Lucia Lacarra, 33, is a principal dancer for Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, Germany. Originally from San Sebastián, Spain, she studied and performed with Victor Ullate in Madrid and then danced as a principal for Roland Petit’s Ballets de Marseille and San Francisco Ballet. The Spanish ballerina challenged herself to pursue classicalism throughout her career and has been praised for her natural fluidity and delicate aura, along with her endless extension, intricate footwork and brilliant musicality.
Lucia has received honors including the Prix Nijinsky (2002), the Prix Benois (2003) and the Spanish Premio Nacional de Danza (2005). And in 2007, the Spanish government hailed Lucia’s artistry by making her an honorary citizen and cultural messenger of her hometown! —Kathleen Glynn
I know you’re in a difficult moment right now. You’re 18, and you’ve been dancing professionally for three years already. Dancing is everything you ever wanted in life—so how come you feel so unhappy all of a sudden?
Look deep inside to find the answer to that question. You’ll realize that you’re just in need of a change. Discover new things and in doing so, you’ll discover yourself. There are many different companies, styles and choreographers in the world, and you’re simply scared of missing something important if you stay too long in the same place.
You’re ready to take a step forward. Don’t feel bad about leaving your first company. The people there may not like it in the beginning, but trust me—soon they’ll realize you just needed to follow your own path. You’ll learn a lot from taking this leap. It will make you stronger and more confident in the quality of your work. Slowly, you will learn, progress and grow as an artist.
Trust your instincts. They won’t ever let you down. And fight for the chance to be happy doing what you love—dancing.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽