Misty Copeland, Xin Ying Dance for the Pages of Harper’s BAZAAR

Joanna Elizabeth

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Published July 27, 2021

Ballet dancer Stella Abrera wears Bottega Veneta look.
Ballet dancer Stella Abrera wears Bottega Veneta look. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost

Harper’s BAZAAR features dancers who have recently returned to the stage after performing on Zoom and online for a story called: Leaps & Bounds. Styled by Editor-in-Chief Samira Nasr, performers show off dreamy dresses and gowns in studio images. Photographer Amy Troost captures a cast including American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland and Martha Graham’s Xin Ying.

Related: Ballerina Misty Copeland Dances in Style for Cosmopolitan

The talent also boasts of Stella Abera, Lloyd Knight, Courtney Celeste Spears, Melissa Verdecia, Calvin Royal III, Tiler Peck, and Tatiana Desardouin. The designs of Valentino, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana, amongst others, stand out. An interview by Siobhan Burke reveals the performers’ thoughts on coming back to the stage.

Leaps & Bounds for Harper’s BAZAAR

Lloyd Knight and Xin Ying of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Lloyd Knight and Xin Ying of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost

Xin Ying on Performing for Audiences Online

“We’re so used to getting feedback from the live audience. We like that interaction, we like that attention. And suddenly none of it. I think even if you are a great dancer, you were starting to doubt yourself, like how much longer can I keep this up? For me, that was the greatest challenge.”

Misty Copeland poses in Dolce & Gabbana embellished bodysuit.
Misty Copeland poses in Dolce & Gabbana embellished bodysuit. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost
Courtney Celeste Spears of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shows her moves in red Dior dress.
Courtney Celeste Spears of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shows her moves in red Dior dress. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost
Melissa Verdecia poses in Valentino dress.
Melissa Verdecia poses in Valentino dress. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost
Calvin Royal III and Misty Copeland pose in black and white image.
Calvin Royal III and Misty Copeland pose in black and white image. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost

Misty Copeland on Race Discussions During the Pandemic

“I’ve been having these conversations, at the forefront of speaking about racism and the lack of diversity in ballet. And this is the first time in 20 years that I’ve seen this type of focus and response to it. People really want to make changes within the system in a way I’ve never witnessed before.”

Tatiana Desardouin suits up in Ami Paris blazer and trousers.
Tatiana Desardouin suits up in Ami Paris blazer and trousers. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost
Tiler Peck of the New York City Ballet poses in Valentino gown.
Tiler Peck of the New York City Ballet poses in Valentino gown. Photo: Harper’s BAZAAR / Amy Troost

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