The Actually-Good News You Might Have Missed in the Last Month

With the circumstances created by the pandemic changing from day to day, looking to the future right now can feel particularly fraught, if not downright farcical. But in the face of so much uncertainty, pausing to celebrate the good news when it comes is as important as it’s ever been. Here are the latest promotions […]

Susan Jaffe Named Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's New Artistic Director

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announced today that former American Ballet Theatre principal Susan Jaffe will succeed Terrence Orr as artistic director of the company, effective July 1. Jaffe becomes PBT’s seventh artistic director and only the second female director in the company’s history. Dubbed “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina” by The New York Times, Jaffe comes to […]

6 Things Dance Majors Should Do As They Prepare to Graduate

As graduation day looms, college seniors might find themselves reeling with both excitement and dread. “They have to navigate this tender moment where they’re opening their wings and about to jump out of the dance department and wondering if the ground is going to catch them,” says Courtney Harris, interim chair of the dance and […]

Should Aspiring Ballet Dancers "Run in the Other Direction"?

Update: Additional perspectives have been added to this story as more responses have come in. When news about the lawsuit against New York City Ballet and Chase Finlay emerged last week, plaintiff Alexandra Waterbury, a former School of American Ballet student, told The New York Times: “Every time I see a little girl in a […]

Why Do Some of the Most Talented Dancers Never "Make It"?

Since its founding in 1999, more than 80,000 ballet dancers have participated in Youth America Grand Prix events. While more than 450 alumni are currently dancing in companies across the world, the vast majority—tens of thousands—never turn that professional corner. And these are just the statistics from one competition. “You may have the best teacher […]

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