Do The Hustle: What it Takes to Juggle Multiple Dance Jobs

Having just returned to New York City after a couple weeks of guesting in Southeast Asia, American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin is in rehearsal for the lead role in Alexei Ratmansky’s latest creation, Whipped Cream. In between this brief rehearsal period and ABT’s Metropolitan Opera House season, Simkin will be using any days off […]

You'll Recognize These Benois de la Danse Nominees

Each year, the Benois de la Danse selects the best male and female ballet dancer and a top choreographer from an impressive group of international artists. But just because it draws on a worldwide talent pool doesn’t mean the names are all unrecognizable. This year’s Moscow-based awards highlight the performances of many Dance Magazine favorites—and […]

What It's Like to Dance Your Final Season After 14 Years in the Corps

Even before I began my 14th season with Boston Ballet last fall, I knew I wanted it to be my last. I had taken the summer layoff to analyze my career, weighing my casting heartaches with my performance successes. I noticed that as I watched my colleagues dance, I felt more inclined to spend time […]

Ballet's Backbone

Most corps members have one thing in common: little rest. When you’re the backbone of the company, you’re cast in almost every major ballet, and expected to give just as much to each character and peasant role as you do the rare soloist opportunities thrown your way. Recently, Dance Magazine followed Boston Ballet’s Hannah Bettes […]

What Makes a Principal?

Artistic directors reveal how they decide who gets the top promotion. Isabella Boylston was promoted to principal at ABT in 2014. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT There is one question at the ballet that might provoke more curiosity than any other: Who will be promoted to the rank of principal dancer? The answer is […]

Boston Ballet and Forsythe Team Up

Boston Ballet principal Misa Kuranaga in Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy Boston Ballet. For most dancers, performing (or even watching) William Forsythe’s electric, exaggerated vocabulary is an exhilarating experience. For dancers at Boston Ballet, it will soon be a new norm. Today, the company announced a five-year partnership with the master choreographer starting next […]

On the Rise: Maria Baranova

As a long-limbed powerhouse, yet soulful soubrette, Maria Baranova defies “type.” At 16, she signed her first contract with Hamburg Ballet. At 19, she became a principal at Finnish National Ballet. This season, with a persistent glimmer still in her eyes, she has joined Boston Ballet as a soloist, where she’s eager to test the […]

Trending Now: #Competitions

How has the rising popularity of competitions affected the concert dance world? Backstage at Youth America Grand Prix finals. Photo by Kyle Froman. Showstopper hosts more than 50 events each year. Photo courtesy Showstopper. A disembodied voice calls out a number, name, age and title of the dance. Out of the wings comes an expert […]

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