"Dancers can do everything these days," I announced to whoever was in earshot at the Jacob's Pillow Archives during a recent summer. I had just been dazzled by footage of a ballet dancer performing hip hop, remarkably well. But my very next thought was, What if that isn't always a good thing? What if what one can't do is the very thing that lends character?
Courtney D. Jones stands out for her unique movement approach.
dabfoto creative, Courtesy Jones and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Ching Ching Wong (in blue) maintains a recognizable movement signature.
Otto Kitsinger, Courtesy Lauren Edson