Ethereal and delicate, with immaculate technique, Julie Kent is the epitome of a prima ballerina. Originally from Bethesda, MD, she began her training with Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of Maryland Youth Ballet. As a young teen she attend the American Ballet Theatre II Summer session and the School of American Ballet’s summer program. She was asked to join American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice at just 16. In 1986 she became a member of the corps de ballet, and that same year was the only American to win a medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition. During her 24 years at ABT, Kent, now a principal, has become an audience favorite, excelling in nearly every famous ballerina role—Giselle, Juliet and Odette/Odile among them. She’s also appeared onscreen, starring opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in the 1987 film Dancers and with fellow ABT principal Ethan Stiefel in the much-loved Center Stage in 2000. Kent, who is married to ABT associate artistic director Victor Barbee, has been missed in the theater recently: she and Barbee welcomed their second child in June. But don’t worry—she’s expected to return for the 2009–2010 season. —Michael Anne Bailey
Many years have gone by since those days you spent wondering where your path would lead you. It has been an exciting journey, filled with many special moments, people and experiences.
Remember that confidence comes from within. It’s not given to you by words of praise or compliments; it’s a trust in yourself, a belief that you know what you are doing and are capable of doing it. If you don’t feel it naturally, you must work on it, just as you would work on any technical skill. You will need it and rely on it throughout your career.
Perspective is also essential, and you should strive to understand both the big picture and the details in everything, onstage and off. It’s important to appreciate yourself in an honest way. Accept your physical appearance, your abilities, and the strengths and weaknesses in your character. Having a clear sense of yourself as a person and a dancer will help you develop a more honest understanding of all aspects of life.
Lastly, I would remind you to learn from a variety of sources—from other dancers, teachers, coaches, parents, friends and loved ones. You will make mistakes, but if you surround yourself with the right people, you will learn even more from them than from your accomplishments.
I’m proud of what you have achieved, but mostly grateful to all those who have helped you. You’re luckier than you realize!
Sending my love,
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.