Telling New Tales

November 1, 2012 by

Creating an original story ballet
Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet The Bright Stream was a highlight of American Ballet Theatre’s performance calendar in 2011. A welcome addition to the year’s full-length classics and mixed bills, it received rave reviews … Continue reading

Arantxa Ochoa Accepts a New Role

November 1, 2012 by

Pennsylvania Ballet School reopens with a glamorous faculty member.
One of Roy Kaiser’s most indelible memories of Arantxa Ochoa is as the Sugarplum Fairy in Balanchine’s Nutcracker. Making her first entrance, she is flanked by a … Continue reading

A Nutcracker with Extra Heart

November 1, 2012 by

When companies welcome disabled children into their holiday productions
In 1992, when the Joffrey held open auditions for children to be in its Nutcracker, a little boy named Leonard showed up in his wheelchair and asked if … Continue reading

Abby Lee Miller

October 1, 2012 by

Sorting the reality from the reality TV
“Girls, you’re wearing two-piece costumes. Either sit down and do a hundred sit-ups, or paint the abs on. One or the other. Let’s go,” barks Abby Lee Miller to … Continue reading

The New Modern

October 1, 2012 by

Eight dancers talk about how they teach contemporary dance—and why.

Whether you work in concert dance or in the commercial world, the question of the moment seems to be, “What is contemporary?” The answer is as … Continue reading

Ephrat Asherie

October 1, 2012 by

How I teach breaking
It’s not often that a b-girl breaks down a move using Graham technique vocabulary, or describes another position as being similar to a grand plié. But Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, who teaches at … Continue reading