Congrats to the 2017 Princess Grace Award Winners!
This year's Princess Grace Award winners were announced yesterday—and they include some very familiar faces.
The Princess Grace crowd is an incredibly distinguished bunch. Past winners in the dance category include Skylar Brandt, Beckanne Sisk, Isabella Boylston, Sarah Lane, Drew Jacoby, Tiler Peck, Cindy Salgado, David Hallberg, Michelle Dorrance, and Gillian Murphy—to name just a few. Here are the dancers and choreographers joining their ranks this year:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Andrew Eccles, courtesy AAADT
We talked with the ferociously talented Harris soon after she joined AAADT.
Juilliard School of Dance
Look for Mikaela (and her gorgeous feet) in our September issue!
New York City Ballet
As if you needed an excuse to revisit our September 2016 cover story on the exceptionally elegant NYCB corps member.
Gian Carlo Perez
The Washington Ballet
For work made for Charlotte Ballet
For work made for The Washington Ballet
Bond, who's also an American Ballet Theatre corps member, discussed her choreographic inspirations in our February 2017 issue.
Raja Feather Kelly
For work made for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
The fabulous tapper won her first Princess Grace Award back in 1994. (The Statue Awards honor previous winners who've continued to do exceptional work.) Read her inspiring "Letter to My Teenage Self."
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The piercingly intelligent choreographer's trailblazing company, Gallim Dance, starred on our February 2017 cover.
There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.