Justin Peck is everywhere. That's not hyperbole. In fact, I almost mean it literally.
Over the course of the past few months, he's debuted new ballets at New York City Ballet and Miami City Ballet; seen the opening of a documentary about his choreographic process, Ballet 422; announced that he'll be making his first piece for Paris Opéra Ballet next season, as well as two more works for NYCB's 2015–2016 season; and put together a critically acclaimed plan for total ballet world domination.
OK, the last bit isn't true—but in the context of the rest of that amazingness, you almost believed it, didn't you?
Peck (center) rehearsing NYCB's Craig Hall and Ashley Bouder (photo by Paul Kolnik)
Unsurprisingly, all that activity has generated a lot of press coverage, and CBS News is the latest outlet to get aboard the J. Peck train. They just released a great profile of the young choreographer, which includes wise Peckian words about the creative process (he hopes "to create this cohesive vision for what the ballet is going to be") and tons of pretty footage of Peck working with NYCB dancers—some of it straight from Ballet 422.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.