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Published: September 1, 2006
Category: career talk

Career Transitions: Jason Hadley costume maker

By Rachel Straus Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dance stopped performing at age 31. “I toured with Trockadero for 7 years. We did 140-160 shows a year. I was tired! When I first joined the Trocks I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t stay there forever. I also knew what I wanted to do []

Published: March 1, 2006
Category: career talk

Starting out: Dance program grads make the leap to professional life

By Rachel Straus Some call it tunnel vision. Others speak of good timing. Many describe it as a matter of hedging one’s bets. Bellamy F. Eure’s journey from student at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts to professional dancer with Philadanco involved all of the above. Raised in a business minded family, Eure began weighing her []

Published: January 7, 2006
Category: career talk

The new gypsies: ballet dancers who call their own shots and carry their own bags

By Rachel Straus

“And you Gypsies who speak the language of horses and make a quest of roaming the world, you will live in the open, wandering by chance, sleeping in trees or besides the rivers, watching reflected stars.” — From a Portuguese fable translated by Sophia Healy

Traveling by foot, train, and bus, Bonnie Pickard distinguishes []

Published: March 1, 2005
Category: career talk

Passing the Torch: Coaching in the New York International Ballet Competition

Inside three New York City studios, 48 young ballet dancers work intensely, absorbing three vastly different pieces of choreography. Every second counts as all eyes focus on a coach. This figure—singing out counts, correcting, demonstrating, and encouraging with exclamations like “Breathe. Extend. Good!”—is giving each dancer an invaluable opportunity: A chance to shine at the []