Magazine article Pointe

Ask the Stars: Stanton Welch

Magazine article Pointe

Ask the Stars: Stanton Welch

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answers your questions

What do you need from the dancers you work with?

Most of all, I need commitment from dancers. I need them to be able to maintain focus through the entire length of the rehearsal period.

Do you ever allow dancers to change your choreography.

I will always allow dancers to have influence on a piece; sometimes it's an arm or turn or which line is better for them. But the choice needs to remain the choreographer's or that of his or her assistant. Dancers are too hard on themselves to be allowed to pick what looks good on them.

How did you get your first opportunity to choreograph?

I asked a local ballet school if I could choreogaph on [its students] and show it to my director, which I did. She asked me to create a work on the main company's school; then a small piece for the company's gala all led up to my first real ballet.

What inspires you to come up with a theme or idea for a new ballet? …

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