Artist Profile: Carolyn Lippert, American Ballet Theatre

By Mary Hierholzer


As ballet students, we always admired Carolyn Lippert. Her sense of musicality and movement stood out in a sea of young bunheads, and her grace extended down to her fingertips. An aptitude for ballet is in Carolyn’s blood (her mother Carla Stallings-Lippert, our teacher, was a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre and a principal with Boston Ballet)...

Ballerina Takes Dance Ergonomics to Boston’s Culinary Scene

By Mary Hierholzer

“There is such alignment between the world of professional ballet and the professionalization of the restaurant industry,” says Rachel Cossar, a food writer and former dancer with Boston Ballet. “In the whole experience, from the minute the diner walks in to the second they leave, they’re coming into this world...

Artist Profile: Petra Conti & Eris Nezha | Principal Dancers                  

By Mary Hierholzer

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Petra Conti charged into her guest dressing room in Verona, Italy, to prepare for a rehearsal of Cinderella—only to find an Albanian male ballet dancer inside. She gasped, apologized and went somewhere else to prep.

Retiring Dancers Share Plans & Reflections | Installment III: Sarah Wroth

By Mary Hierholzer

If everyone had an attitude like Sarah Wroth, this world would be a much happier place. The Boston Ballet corps dancer of 14 years has not only graced the stage with strong and charismatic dancing, but has bestowed kind wisdom and candid reflections with her colleagues...

Retiring Dancers Share Plans & Reflections, Installment II: Rie Ichikawa | Soloist

By Mary Hierholzer

Rie Ichikawa will always have edge. Her creative take on ballet is evidenced in celebrated performances in ballets like Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura. The ballerina from Nagano, Japan, has enjoyed a strong career, never even needing a major surgery.

Retiring Dancers Share Plans & Reflections, Installment I: Erica Cornjeo | Principal Dancer

By Mary Hierholzer

Erica Cornejo’s tenure as a ballerina is marked by passion, entrepreneurship and bravery. The dancer from Mercedes San Luis, Argentina boasts an acclaimed career of international dancing, and in return, she will go on to share her experience...    

Gallery: The Dazzling Genius of Sleeping Beauty’s Costumes

By Mary Hierholzer

Rumor has it that when the Royal Ballet sold its 1970s Sleeping Beauty costumes to Boston Ballet in the early 1990s, the company attempted to buy them back shortly after the sale because London audiences missed them so much.                                           

Alvin Ailey: Dance on a “Spiritual and Cellular Level”

By Mary Hierholzer

Passion, expression and strength. Since its founding in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has emerged to global fame for its artistic interpretation of diversity, growing to exist as an organization that not only includes professional performances, but also offers arts education...

Artist Profile: Kevin Jenkins | Choreographer

By Mary Hierholzer

“Artist Profile” is a monthly feature highlighting a figure in the ballet world.

Choreographic influences: Jiří Kylián, Justin Peck, Crystal Pite, Cayetano Soto and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano (whose Carmen.maquia, Mr. Jenkins says, might be the best dance...

 

Artist Profile: Lia Cirio, Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet

By Mary Hierholzer

“Artist Profile” is a monthly feature highlighting a figure in the ballet world.

Intensity and artistry exudes from Lia Cirio when she takes the stage. A dancer with Boston Ballet since 2004, she draws the eye with her precision, strength and versatility...