Freelancer Melissa Toogood. Photo by Jim Lafferty

What It Takes To Thrive As a Freelance Dancer—In Any City

Building a freelance career takes guts, no matter where you're based. Most dancers assume you need to live in major dance hubs like New York or Los Angeles to find enough work. But as these four dancers who are thriving in unique and burgeoning scenes prove, freelance opportunities abound.


Emily Tarallo: Miami, Florida

C Michael Photo, Courtesy Tarallo

Nicholas Korkos: San Francisco, California

Photo by Jason Lam, courtesy Korkos

Diana Amalfitano: Washington, DC

Photo by KyokoDansu, Courtesy Amalfitano

Alexander Davis: Boston, Massachusetts

Photo by Eli Akerstein, Courtesy Urbanity Dance

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Houston Ballet's "Dancing With Myself" Captures How We All Feel Right Now

What are dancers to do when they're still stuck at home in isolation? After all, there's only so much time you can spend taking barre, tackling your reading list (or Netflix queue) or ticking items off your to-do list. Even wistfully looking out the window has lost its appeal after a few months.

That's when you need a dance party—even it's for a party of one.

With its latest digital release, Houston Ballet tapped into our stir-crazy desperation and turned it into a celebration for 61 dancers shaking it in everything from PJs to formal gowns. Rehearsed entirely on Zoom and with choreography by artistic director Stanton Welch, "Dancing With Myself," set to the Billy Idol classic, is the #IFeelSeen moment dancers need right about now.