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Classical Ballet

VIDEO: Yumiko Takeshima

You Put What Inside Your Pointe Shoes? Season 2: Episode 15 | 8:42 In our first video with Yumiko Takeshima she discussed her career path and her dancewear company. Now the Dresden Semperoper Ballett principal describes what she believes are her unique characteristics as a dancer and how they have…


VIDEO: Christian Spuck

I Don’t Want To Live In My Own Little World Season 2: Episode 14 | 11:20 Choreographer/Artistic Director Christian Spuck (Ballet Zurich) talks about his choreographic influences, shares frustrations with the ballet world, and describes what characteristics he prefers in the dancers with whom he works.


Video: Susan Jaffe

A Ballerina’s Career In a Nutshell Season 2: Episode 13 | 18:25 Former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Susan Jaffe recounts the story of her discovery by Mikhail Baryshnikov and how it launched her long, superstar career.


Ellen Bar

New York City Ballet Director of Media Projects (and former NYCB soloist) and dance advocate Ellen Bar speaks extensively on why dance, and the arts in general, are a necessary part of our lives.

Kathryn Bennetts

Royal Ballet of Flanders artistic director Kathryn Bennetts shares how she turned a career ending injury into an opportunity, her 13 years as ballet master at Ballet Frankfurt, and her role in building the company’s international reputation.

VIDEO: Sascha Radetsky

Dancing, Acting, and Introspection Season 2: Episode 5 | 22:30 American Ballet Theatre soloist and Center Stage star, Sascha Radetsky, talks about the importance of having a good coach, his experience with the movie Center Stage, and his interests outside of dance.


VIDEO: Lucia Lacarra

Dancing Is the Best Way to Be Myself Season 2: Episode 4 | 18:48 Bayerisches Staatsballett (Bavarian State Ballet) principal dancer, Lucia Lacarra, shares her experiences of changing companies several times, why she doesn’t bring her pointe shoes home, and where she gets her inspiration.


Raphael Coumes-Marquet

Dresden Semperoper Ballett principal Raphael Coumes-Marquet describes his early training at Paris Opera Ballet school, how adversity sometimes brings blessing, and the importance of having a fresh approach to work even after a long career.

Video: Maria Kowroski

The Evolution of an Artist Season 2: Episode 2 | 18:24 New York City Ballet principal ballerina Maria Kowroski speaks about the pros and cons of being tall, the advantages of having choreographers create on you, and shares thoughts on personal struggle and inspiration.