio||New York, NY||6|
|Development coordinator||$32,000||52||Full-time||Dance organization with a professional company, arts education outreach, studio classes||Milwaukee, WI||3|
|Company member/teaching artist||$20,000||47||Part-time||Contemporary rep company, local dance studios||Chicago, IL||2|
|Choreographer/teacher||$9,000||48||A mix||Dance studios, high school drama department||Ventura, CA||5|
|Dancer||$4,000||25||Part-time||Freelance||New York, NY||3|
|Dance Instructor||$30,000||52||A mix||Private studios||Allentown, PA||15|
|Dancer||$650||46||Part-time||Modern dance company||Chicago, IL||7|
|Dance teacher||$70,000||40||Full-time||Public high school||Sacramento, CA||5|
|Female artist||$3,200||39||A mix||Ballet company||Peoria, IL||2|
|Dance teacher||$40,000||50||Full-time||Dance studio||Portland, ME||12|
|Performer/administrator/teaching artist||$30,000||48||Part-time||Dance company, private studio, dance education nonprofit||Chicago, IL||12|
|Youth instructor and company artistic director||$10,000||40||Part-time||Dance studio||Skokie, IL||11|
|Teacher||$4,457||46||Part-time||Dance studio||Colorado Springs, CO||10|
|Studio owner||$40,000||40||A mix||Dance studio||Grandview, WA||15|
|Dance chair||$80,000||38||Full-time||Public arts magnet school||Connecticut||26|
|Artistic director/choreographer||$17,000||52||A mix||Cultural education performing company||Bay area, CA||50|
|Dance instructor||$23,200||50||A mix||Dance studio||West Virginia||0|
|Dancer||$14,000||35||A mix||Modern dance company||New York, NY||6|
|Dance instructor||$1,768||16||Part-time||Dance studio||Richmond, VA||3|
|Dance teacher||$124,000||36||Full-time||Public high school||Bay area, CA||30|
|Dance teacher||$14,000||40||Full-time||Private studio teacher||Nashville, TN||5|
|Artistic director||$4,500||40||Part-time||Ballet company||Pennsylvania||10|
|Corps de ballet||$28,378.44||34||Full-time||Ballet company||Denver, CO||6|
|Development manager||$50,000||52||Full-time||Ballet company||San Francisco, CA||4|
|Company member||$13,500||38||Full-time||Modern dance comapny||New York, NY||2|
|Dance instructor||$4,000||43||Part-time||Ballet school, competition schools||Colorado||3|
|Ballet teacher||$15,000||45||Part-time||Dance studios||Missouri||4|
|Teaching artist/choreographer||$38,548||52||A mix||Arts high school; private dance studio; private clients; dance companies; non-profit organizations||Washington, DC||22|
|Studio company member||$12,000||40||Full-time||Ballet company||Washington, DC||0.5|
|Dance teacher/choreographer||$12,000||45||Part-time||Dance studio||Rhode Island||7|
|Studio owner||$80,000||52||Full-time||Dance studio||New York||14|
|Freelance dancer||$2,200||24||Part-time||Dance studio; performance companies||Philadelphia, PA||0.75|
|Pilates instructor||$10,000||40||Part-time||Home studio, ballet studio||New Jersey||7|
|Faculty||$35,000||45||A mix||Dance studios||Massachusetts||15|
|Dance educator||$49,000||30||Full-time||Public school system||North Carolina||11|
|Dance program supervisor||$64,000||52||Full-time||Parks and recreation dance school||Lake Forest, IL||18|
|Dancer||$300||32||A mix||Contemporary ballet company||Portland, OR||2|
|Ballet teacher||$25,000||45||Part-time||Ballet school||North Carolina||26|
|Dancer/dance-maker||$1,370||7||Part-time||Dance studio; project-based work||New Orleans, LA||6|
|Artist in resident for the state of SC||$45,000||40||A mix||State arts commission; private teaching||Columbia, SC||35|
|Dance teacher||$12,000||37||Part-time||Dnce studio||New Hampshire||8|
|Company artist||$15,000||20||Full-time||Ballet company||Lexington, KY||10|
|Assistant artistic director/ballet instructor/choreographer||$14,300||48||A mix||Ballet school||Columbus, IN||4|
|Dancer/ballet teacher||$35,000||45||A mix||Ballet company; local ballet school||Phoenix, AZ||5|
|Adjunct instructor of dance||$10,000||36||Part-time||Private liberal arts college||Midwest||10|
|Assistant professor||$45,000||36||Full-time||State university||Louisiana||6|
|Ballet teacher||$37,000||40||Part-time||Private studios||Baltimore, MD||12|
|Choreographer/solo performer||$1,000||52||Part-time||Freelance||Chicago, IL||4|
|Dance teacher||$60,000||45||Full-time||Public high school||East Los Angeles, CA||20|
|Company dancer||$1,200||40||Full-time||Modern dance company||Minneapolis, MN||3|
|Public school dance teacher||$45,000||37||Full-time||Public school system||Cary, NC||12|
|Program assistant/work exchange coordinator/dance instructor||$4,190||50||Part-time||Dance studio||Oakland, CA||13|
|Teacher||$50,000||38||Full-time||High school||Gilbert, AZ||4|
|Resident choreographer||$25,000||40||A mix||Ballet studio||Holland, MI||6|
|Dance educator||$62,000||52||Full-time||Public high school||New Jersey||6|
|Executive director||$32,000||27||Full-time||Afro-contemporary dance company||Chicago, IL||1|
|Teacher||$18,000||49||Full-time||Dance studio||Cleveland, OH||15|
|Program manager||$36,000||52||Full-time||Non-profit dance education organization||Northern Virginia||5|
|Dance coordinator||$7,634||28||Part-time||Fine arts association||Northeast Ohio||4|
|Company dancer||$5,000||18||A mix||Ballet company||Kentucky||4|
|Education manager||$35,500||52||Full-time||Dance center & performing arts organization||Minneapolis, MN||4|
|Dancer||$5,000||40||Part-time||Dance company||New York, NY||5|
|Teacher||$8,000||40||Part-time||Private studio||Pittsburgh, PA||13|
|Membership services manager; independent choreographer||$6,000||48||Part-time||Dance service organization||Portland, OR||5|
|Principal dancer/educational program coordinator||$48,000||30-40||A mix||Spanish dance company||Chicago, IL||10|
|Dancer and teacher||$31,000||46||A mix||Ballet company||Utah||10|
|Assistant director & office manager||$20,899.50||48||A mix||Dance company & dance studio||Rochester, MI||7|
|Freelance dancer||$4,000||34||Part-time||Dance companies||Philadelphia, PA||12|
|Adjunct professor & dance/yoga teacher||$44,500||32||A mix||Private university & private high school||Rhode Island||30|
|Dance educator||$24,767||52||Part-time||Ballet school||Maple Valley, WA||8|
|Dance instructor||$22,000||47||Part-time||Dance studio||Seattle, WA||2|
|Adjunct professor||$15,000||30||Part-time||University||New York, NY||27|
|Dance teacher||$40,000||52||Part-time||Studios and private schools||Seattle, WA||15|
|Dance teacher||$52,800||44||A mix||Private college||New York, NY||14|
|Dancer||$4,000||10||A mix||Modern dance company||New York, NY||15|
|Teacher/studio owner||$24,000||52||A mix||Dance studio||Denver, CO||35|
|Associate professor of dance, department chair||$80,000||52||Full-time||Private university||St. Louis, MO||28|
|Dance educator/coach||$27,800||52||A mix||Dance studio; private university; dance festival||Brighton, MI||15|
|Ballet instructor||$12,000||56||A mix||Dance studios||New York, NY||40|
|Assistant professor of dance||$50,000||52||Full-time||Public university||South Carolina||18|
|Education director||$2,000||45||Part-time||Modern dance company||Ohio||14|
|Educator||$46,000||40||Full-time||County school system; local non-profits||Raleigh/Durham, NC||10|
|Full time faculty||$35,000||47||Full-time||Ballet company||Utah||17|
|Principal dancer||$45,000||48||Full-time||Ballet company and ballet academy||Virginia||12|
|Dance teacher||$68,000||40||Full-time||High school district||California||5|
|Ballet dancer||$22,000||44||A mix||Ballet company||Providence, RI||12|
|Ballet instructor||$39,500||52||Full-time||School affiliated with professional company||Texas||20|
|Ballet teacher and freelance ballet dancer||$32,000||42||A mix||Ballet schools & ballet companies||Rhode Island & Massachusetts||20|
|Dance performance artist||$500||16||Part-time||Dance studio||Montana||8|
|Dance teacher||$41,000||45||A mix||Public high school||Utah||20|
|Assistant professor of dance||$53,000||43||Full-time||Private university||Pennsylvania||10|
|Dance faculty||$25,000||44||Part-time||Performing arts school||Naperville, IL||6|
|Dancer||$16,000||30||Full-time||Ballet company||Birmingham, AL||5|
|Dance teacher||$8,000||42||Part-time||Dance studio||Michigan||7|
|Dance instructor||$60,000||52||Full-time||Dance education and performance venue||Washington, DC||14|
|Academy director||$65,000||52||Full-time||Ballet company and academy||Ohio||32|
|Dance program director||$50,000||45||A mix||Private day/boarding school and local dance studio||Massachusetts||10|
|Apprentice||$0||40||A mix||Ballet company||California||7|
|Freelance||$2,000||13||A mix||Dance companies & schools||New York, NY||3|
|Dance faculty||$25,000||44||Part-time||Performing arts school||Naperville, IL||6|
|Dancer/dance teacher||$20,000||45||A mix||Dance studios and dance company||Atlanta, GA||1|
|Performing apprentice||$3,000||16||Part-time||Contemporary jazz dance company; community arts programs||Chicago, IL||2|
|Dance instuctor||$4,500||32||Part-time||Youth performance ensemble||Washington, DC||10|
|Dance instructor||$3,000||35||Part-time||Dance studios||New Orleans suburbs||3|
|Company artist||$18,000||32||Full-time||Ballet company; contemporary dance company||Boise, ID & Seattle, WA||6|
|Dancer||$933||6||Full-time||Modern dance company||New York, NY||7|
|Corps de ballet||$25,000||30||Full-time||Ballet company||Portland, OR||1|
Alicia Alonso's famed ballet company in Cuba has a new leader: the beloved hometown prima ballerina Viengsay Valdés.
Ballet Nacional of Cuba just named Valdés deputy artistic director, which means she will immediately assume the daily responsibilities of running the company. Alonso, 98, will retain the title of general director, but in practice, Valdés will be the one making all the artistic decisions.
I'm terrified of performing choreography that changes directions. I messed up last year when the stage lights caused me to become disoriented. What can I do to prevent this from happening again? I can perform the combination just fine in the studio with the mirror.
—Scared, San Francisco, CA
From the angles of your feet to the size of your head, it can sometimes seem like there is no part of a dancer's body that is not under scrutiny. It's easy to get obsessed when you are constantly in front of a mirror, trying to fit a mold.
Yet the traditional ideals seem to be exploding every day. "The days of carbon-copy dancers are over," says BalletX dancer Caili Quan. "Only when you're confident in your own body can you start truly working with what you have."
While the striving may never end, there can be unexpected benefits to what you may think of as your "imperfections."
It's the second week of Miami City Ballet School's Choreographic Intensive, and the students stand in a light-drenched studio watching as choreographer Durante Verzola sets a pas de trois. "Don't be afraid to look at the ceiling—look that high," Verzola shows one student as she holds an arabesque. "That gives so much more dimension to your dancing." Other students try the same movement from the sidelines.
When Arantxa Ochoa took over as MCB School's director of faculty and curriculum two years ago, she decided to add a second part to the summer intensive: five weeks focused on technique would be followed by a new two-week choreography session. The technique intensive is not a requirement, but students audition for both at the same time and many attend the two back-to-back.
On a summer afternoon at The Ailey School's studios, a group of students go through a sequence of Horton exercises, radiating concentration and strength as they tilt to one side, arms outstretched and leg parallel to the ground. Later, in a studio down the hall, a theater dance class rehearses a lively medley of Broadway show tunes. With giant smiles and bouncy energy, students run through steps to "The Nicest Kids in Town" from Hairspray.
"You gotta really scream!" teacher Judine Somerville calls out as they mime their excitement. "This is live theater!" They segue into the audition number from A Chorus Line, "I Hope I Get It," their expressions becoming purposeful and slightly nervous. "Center stage is wherever I am," Somerville tells them when the music stops, making them repeat the words back to her. "Take that wherever you go."
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Dance artists, as a rule, are a resilient bunch. But working in a studio in New York City without heat or electricity in the middle of winter? That's not just crazy; it's unhealthy, and too much to ask of anyone.
Unfortunately, Brooklyn Studios for Dance hasn't had heat since mid-November, making it impossible for classes or performances to take place in the community-oriented center.
So what's a studio to do? Throw a massive dance party, of course.
As winter sets in, your muscles may feel tighter than they did in warmer weather. You're not imagining it: Cold weather can cause muscles to lose heat and contract, resulting in a more limited range of motion and muscle soreness or stiffness.
But dancers need their muscles to be supple and fresh, no matter the weather outside. Here's how to maintain your mobility during the colder months so your dancing isn't affected:
A newly launched initiative hopes to change the face of ballet, both onstage and behind the scenes. Called "The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet," the three-year initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a partnership between Dance Theatre of Harlem, the International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance/USA.
"We've seen huge amounts of change in the years since 1969, when Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded," says Virginia Johnson, artistic director of DTH. "But change is happening much too slowly, and it will continue to be too slow until we come to a little bit more of an awareness of what the underlying issues are and what needs to be done to address them."
From the outside, it seemed like the worst of New York City Ballet's problems were behind them last winter, when ballet master in chief Peter Martins retired amid accusations of abuse and sexual harassment, and an internal investigation did not substantiate those claims.
But further troubles were revealed in August when a scandal broke that led to dancer Chase Finlay's abrupt resignation and the firing of fellow principals Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro. All three were accused of "inappropriate communications" and violating "norms of conduct."
The artistic director sets the tone for a dance company and leads by example. But regardless of whether Martins, and George Balanchine before him, established a healthy organization, the issues at NYCB bespeak an industry-wide problem, says Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women. "From New York City Ballet to emerging artists, we've just done what's been handed down," she observes. "That has not necessarily led to great practices."
If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Dance Magazine, now's your chance to find out. Dance Magazine is seeking an editorial intern who's equally passionate about dance and journalism.
Through March 1, we are accepting applications for a summer intern to assist our staff onsite in New York City from June to August. The internship includes an hourly stipend and requires a minimum two-day-a-week commitment. (We do not provide assistance securing housing.)
For the past few months, the dance world has been holding its collective breath, waiting for New York City Ballet to announce who will take over the helm as artistic director.
Though former ballet master in chief Peter Martins retired over a year ago after accusations of sexual harassment and abuse (an internal investigation did not corroborate the accusations), the search for a new leader didn't begin until last May.
Nine months later, the new director's name could be released any day now. And we have some theories about who it might be:
Some people take this profession as just a chapter of their life. They feel like dance is a job—a fun job, but a job. Other people live their life through dance. I never considered being a ballerina a profession. It's a lifestyle.
If I don't have a performance, I feel like a tiger trapped in a cage. I have so many emotions, I feel I need to give them to somebody, to exhaust myself—I need to cry or laugh, or else it's suffocating. Other people might scream or throw bottles into the wall. We dancers scream onstage through our movement. For me, it's like sweeping off the dust in my soul.
Back in 2011, Yale University's dean of science was thinking about refreshing the program's offerings for non-majors when he happened upon a Pilobolus performance. A light bulb went off: Dance is full of physics.
That realization led to what has become an eight-year collaboration between particle physicist Sarah Demers and former New York City Ballet dancer Emily Coates, both professors at Yale who were brought together to co-teach a course called The Physics of Dance. Their partnership has involved everything from directing a short film to presenting a TedX Talk and performing a piece that Coates created, commissioned by Danspace Project. This month, they're publishing a book about what they've discovered by dialoging across two seemingly disparate disciplines.
What's next for the dance world? Our annual list of the dancers, choreographers and companies that are on the verge of skyrocketing has a pretty excellent track record of answering that question.
Here they are: the 25 up-and-coming artists we believe represent the future of our field.
Though Polunin has long had a reputation for behaving inappropriately, in the last month his posts have been somewhat unhinged. In one, Polunin, who is Ukrainian, shows off his new tattoo of Vladimir Putin:
Just before retiring in 2015, Sylvie Guillem appeared on "HARDtalk with Zeinab Badawi," the BBC's hard-hitting interview program. Badawi told Guillem,
"Clement Crisp of the Financial Times, 14 years ago, described your dancing as vulgar."
"Yeah, well, he said that. But at the same time, when they asked Margot Fonteyn what she thought about lifting the leg like this she said, 'Well, if I could have done it, I would have done it.' "
They were discussing Guillem's signature stroke—her 180-degree leg extension à la seconde. Ballet legs had often flashed about in the higher zones between 135 and 160 degrees before. But it wasn't until the virtuoso French ballerina regularly
extended her leg beside her ear with immaculate poise in the 1980s that leg extensions for ballet dancers in classical roles reached their zenith. Traditionalists like Clement Crisp were not taken with it.
Sebastian Abarbanell remembers being asked as an undergrad at Trinity Laban in London to perform wearing only a dance belt. "I said no," he says, "because I felt uncomfortable." Now a performer with Sidra Bell Dance New York, he's performed partially nude several times, without reservation. The difference? "It comes with more experience and maturing as a dancer," he says. "When you see a dancer living in their skin, you don't need to put anything else on them. When I said no in college, I wasn't in my skin yet."
Getting in your skin—and getting comfortable wearing only your skin onstage—requires a particular alchemy of vulnerability, agency, preparation and practice.
Birmingham Royal Ballet announced today that international star Carlos Acosta will be taking over as director in January of 2020. Current BRB director David Bintley will be stepping down this summer, at the end of the company's 2019 season, after a 24-year tenure. "It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have been appointed to lead Birmingham Royal Ballet," Acosta said in a statement.
Since retiring from The Royal Ballet in 2015, Acosta has focused much of his attention on his native Cuba, where he's proven his directorial abilities at the helm of Acosta Danza, the contemporary company that he founded in 2016. In 2017 Acosta also opened his first Dance Academy through his foundation, which provides free training to students. We don't yet know how Acosta will balance his time between his projects in Cuba and his new role at BRB.
My personal life has taken a nosedive since I broke up with my boyfriend. He's in the same show and is now dating one of my colleagues. It's heartbreaking to see them together, and I'm determined never to date a fellow dancer again. But it's challenging to find someone outside, as I practically live in the theater. Do you have any advice?
—Loveless, New York, NY
The inimitable Carol Channing, best known for her role as the titular Hello, Dolly!, passed away today at 97.
Though she became a three-time Tony winner, Channing was born in Seattle, far from the Great White Way, in 1921. After growing up in San Francisco, she attended the famed Bennington College, studying dance and drama. She later told the university, "What Bennington allows you to do is develop the thing you're going to do anyway, over everybody's dead body." For Channing, that meant decades of fiery, comical performances, bursting with energy.
Something's coming, I don't know when
But it's soon...maybe tonight?
Those iconic lyrics have basically been our #mood ever since we first heard a remake of the West Side Story film, directed by Steven Spielberg and choreographed by Justin Peck, was in the works. THE CASTING. THE CASTING WAS COMING.
Well, last night—after an extensive search process that focused on finding the best actors within the Puerto Rican/Latinx community—the WSS team finally revealed who'll be playing Maria, Anita, Bernardo, and Chino (joining Ansel Elgort, who was cast as Tony last fall). And you guys: It is a truly epic group.