Wendy Whelan with Kyle Abraham

#JustDreaming About The Women Who Could Lead New York City Ballet

While it's appalling that any male leader would use his power to humiliate women, the accusations against Peter Martins opens up a wonderful, rosy possibility. In an email conversation about Martins stepping down temporarily, a friend of mine wrote, "They won't hire a man in this climate."

I suddenly found myself getting giddy with the thought that a woman might lead New York City Ballet. I pictured a former NYCB principal coming in and calming the dancers down, respecting them, inspiring them, treating them like adults, listening to them and encouraging communication between all factions of the company.


Who would be a prime candidate to lead this company of incredible dancers and vast repertoire? I think right away of Wendy Whelan, who has proven to be adventurous as an impresario (coming up with Restless Creature), has taught in many situations, and is known to be kind and decent in every situation. Her "Why I Dance" says it all.

Also top-notch is Lourdes Lopez, who has proven herself at Miami City Ballet. While presenting a Dance Magazine Award to visionary healer Marika Molnar on Monday, she gave an eloquent talk about handing down the wisdom of taking care of your body. Lourdes was included in our list of the "Most Influential People in Dance Today" in July.

Maybe I'm #justdreaming. But with the allegations getting more serious, this is a real possibility. Who would you like to see take over NYCB?

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4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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July 2021