American Ballet Theatre's two months of performances at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House can be an exciting but demanding time for the dancers. With nine ballets in eight weeks including Whipped Cream and Harlequinade, a night off is hard to come by.




The dancers need the best possible support to get through this time injury-free. One of their secrets? Flooring from Harlequin Floors, which has been working closely with the dance community for many years to build a range of floors for all forms of dance. Harlequin develops floors that help reduce injuries, often in collaboration with some of the world's biggest dance companies. Trust, innovation and collaboration are at the core of everything they do.

ABT's director of production, James Whitehill, has sworn by Harlequin for years: "Flooring is a major consideration at ABT and continues its commitment to performing works that both honor our heritage and celebrate the innovative future of the art form. Whether in rehearsal or in performance, Harlequin meets the standard of excellence that ABT and its artists demand, which is why we look to Harlequin Floors as our official flooring provider."

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How I Deal with Racist Remarks as a Ballet Dancer of Color

After years of rigorous training, ballet dancers become accustomed to constructive and oftentimes harsh criticism. Being scrutinized is something that comes with the territory.

I myself spent the better half of my high school years in Russia, where political correctness does not get in the way of progress. We were trained to use criticism as fuel to propel us forward. Everything said in class or rehearsal was meant to help better ourselves and not to be taken personally.

But where is the line between helpful advice and offensive language?

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