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Meet Usha Jey, the Rising Multi-Hyphenate Fusing Bharatanatyam and Hip Hop

Paris-based Tamil dancer and choreographer Usha Jey took the world by storm when her #HybridBharatham series went viral on social media. Featuring duets and trios in which dancers switch between hip hop and the Indian classical dance style bharatanatyam, the videos are set to tracks by rappers such as Lil Wayne, Jack Harlow and DaBaby.

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Meet BalletX’s Ashley Simpson

In the BalletX rehearsal studio, a converted warehouse with sky-high ceilings and equally lofty technique, Ashley Simpson is right at home. Through the precision and joy of her movement—newly made in the moment with choreographer Caili Quan—Simpson is exploring camaraderie with her fellow company members.

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Meet Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Cyrie Topete

Cyrie Topete barely had time to move her tassel from right to left at her Juilliard graduation before bursting onto the professional scene. In July, the 2022 grad appeared in a dance film by Justin Peck for the running brand On. A month later, she was performing at Jacob’s­ Pillow as one of six new […]

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Introducing Naazir Muhammad, Houston Ballet’s Rising Star

When Houston Ballet demi soloist Naazir Muhammad soared across the airspace in Balanchine’s “Diamonds” last season, the roar of the crowd nearly overwhelmed Tchai­kovsky’s lush score. His pristine technique and sheer stage charisma took the performance-starved audience by surprise.