“It’s like, the world’s ending,” Heather Lang, a cast member of “Jagged Little Pill,” said. “Here you go, here’s your chance.”
The pandemic has afforded dancers, including Lang, who had her second child during the shutdown, something rare: time — to be away from performing and then to get back into dancing shape. “I don’t have to sacrifice another year of contemplating, should I stop now?” said Erica Pereira, a soloist at City Ballet who is currently pregnant. “Should I have the baby? It’s like a blessing in disguise.”
The roster of new and expecting mothers bears this out: In recent weeks, Ingrid Silva of Dance Theater of Harlem; Teresa Reichlen of City Ballet; and Stephanie Williams and Zhong-Jing Fang of American Ballet Theater have had babies. Ballet Theater’s Lauren Post, who has a young daughter, is pregnant with a boy.
Justin Peck, the resident choreographer and artistic adviser of City Ballet, and his wife, the dancer Patricia Delgado, welcomed a daughter on March 29. (And the phenomenon extends beyond New York; the Royal Ballet in London has also seen a baby boom.)
In addition to Lang, several Broadway dancers have had children in recent months: Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (“The Cher Show”), Khori Petinaud (“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”) and Lauren Yalango-Grant, who, at 34 weeks pregnant, was part of the cast of the coming film “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the movie features choreography by the forward-thinking Ryan Heffington.