Tag: abi stafford

The Performances We're Penciling Into Our Calendars Over the Next Month

Festivals, farewells, fresh works—the next month promises all that and more. Here’s a mix of online and in-person shows we’re trying to fit into our refreshingly busy calendars. Hello, Goodbye NEW YORK CITYBack onstage in its home theater at last, New York City Ballet premieres new works by contemporary dance darlings Sidra Bell and Andrea […]

Paralyzed by Stage Fright? 6 Ways to Beat Your Nerves

In my career, I’ve gotten to dance several of my dream roles. But sometimes I felt so nervous before a show that I just wanted the whole thing to be over and done with.Don’t let this happen to you! Here are my tips for dealing with pre-performance butterflies: 1.Embrace Your Nerves Photo by Jim Lafferty […]

NYCB Principals Ashley Bouder, Abi Stafford & Maria Kowroski On Dancing As Moms

Throughout New York City Ballet’s almost 70-year history, very few dancers have returned to the stage after having a baby. Yet the company is having something of a baby boom right now, with three principal dancers currently diving into motherhood while upholding their careers. In March, writer Jen Peters sat down with Abi Stafford and […]

Why I Dance: Abi Stafford

I’m a shy person. Carrying on a conversation has never been my strong suit. When I started ballet lessons at 6, I didn’t talk to many of the other kids. I worried that I would say the wrong thing and they would laugh at me. But as I learned ballet, I realized that dancing made […]