Why Miami City Ballet Principal Alexander Peters Thinks You Should Start Painting

In addition to taking dance classes as a kid, Alexander Peters also had regular piano lessons and drawing, painting and pottery classes. Of course, those extracurriculars took a backseat when he began seriously training in ballet as a teenager.

But about a year and a half ago, his husband enrolled in school in Philadelphia, and Peters, now a principal at Miami City Ballet, began painting again just to pass the time alone. "I had no clue how passionate I would become, but now I feel an insatiable need to paint almost every day," he says.

He recently filmed himself in his studio for Dance Magazine, sharing a bit about his creative process—and explaining why he thinks other dancers would benefit from exploring other aspects of their creativity, too.


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Yvonne Montoya with her son Buddy at home. Photo by Dominic A Bonuccelli, Courtesy Montoya

The Challenges of Dancing While Parenting While Going Through a Pandemic

When Yvonne Montoya climbs all over the piano while her 12-year-old son Buddy tries to practice on it, we might guess that she is either having a parental meltdown or making a dance. Turns out, it's both. "It's been wild, and completely overwhelming," says Montoya from her Tucson, Arizona home, where she lives with Buddy and her husband.

Montoya, a 23rd-generation Nuevomexicana and founding director of Safos Dance Theatre, is one of many dance artists navigating motherhood during COVID-19. Choreographers, educators, artistic directors and dancers are not only trying to keep their careers afloat by creating digital work, but some have also been dealing with their now homebound children in the wobbly world of the Zoom school room, which is about to crank up again in most of the U.S. Doing that while managing a company, a studio or a freelance career can sometimes generate a type of artful chaos.

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