Where AREN'T Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild?

It's time for yet another installment of Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild Are Awesome! And this round involves the great Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Recently, Paul Taylor announced that PTDC—which until now has performed exclusively Taylor-made (see what we did there?) works—will be transitioning to a repertory model. What does that mean? It means that in addition to performing Taylor's dances, the company will bring back older, non-Taylor masterpieces, as well as works by contemporary choreographers. Basically, the PTDC doors will be open to an even wider range of talented artists.

And here's the good news for those of us who love both ballet and Taylor: That new open-door policy starts next month, when brilliant New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild will perform parts of Taylor's Airs at the PTDC NYC gala.

Here's the dynamic duo in Christopher Wheeldon’s "A Place for Us" (photo by Paul Kolnik).

Normally we feel a little weird about ballet dancers tackling Taylor. Though plenty of ballet companies dance Taylor works, ballet peeps tend to look dainty doing his choreography. But seeing as Peck and Fairchild can dance pretty much anything, this performance promises to be fun for dance fans of all stripes.

Catch the Taylor gala at NYC's Koch Theater on March 13—it's part of the PTDC Lincoln Center season that runs March 11-30.

Latest Posts


Viktorina Kapitonova in "Swan Lake Bath Ballet" (photo by Ryan Capstick, courtesy Corey Baker Dance)

Please Enjoy the Quarantine Genius of “Swan Lake Bath Ballet”

That old saying about limitations breeding creativity—hat tip to Orson Welles—has never felt more relevant than in these lockdown days. Here's the latest brilliant dance project born (hatched?) of quarantine restrictions: "Swan Lake Bath Ballet," a contemporary take on the classic featuring 27 A-list ballet dancers performing from their own bathtubs.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search