Surrounded by dancers, from all over the globe—New York locals, talents from Baltimore, Brazil, Eastern Europe, Japan, and beyond—I found a surrogate family in the studio. As a child among them, my youth seemed to bring joy to many who were far away from home. The dancers became my guardians; they nurtured me and supported my development.
How can aspiring professional dancers navigate this complicated phase of their careers? According to the experts, the key is identifying programs that nurture young dancers without taking advantage of them.
From major Broadway transfers to a jazzy anniversary extravaganza (and much more in between), March’s performance calendar is chock-full of excitement. Here’s what we’re making time in our schedules to see.
Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures from the last month. Jakob Feyferlik has joined Dutch National Ballet as a principal. Carlos Acosta has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Royal Ballet School. Julia Mayer has been appointed executive director at See Chicago Dance. Amy Seiwert has departed from her post […]
It’s widely known how jam-packed an Ailey dancer’s schedule is: the company averages between 175 and 200 performances each year. So it’s hard to imagine that these artists have time for anything else. Impressively, eight-year AAADT dancer Jermaine Terry has somehow maintained a second career in costume and clothing design. From wedding dresses to one-of-a […]
When you’re offered a chance to take a class with Judith Jamison, you don’t say no. The company’s beloved artistic director emerita rarely teaches open classes. But to celebrate the legacy of Alvin Ailey on what would have been his 87th birthday, she gave a special two-hour workshop at the Ailey Extension on Friday night. […]
When I’m dancing, I feel so alive, like every single part of me that makes me who I am is participating in moving my body. When I was little, I wouldn’t stop dancing if I could help it. One of my favorite things to do was to pretend to be Gene Kelly in the backyard […]
Attending the right summer intensive at the right time can be life-changing—and potentially career-launching. But it’s up to you to make the most of the experience. From building your technique to trying new styles to expanding your network, getting everything you want from an intensive takes focus and planning. Strategize for success with these tips […]