A Look at “city.ballet.” Episode 5

The principal level is the rank every dancer aspires to. But what really goes on once they get there? This episode gave us an inside look at the leaders of the pack at New York City Ballet.

FUN FACT: Ballerinas may make their job look painless, but that’s not the case. To keep her body in tip-top shape, principal Ashley Bouder takes B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, magnesium (for muscle tightness and fatigue), Clozapine (for arthritis in her back) and Advil (to reduce inflammation) every day.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It’s not about how high your leg is, how high you can jump, how many turns you did. As an artist, it’s not about that. I feel like, if you’re in this profession, you should be in it for the artistry. That’s what matters to the audience. That’s what they relate to. That’s what they come back for.” —Sara Mearns, principal

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