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Susan Jaffe

Ballet Academy East Is Looking for a Few Talented Young Men

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 11.04.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Ballet was incredibly difficult but the more I managed to get right, the more hooked I was. Learning to use your body as an instrument of expression is one of the greatest experiences in the world. I won't lie: I went for the pretty girls. I stayed for the art.

Sarah Lane: All American Ballerina

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

We didn't really talk about that noisy controversy having to do with her role as Natalie Portman's dance double in the film, Black Swan. It's something that will probably follow her for the rest of her career but it isn't something that she thinks about. Lane is always looking ahead, never back.

ABT's Isabella Boylston: Defining Space and Being in the Moment

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston defines space around her by moving through it. As she moves, whether on stage or in rehearsal, everything seems to shift and realign itself around her.

Artistry vs. Technique: Cool Thoughts on a Hot Issue

Larissa Saveliev | Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts
Larissa Saveliev

Artistry is not dead -- nor is it dying. Yet contemporary life makes it more and more challenging. To make sure that artistry continues to reign supreme despite these challenges, we need to keep the dialogue alive among dance professionals.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Holiday Ballet Besides 'The Nutcracker'

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

With American ballet company directors and boards lamenting the low status of ballet in the minds of the general public, what would happen if our ballet companies offered more options during the holiday season? How did we get ourselves trapped in a can of Nuts?

Inside ABT With Susan Jaffe: Shaping the Next Generation

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 09.09.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Isabella Boylston and Sarah Lane are two young soloists at American Ballet Theatre who are working hard to buck the odds and become principal dancers. It's not easy and there are obstacles to overcome.

Review: Isabella Boylston in Swan Lake at ABT

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Isabella Boylston seems ready to make her move and take her place along the great American ballerinas if she continues to build on the great performance she delivered in last Wednesday's matinee.