"Dance Is My Time For Make-Believe"

“I don’t wanna go to dance!” As a kid, these were my famous words. When packing into the car for the interminable ride to the studio, I would kick and scream so much that I earned the nickname “The Hornet.” I am so glad my parents put up with my sting, because looking back, it […]

5 Reasons We'll Miss NYCB Principal Rebecca Krohn

This Saturday night, New York City Ballet principal Rebecca Krohn is performing for the last time, in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. After 19 years at the company, she’s transitioning into a ballet master role. As she told Playbill, she’s incredibly grateful for the coaching she’s received during her career, and now she wants to give […]

Meet the Ballerina Who's Also a Quantum Physicist

Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that – but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her […]

"Teaching Itself Is One Of The Greatest Teachers"

I have always felt a need to communicate and, even more importantly, to be understood. But as a child, I always hit an emotional wall when trying to speak. Although my great-aunt Rose had no connection to dance, she intuitively saw that I needed an outlet, and recommended that I take a movement class. It […]

Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project is Becoming a Company Like No Other

It’s fitting that choreographer Benjamin Millepied named a recent work On the Other Side. After a difficult two-year tenure as artistic director of the Paris Opéra Ballet, he is happily settled in Los Angeles and reemerging with big plans for L.A. Dance Project, the contemporary company he founded there in 2012. Today, his ambitious vision […]