The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Ohad Naharin

Go to almost any contemporary dance performance in the U.S. and you’ll see the influence of Ohad Naharin. Since taking the helm of Batsheva Dance Company in 1990, Naharin has transformed the group into a global force in dance. His contagious movement practice, Gaga, has spread far and wide, changing the way many choreographers think […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Amy Fitterer

Former arts lobbyist Amy Fitterer is all about diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity—and making Dance/USA relevant for today’s climate. Since assuming leadership in 2011, Fitterer has worked to create programs that genuinely serve the needs of today’s dance world. She’s established the Institute for Leadership Training for emerging dance leaders, which has been enormously successful […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Alastair Macaulay

If you had a dollar for every cup of coffee spilt over an Alastair Macaulay review, you could put a down payment on a Brooklyn studio. The British-born Macaulay became The New York Times‘ chief dance critic in 2007. Since then his reviews, often personal in tone, filled with reminiscences as well as dance history, […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Alexei Ratmansky

In the last five years, Alexei Ratmansky has made seventeen ballets for nine different companies in five countries. These include an abstract ballet set to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, an interpretation of Plato’s Symposium set to Leonard Bernstein, reconstructions of three Petipa ballets based early twentieth-century notations, a re-imagined Baiser de la Fée, and […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Linda Shelton

The Joyce Theater remains a second home for mainstream dance lovers in New York City, and executive director Linda Shelton’s choices of whom to present (made along with director of programming Martin Wechsler) hold remarkable power. Saying your company has landed a week at The Joyce is basically another way of saying you’ve “made it.” […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Andy Blankenbuehler

Through his work on shows like In the Heights, Bandstand and the game-changing Hamilton, Andy Blankenbuehler is pushing Broadway choreography into new territory. He continually reveals dance’s ability to tell stories that matter to contemporary audiences, with movement that’s meticulously detailed yet seamlessly integrated into the show’s world. In his work, dance becomes not just […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Justin Peck

Since creating his first work for New York City Ballet in 2012, 29-year-old Justin Peck has catapulted into a dancemaking career that spans ballet and contemporary companies across the world. His spellbinding formations, unusual partnering and impossibly fast petit allégro—along with his hipster-cool collaborations with trendsetters like alt-rocker Sufjan Stevens and fashion label Opening Ceremony—give […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Lourdes Lopez

At Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez has shown how to turn around a financially struggling company without losing that for which it’s beloved. While building upon founder Edward Villella’s Balanchine legacy, she’s also embraced Miami’s unique cultural identity, commissioning works like Justin Peck’s Wynwood-inspired Heatscape and Miami-born artist Michele Oka Doner’s underwater reimagining of A […]

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