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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In this global economic crisis, it sometimes feels like the plight of dancers has been largely ignored. So Debbie Allen is on a mission to change that. "They don't list dance and the arts as essential," she says, "but we are! We give people more joy and hope than almost anything."

To spread that joy and hope—and raise some sorely needed funds—Allen is putting on a 12-hour digital dance-a-thon on Saturday, June 13, called Dance To The Music. Along with her co-host, choreographer JaQuel Knight, Allen will be livestreaming from 12 pm to 12 am Pacific, sharing impromptu performances from top dancers, inspirational conversations with celebrities, dance classes with major choreographers, spotlights on studios around the country, and DJ sets that will get us all moving together.

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