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|
As a very shy little girl, my happy place was my room, where I would wear improvised costumes and giggle with happiness while dancing for an imaginary audience. I was raised in a family where dancing was "normal." My mom and sisters graduated from the national ballet academy in Poland, and I, of course, wanted to follow their steps. But I was never forced to. I am proud to say I discovered the magic of ballet all by myself.
Photo by Costin Radu, courtesy of Petra Conti
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The midterm elections are less than three weeks away on November 6. If you're registered to vote, hooray!
But you can't fully celebrate before you've completed your mission. Showing up at the polls is what matters most—especially since voter turnout for midterms doesn't have a fabulous track record. According to statistics from FairVote, about 40 percent of the population that is eligible to vote actually casts a ballot during midterm elections.
Many members of the dance community are making it clear that they want that percentage go up, and they're using social media to take a stand. Here's how they're getting involved:
Dancers will do just about anything to increase their odds of staying injury-free. And there are plenty of products out there claiming that they can help you do just that. But which actually work?
We asked for recommendations from four experts: Martt Lawrence, who teaches Pilates to dancers in San Francisco; Lisa-Marie Lewis, who teaches yoga at The Ailey Extension in New York City; physical therapist Alexis Sams, who treats dancers at her clinic in Phoenix; and stretch training coach Vicente Hernandez, who teaches at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.
With a contemporary air that exalts—rather than obscures—flamenco tradition, and a technique and stamina that boggle the mind, Eduardo Guerrero's professional trajectory has done nothing but skyrocket since being named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" earlier this year. His 2017 solo Guerrero has toured widely, and he has created premieres for the Jerez Festival (Faro) and the 2018 Seville Flamenco Biennial (Sombra Efímera). In the midst of his seemingly unstoppable ascension, he's created Gaditanía, his first work utilizing a corps de ballet. Guerrero is currently touring the U.S. with this homage to Cadiz, the city of his birth.
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At our cover shoot for the November issue, Bobbi Jene Smith curated one of the best lineups of YouTube music videos that I've heard in a long time. From Bob Dylan to Tom Waits, they felt like such perfect choices for her earthy, visceral movement and soulful approach to dance.
Dance technology has come a long way from ballet variations painstakingly learned by watching fuzzy VHS tapes. Over the last few years, a dizzying number of online training programs have cropped up, offering the chance to take class in contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and even ballroom from the comfort of your own living room or studio.
Usually, it takes new recruits a few seasons to make their mark at the Paul Taylor Dance Company. But Taylor wasted no time in honing in on the talents of Alex Clayton. Only a few months after Clayton joined in June 2017, Taylor created an exciting solo for him in his new Concertiana, filled with explosive leaps and quick footwork. Clayton was also featured in new works by Doug Varone and Bryan Arias. At 5' 6" he may be compact, but onstage he fills the space with a thrilling sense of attack.
Scottish Ballet is turning 50 next year, but they'll be the one giving out the gifts.
In 2019, the company will make five wishes from fans come true, as a way of thanking them for their loyalty and support over the years. "It can be anything from the dancers performing at a birthday party or on the banks of Loch Ness, or even the chance to get on stage and be part of a Scottish Ballet show," according to the company.
Recently, English National Ballet first artist Precious Adams announced that she will no longer be wearing pink tights. With the support of her artistic director Tamara Rojo, she will instead wear chocolate brown tights (and shoes) that match her flesh tone.
It may seem like a simple change, but this could be a watershed moment—one where the aesthetics of ballet begin to expand to include the presence of people of color.
Flamenco dancer and choreographer Rocío Molina created her first full-length production, Entre paredes ("Between Walls"), at the age of 22. At 26, the prodigy received Spain's National Dance Prize, the most coveted dance award in Spain. Now 34, her rupture with tradition makes her no stranger to controversy. But it, and her fiercely personal and contemporary style, means that each new project is a fascinating voyage.
Molina is the subject of French filmmaker Emilio Belmonte's first feature length documentary, IMPULSO. The film, which makes its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York City's Film Forum on October 17, follows Molina for two years as she tours Europe presenting a series of improvised works. These improvisations ultimately inspired the creation of one of Molina's masterworks, Caída de Cielo ("Fallen from Heaven"), which premiered in 2016.
In a move that was both surprising and seemingly inevitable, New York City Ballet closed its fall season by promoting seven dancers. Joseph Gordon, who was promoted to soloist in February 2017, is now a principal dancer. Daniel Applebaum, Harrison Coll, Claire Kretzschmar, Aaron Sanz, Sebastian Villarini-Velez and Peter Walker have been promoted to soloist.
Newly promoted soloist Peter Walker has been showing his abilities as a leading man in ballets like Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB
The announcement was made on Saturday by Jonathan Stafford, the head of NYCB's interim leadership team. These seven promotions mark the first since longtime ballet master in chief Peter Martins retired in the midst of harassment allegations at the beginning of this year. While Stafford and fellow interim leaders Rebecca Krohn, Craig Hall and Justin Peck have made some bold choices in terms of programming—such as commissioning Kyle Abraham and Emma Portner to create new works for the 2018–19 season—their primary focus has appeared to be keeping the company running on an even keel while the search for a new artistic leader is ongoing. Some of us theorized that we would not be seeing any promotions until a new artistic director was in place.
Ryan Steele has a simple rule for demanding days on Broadway: "I listen to my body," he says. "I have whatever I'm craving: If I need more protein, I go straight for that. If I'm tired, I know I need carbs."
This wasn't always Steele's approach. Growing up, shuttling between the studio and school meant relying on McDonald's and Burger King.
The entrancing power of Instagram can't be denied. I've lost hours of my life scrolling the platform looking at other people documenting theirs. What starts as a "quick" fill-the-moment check-in can easily lead to a good 10-15 minute session, especially if I enter the nebulous realm of "suggested videos."
My algorithm usually shows me professional ballet dancers in performances, rehearsals, class, backstage and on tour, which I quite enjoy. But there are the other dance feeds that I find myself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by: the hyper-elastic, hyper-extended, gumby-footed girls always at the barre doing developpés to six o'clock. There are the multiple turners, the avid stretchers and we can't forget the endless balancers.
This parade of tricksters always makes me wonder, What else can they do? Can they actually dance?
New York City Ballet fired principal dancers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro on Saturday. Both had initially been suspended until 2019 for engaging in "inappropriate communications," while principal Chase Finlay, who was the instigator of those communications, resigned. (Although, in a statement on Saturday, NYCB made it clear they had decided to terminate Finlay prior to his resignation.)
The New York Times reports that NYCB says the change from suspension to termination resulted from hearing the concerns of dancers, staff members and others in the NYCB community. Yet it's hard to ignore the fact that a lawsuit against NYCB had been filed in the meantime. A statement from NYCB executive director Katherine Brown and interim artistic team leader Jonathan Stafford stated:
"We have no higher obligation than to ensure that our dancers and staff have a workplace where they feel respected and valued, and we are committed to providing that environment for all employees of New York City Ballet."
Since the news was announced, both Catazaro and Ramasar have spoken out publicly about being fired.
Earlier this week, a friend of a friend reached out to me seeking recommendations for a dancer/choreographer to hire. She wanted someone who could perform a solo and talk about their process for an arts-appreciation club. After a few emails back and forth, as I was trying to find out exactly what kind of choreographer she was looking for, it eventually emerged that she was not looking to pay this person.
"We are hoping to find someone who would be willing to participate in exchange for the exposure," she wrote.
Why do people think this is an okay thing to ask for?
For over a decade, husband-and-wife team Pascal Rioult and Joyce Herring, artistic and associate artistic directors of RIOULT Dance NY, dreamed of building a space for their company and fellow artists in the community, and a school for future dancers. This month, their 11,000-square-foot dream opens its doors in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens, a New York City neighborhood across the East River from Manhattan.
In the final years of her decade-long career with the Lewitzky Dance Company, University of Arizona Associate Professor Amy Ernst began to develop an interest in dance injury prevention. She remembers feeling an urge to widen her understanding of dance and the body. Soon after retirement from the Company, she was hired by the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, California as a physical therapy assistant, where she worked for the next three and a half years. This work eventually led her to pursue an M.F.A. in dance at the University of Washington-Seattle. She remembers growing into the role of a professor during her time pursuing her degree. That incubation phase was critical. Ernst joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1995, and now as director of the M.F.A. program, mentors the new generation of dance faculty, company directors and innovators.
With cooler weather finally here, it's time to talk warm-ups. And while your dancewear drawer is probably overflowing with oversized sweaters, leggings and enough leg warmers to outfit the whole class, warm-up boots are often forgotten. To keep your feet and ankles cozy in between rehearsals, we rounded up dance warm-up boots that suit every style.
Bloch Inc. Printed Warm-up Bootie
via Bloch Inc.
Created by Irina Dvorovenko and Max Beloserkovsky, this collection comes in a variety of tie dye, floral and even butterfly prints.
Some of my favorite experiences as both an audience member and a dancer have involved audience participation. Artists who cleverly use participatory moments can make bold statements about the boundaries between performer and spectator, onstage and off. And the challenge to be more than a passive viewer can redefine an audience's relationship to what they're watching. But all the experiences I've loved have had something in common: They've given audiences a choice.
A few weeks back, I had a starkly different experience—one that has caused me to think deeply about how consent should play into audience-performer relationships.
What happens when you mix two really good things together? Sometimes, it can be magical. It's practically guaranteed when one of those elements is the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the other is—wait for it—dance-team–style hip hop.
When the Bible spoke of the "ingathering of the exiles," it didn't have dance in mind. Yet, this month, more than 100 dancers, choreographers and scholars from around the world will gather at Arizona State University to celebrate the impact of Jews and the Jewish experience on dance. From hora to hip hop, social justice to somatics, ballet to Gaga, the three-day event (Oct. 13–15) is "deliberately inclusive," says conference organizer and ASU professor Naomi Jackson.