For Boston Ballet principal Misa Kuranaga, reaching the top is just the start.
and was already eager to get in a rehearsal. At the following night’s last-minute
gala engagement she would dance Don Quixote and Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas
de Deux. But at that point, she still hadn’t met her partner.
“He has a great reputation,” Kuranaga says of New York City Ballet principal
Joaquin De Luz, “so I thought, Okay, let’s do this. I wouldn’t take such a crazy
risk if I didn’t know his name.”
Gone are the days of comfortable career partnerships in ballet, of one-track
dancers, of ballerinas who rely on a company to build their fan base. Kuranaga,
whose killer work ethic and lyrical lines have long made her a fan favorite, has
Misa Kuranaga had just arrived in Taipei,