How a Freelancer’s Career Compares to a Full-Time Company Member’s

When Kaitlyn Gilliland was an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2006, choreographer Eliot Feld created Étoile Polaire for her, a 12-minute solo that predicted the person and artist Gilliland would eventually become—a force transitioning gracefully through different realms with a powerful sense of self. After leaving NYCB, Gilliland went on to have a […]

Is Pursuing Dance My Parents' Dream or Mine?

I don’t understand why I’ve lost my motivation to dance at 20 years old. My parents have always encouraged me to have a life plan and ask continuously how my pre-professional training program is going. I feel crushed by their expectations. I’m actually relieved when I get injured and can’t dance, even though I miss […]

Tired of Being Typecast? Try These Tips to Expand Your Range.

I always dreamed of being a lead dancer. But since reaching my goal, I feel stuck performing the same bravura roles year after year. I want to do more expressive parts, too. How can I expand my range? —Typecast, San Francisco, CA Casting often favors a dancer’s strengths. In your case, it sounds like you’re […]

Does Getting a Trainee Contract Mean I'll Never Make It?

I feel like a loser after auditioning for a ballet company. Instead of a job, I landed a position in their trainee program. I refused it and switched to a school with a Limón curriculum, which doesn’t do it for me. Now what? —Failure, New York, NY It’s natural to do an about-face and search […]

The Company I Danced in Closed. Now What?

My life is in complete chaos since my dance company disbanded. I have a day job, so money isn’t the issue. It’s the loss of my world that stings the most. What can I do? —Lost Career, Washington, DC Being a member of a dance company is like having a second family, so grief is […]

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