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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What It Was Like When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was in the Audience—or Backstage

The 27 years that Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent on the U.S. Supreme Court were 27 years that she spent as one of Washington, D.C.'s most ardent, elegant and erudite supporters of the performing arts. The justice, who died on September 18 of metastatic cancer, was also an avid cultural tourist, traveling to the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass operas nearly every summer, as well as occasionally returning to catch shows in her native New York City.

Ginsburg's opera fandom was well known, but her tastes were wide-ranging. Particularly in the last 10 years of her life, after Ginsburg lost her beloved husband, Marty, it was not unusual for the petite justice and her security detail to be spotted at theaters several nights a week. She saw everything, from classic musicals to serious new plays, plus performances that defied classification, like Martha Clarke's dance drama Chéri, with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, which toured to the Kennedy Center in 2014.

To honor Ginsburg, Dance Magazine asked three dance artists whose performances the justice attended to recall what Ginsburg meant to them.

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