How This Paul Taylor Dancer Knew It Was Time To Retire

For 17 years, James Samson has been the model Paul Taylor dancer. There is something fundamentally decent about his stage persona. He’s a tall dancer—six feet—but never imposes himself. He’s muscular, but gentle. And when he moves, it is his humanity that shines through, even more than his technique. But all dancing careers come to […]

Paul Taylor Has Chosen His Successor

It’s been a long time coming. Paul Taylor, who at 87 is still actively making dances, has named the person who will succeed him at the head of the various organizations that bear his name: Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Novak. The announcement has come with no small amount of surprise, as longtime PTDC […]

The Barefoot Ballerina Crashing Paul Taylor's Lincoln Center Season

One of New York City Ballet’s most adventurous ballerinas will be a special guest of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance for its annual season at the Koch Theater. Sara Mearns is performing solos created by early modern dance icon Isadora Duncan as staged by Lori Belilove. Also on the menu: Paul Taylor Dance Company members […]

Why Paul Taylor Treasures Dancer Laura Halzack

When Paul Taylor created Beloved Renegade on Laura Halzack in 2008, he gave unequivocal instructions. She was the figure, sometimes referred to as the angel of death, who circles dancer Michael Trusnovec in a compassionate, yet emphatic way. “He choreographed every single step for me,” she says. “He showed it to me—do this développé, reach […]

This New Dance Photography Book Offers Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

In her many years of shooting top dancers and choreographers, photographer Rose Eichenbaum has not only captured their movement, but collected their stories and the guidance they have to offer other artists. Now, Eichenbaum is releasing a coffee table book, Inside the Dancer’s Art, filled with these artists’ words of wisdom alongside their portraits. Here […]

Recover Like a Pro: Parisa Khobdeh's Post-Show Routine

The minutes after curtain comes down can be the trickiest of a dancer’s day: Despite your adrenaline high and the impulse to celebrate the night’s achievements, you need to jumpstart your body’s recovery so that you can take the stage again the very next day. Smart dancers like Parisa Khobdeh follow a carefully calibrated routine […]

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