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VIDEO: Emery LeCrone

Emery LeCrone, whose burgeoning dance company is a little over a year old, discusses starting a career as an independent choreographer– and how she feeds her creativity with diverse hobbies, relationships to her colleagues and a drive to always be getting better.

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…

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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.

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REVIEW: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Intensive Students Perform 360º Installation

Last night, students of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet summer 2011 Intensive Program,  performed in an interactive installation piece entitled 360º at Cedar Lake’s homebase in NYC. Drew Jacoby and I joined the audience, circling the action rather than in rows of neat seats. In the current performance trend of audience…

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REVIEW: Week Two Gotham Dance Festival

Tuesday night, Kate Weare Company took the Joyce stage in the continuation of Gotham Dance Festival. Weare showed two works: “Lean-to” a popular piece from 2009, and a world premiere of the mystical and lush “Garden,” Weare’s newest creation. After this, my first encounter with the company, I am smitten.

“Lean-to” is as on edge as it gets. The curtain rises to reveal a starkly white, sail-like structure by Kurt Perschke as a power trio (dancers Adrian Clark, Douglas Gillespie and the unforgettable Leslie Kraus) surely and slowly initiate an interaction which cannot be distinguished as battle or alliance.

Aspirations Mid Career

In my last blog I wrote about inspiration, but mentioned that there were three questions that I frequently am asked. I’ve answered about where I find inspiration, so this entry I’d like to delve into what I strive for now at this point in my career. And like last time, I’ll start with the most obvious.

I am always trying to perfect my technique. I don’t think this is unusual. In fact, I think it is the most boring answer a dancer can give when asked what they strive for. But nonetheless, it is absolutely true and a constant thought and force in my life.

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My Pools of Inspiration

Editor’s note: The following guest post is by New York City Ballet principal dancer Ashley Bouder (@ashleybouder). This is the first of a three-part series. At this point in my career, after ten years as a professional ballet dancer, I find myself being asked these three questions quite often: How…

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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.

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Ballet Black dancer Damien Johnson photos by The Ballet Bag

20 Questions with Damien Johnson

Editor’s note: A special thanks to The Ballet Bag (@theballetbag) for tracking down Damien Johnson and conducting DancePulp’s ongoing 20 question interview with him. In The Ballet Bag’s previous guest post, they discuss ballet’s crossover to other artforms, particularly pop music. Damien Johnson is a dancer with Ballet Black in…

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