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Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov Are Joining San Francisco Ballet

Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov Are Joining San Francisco Ballet

Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov Are Joining San Francisco Ballet San Francisco Ballet just announced some major news: longtime Boston Ballet star Misa Kuranaga will be joining the company as a principal dancer for the 2019-20 season, while Dutch National Ballet principal Sasha Mukhamedov will join as a soloist. They join a slew of newly promoted SFB principals and soloists, announced earlier this year. None Kuranaga’s appointment marks a full-circle moment. Originally from Japan, she ... Read More »

Akram Khan Tackles Kung Fu for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise

Akram Khan Tackles Kung Fu for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise

Akram Khan Tackles Kung Fu for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise Akram Khan loves to dive into genres he is unfamiliar with. While his own movement vocabulary is a hybrid of kathak and contemporary dance, he has choreographed a new Giselle for English National Ballet, collaborated with flamenco artist Israel Galván and made a dance theater duet with film star Juliette Binoche. Now, in between touring Xenos, his final full-length solo, and several other projects, he’s ... Read More »

Bruised Toenails? Try These Podiatrist-Approved Tips

Bruised Toenails? Try These Podiatrist-Approved Tips

Bruised Toenails? Try These Podiatrist-Approved Tips I’m a Broadway dancer with a long second toe and the nail is always bruised. I had thought switching from pointe work to dancing in character shoes was the answer—I felt great for several years until recently. What’s the problem? —Ouch!, Hoboken, NJ Your shoes may no longer be the right size for you. According to New York City Ballet podiatric consultant Dr. Thomas Novella, you need to check ... Read More »

What Does It Take to Choreograph a Submission to the Olympic Opening Ceremony?

What Does It Take to Choreograph a Submission to the Olympic Opening Ceremony?

What Does It Take to Choreograph a Submission to the Olympic Opening Ceremony? The massive scale of choreographing an Olympic opening ceremony really has no equivalent. The hundreds of performers, the deeply historic rituals and the worldwide audience and significance make it a project like no other. Just consider the timeline: For most live TV events like award shows, choreographers usually take a month or two to put everything together. For the Olympics, the process ... Read More »

Why We Can't Take Our Eyes Off of Taylor Stanley

Why We Can't Take Our Eyes Off of Taylor Stanley

Why We Can't Take Our Eyes Off of Taylor Stanley In a studio high above Lincoln Center, Taylor Stanley is rehearsing a solo from Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer. As the pianist plays Prokofiev’s plangent melody, Stanley begins to move, his arms forming crisp, clean lines while his upper body twists and melts from one position to the next. All you see is intention and arrival, without a residue of superfluous movement. The ballet seems ... Read More »

Love It or Hate It, Our Editors Discuss All Things Jane Eyre

Love It or Hate It, Our Editors Discuss All Things Jane Eyre

Love It or Hate It, Our Editors Discuss All Things Jane Eyre Story ballets that debut during American Ballet Theatre’s spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House are always the subject of much curiosity—and, sometimes, much debate. Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre was no different. The ballet follows the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brönte’s novel as she grows from a willful orphan to a self-possessed governess, charting her romance with the haughty Mr. Rochester and the ... Read More »

Meet the Ballroom Star Who Started Dancing At 40, Had A Hip Replacement—And Still Won Two U.S. Championships

Meet the Ballroom Star Who Started Dancing At 40, Had A Hip Replacement—And Still Won Two U.S. Championships

Meet the Ballroom Star Who Started Dancing At 40, Had A Hip Replacement—And Still Won Two U.S. Championships In dance, we sometimes hear of a late bloomer who defies the odds. Or of dancers who overcome incredible injuries to return to the stage. But both? That’s not a story we hear often. That is, however, Darla Davies’ story, one that she tells in her recent book Who Said I’d Never Dance Again? A Journey from ... Read More »

This Mediator—And Former Forsythe Dancer—Uses Dance to Address Conflict

This Mediator—And Former Forsythe Dancer—Uses Dance to Address Conflict

This Mediator—And Former Forsythe Dancer—Uses Dance to Address Conflict Can choreography solve social conflict? Dana Caspersen thinks it might. A veteran dancer with Ballett Frankfurt—which was run by her husband, William Forsythe—Caspersen now uses movement to help people around the world navigate disputes. She promotes conflict resolution through teaching, writing and coaching, and develops choreographic methods that let groups address differences in nonverbal ways. Many of her projects center on participatory “action dialogues,” which allow ... Read More »

Festival Fever: 33 Performances On Our Radar This Summer

Festival Fever: 33 Performances On Our Radar This Summer

Festival Fever: 33 Performances On Our Radar This Summer As far as we’re concerned, it’s not really summer until our favorite dance festivals kick things off. This year’s season is as packed and promising as ever, with seemingly everyone who is anyone converging on at least one big festival between now and August. Here are the artists, premieres and collaborations we can’t wait to see. American Dance Festival DURHAM, NC ADF’s busy five-week season has ... Read More »

Why Is There Still a 
Stigma Surrounding
 Boys Who Dance?

Why Is There Still a Stigma Surrounding Boys Who Dance?

Why Is There Still a Stigma Surrounding Boys Who Dance? What is it about men in tights that makes people react so irrationally? Especially here in the U.S., men are ridiculed and demeaned for choosing to dance, particularly in ballet. Boys are bullied, called f****t and labeled as “homo,” hostile charges that impale the soul. I remember quite clearly classmates and even my own family members calling me a sissy for studying ballet back in ... Read More »

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