New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht is known for his high-flying jumps and charismatic stage presence. When he is not lighting up stages across the globe with his dancing prowess, he is also a much-sought-after guest teacher whose passion for the craft of ballet and rapport with students has earned him the respect of school directors, students, and fellow teaching professionals alike.
The ghost of George Balanchine indisputably hovers over New York City Ballet, and one day last fall it was more than usually present. The occasion was a taping session devoted to Balanchine’s La Source, undertaken by The George Balanchine Foundation for its Interpreters Archive.
Many aspects of Swan Lake contribute to its fame. Now, 128 years after Swan Lake captivated audiences, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Black Swan, may do the same.
My first experience with Jerry came as a 10-yearold. I was chosen to be Cupid in Mother Goose. My task was to lead Prince Charming to the fairy princess and shoot her in the heart with my magic arrow. I was onstage for all of 3 minutes, a seemingly unimportant child’s role that a ballet master could no doubt teach. Robbins taught it himself as he would later teach Fancy Free and Dances at a Gathering: so that I recognized the importance, filling me with images of my character’s motivation and a sense of my larger responsibility to the plot and success of the ballet. He reminded me of the dangers of twigs snapping under my clumsy foot or of rustled leaves waking the dormant princess. He instilled in me an importance of our work in the studio, his and mine, not my work for him, which is more how I would have seen it.
British dancemaker Christopher Wheeldon has been New York City Ballet’s first-ever resident choreographer for the last seven years—quite a coup for a guy who’s only 34.
Marina Eglevsky was born to ballet royalty. Her Russian father, André Eglevsky, had a classical style of supreme elegance and was regarded as the premier male dancer of his era.
American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Ethan Stiefel trained in Madison, WI, and at the Milwaukee School of Ballet, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the School of American Ballet in New York City. He danced with New York City Ballet and Zurich Ballet prior to joining ABT in 1997.