Tag: yuriko kajiya

My Perfect Shoes

Six ballerinas discuss why they love their pointe shoes. Kajiya in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker (Photo by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy Houston Ballet) Yuriko Kajiya, Principal, Houston Ballet Foot type: Wide and flat, with long toes Shoe: Capezio Tiffany Customizations: “I like my heels and sides to be lower than those of the stock shoes. One of […]

These Dreamy Photos Make Dancers Look (Even More) Superhuman

I love photographs that capture not only beautiful dance positions, but also the feeling of dance—that crazy kinetic kick you get watching somebody move. Photographer and former contemporary ballet dancer Jesús Chapa-Malacara has figured out a cool lighting technique that allows his images to do that perfectly. They’re artfully blurred, conveying a sense of movement—but […]

The Dirt: Yuriko Kajiya

American Ballet Theatre soloist Yuriko Kajiya has crystal-clear technique that dazzles audiences—including the “So You Think You Can Dance” crowd, which gave her a huge ovation after she performed the Don Quixote pas de deux on the show during Season 7. This month, Kajiya will put that technique to good use as one of the […]