October 11, 2018, marks the centennial of the birth of Jerome Robbins, whose work has dominated the stages of both the Broadway and ballet. The choreographer behind West Side Story also left his mark on the dance world as choreographer for American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet; his ballets are still performed by every major ballet company in the world. His work on Broadway as a choreographer, director and producer is prolific, a legacy that changed musical theatre. Robbins was able to exist successfully in both worlds, a feat that many of today's young dancers are accomplishing as well.
In this series, Playbill speaks to dancers who are navigating both Broadway and ballet. Craig Salstein, who recently made his Broadway debut in the 2017 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, began his training at the Ballet Academy of Miami at the age of eight. He joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 2000 and was promoted to the main company in April 2002. "Part of the repertoire at the New York City Ballet is Jerome Robbins," Salstein says in the video above. "Because he made such a career at the New York City ballet as a choreographer, I felt so comfortable with Justin Peck because he is seeped in Jerome Robbins."