Congratulations to New York City Ballet's Rebecca Krohn and Ana Sophia Scheller, who were both promoted to principal over the weekend!
I have to admit I was a little surprised at the news—I thought we might see some promotions at American Ballet Theatre first, since its principal roster has dwindled significantly over the past year. But Krohn and Scheller are strong technicians and lovely artists, and they've been dancing in everything recently. (Scheller even had a dramatic debut in Christopher Wheeldon's Les Carillons last week, stepping in mid-performance for an injured Sara Mearns.) Well-deserved!
Here's hoping that there are about to be some new soloists at NYCB, too—namely Taylor Stanley and Lauren Lovette. We've known from the beginning (aka our September 2010 cover) that these two were going to be stars, and they've both been dancing prime roles since joining the corps de ballet last year. Fingers crossed...
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet 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!
When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?
The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.