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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.

Megan Fairchild and Chase Finlay in George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant" | Photo Paul Kolnik Megan Fairchild and Chase Finlay in George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant" | Photo Paul Kolnik

REVIEW: New York City Ballet’s “Black and White”

In many Balanchine works, the first strains of a Stravinsky score serve as musical nitroglycerin: poised in stable tension, dancers suddenly explode into movement well matched to the music’s complexity and precision. Such was the case Saturday afternoon in New York City Ballet’s “Black and White” program, which continues the…


New York City Ballet, "Polyphonia" / Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon / Photo: © Paul Kolnik New York City Ballet / photo © Paul Kolnik

REVIEW: Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, Program 5

The last curtain of the 2011 Fall For Dance Festival opened on four live musicians and a three platform stage suggesting only one thing: tap. Leading Zoe Ellliot and Kyle Wilder in an upbeat, non-stop sound fest, Maurice Chestnut showcases his exuberance for the form. Immediately it is evident that Chestnut’s tapping is not meant to be secondary, but rather fully integrated into the band as another musician. It is so successful in this instance that I wonder why every band is not considering hiring a tapper to stand beside the drummer. The mood of “Floating” is very much like a casual jam session amongst good friends…

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.

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…


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.


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Ballet Meets Pop

Editor’s note: The following guest post is by The Ballet Bag (@theballetbag), an online resource for the best of ballet around the web. In their previous guest post, they gave us their take on dance and social media. One of our favorite topics is ballet’s potential for crossover with other…


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“Social Dancing”

Editor’s note: DancePulp welcomes The Ballet Bag! Here is Emilia and Linda’s first guest post. More guest posts from The Ballet Bag and others to come. A few months ago ballet and Twitter appeared together in the same front page article in the New York Times. Entitled ‘Ballet Stars Now Tweet…