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.
There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.