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Published: January 1, 2008
Category: profile

Carol Walker: Ambassador for Dance

By Rachel Straus

If she hadn’t fallen madly in love with dance in high school, Carol Walker says she might have followed a career in international relations. But as a performer, teacher, and choreographer for 27 years, and then a college dance dean with connections to companies and schools worldwide for the next 23, []

Published: January 1, 2007
Category: profile

25 to Watch: Peng-Yu Chen

By Rachel Straus

American friends refer to her as Pong. And at 5’2″ this Taiwanese-born dancer, who performs with American Repertory Ballet, has a nickname that matches her explosive talent. With a daredevil defiance of gravity and sinuous, snappy movements, Peng-Yu Chen is a young artist whose training in ballet, folk dance, and modern []

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 []