A Dance Down Memory Lane
On an episode of "All the Right Moves"
When I was 16, I decided to get pretty specific about my life goals. "I'm going to be the editor in chief of Dance Spirit," I declared with conviction. So I made a plan—go to college, major in journalism, be on the dance team, move to NYC, get a job at DS, be wicked happy—and stuck to it.
Now here I am, seven years after moving to NYC, and I can proudly say that my big dream came true. I started at Dance Spirit as an editorial intern, got hired full-time as a web editor and, two years ago, was named editor in chief.
But once your dreams come true and you get to revel in them for a while, it's time to come up with new ones, right?
Today is my last day at Dance Spirit [tear!]. Without writing a long and super-sappy "last post," I'll just leave you with a few of my favorite memories...
Chaz, Mia and Ryan, on such a special day for all of us
2. Getting a mid-show wink from Ryan Steele. He was on as Rudolpho in Matilda on Broadway that night. I Tweeted him during intermission, and when he came back onstage for the second act, Ryan looked right at me in the audience, smiled and winked. My cheeks were red for about a month after that.
3. Seeing In the Heights four times—and getting to go onstage after the show! Thank you, Luis Salgado. (Catch him on Broadway now in Rocky!)
Can we petition to bring this show back to Broadway, pleeeeease?
4. The May/June 2014 cover shoot in L.A. with Mark Kanemura and Jeremy Hudson. Mark was so serious and Jeremy was so goofy, and their mutual admiration and adoration was downright adorable.
Mark and Jeremy showing their Dance Spirit!
5. Putting rising ballerina Juliet Doherty on the cover of the March 2014 issue. She’s a star. (Youth America Grand Prix agrees: Juliet won senior gold at the competition last week!)
That's Rachel Parkinson, bottom left, performing at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals with her studio, The Dance Club. I love her sassy little face in this photo so much that I cut it out and taped it to my computer monitor as a constant reminder to be as feisty as possible (er, when appropriate, at least).
7. The many magical moments at New York City Ballet. The company’s productions of Stars and Stripes and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker changed my life...and all of my playlists.
8. Attending New York City Dance Alliance and The Dance Awards Nationals every summer.
All dressed up at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2012
The talent there never ceased to blow my mind. Sarah Pippin’s “Black Hawk Waltz” solo in 2012 remains my all-time favorite performance.
Sarah Pippin's "Black Hawk Waltz" at The Dance Awards
9. tWitch and Allison. Their photo shoot, their cute cover story. Everything about them.
Hanging out with "The Boss Tribe" after a "So You Think You Can Dance" finale taping in L.A.
10. The only time I ever got starstruck at this job: when I literally rubbed elbows with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the Koch Theater lobby.
Thank you, DS, for the memories. It's been a total blast.
A super-fun cover shoot with the itty bitty Sophia Lucia
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
For 14-year-old Averi Hodgson, focusing on her ballet training while growing up was never easy: She's suffered from epilepsy since she was in first grade, and later, she was also diagnosed with scoliosis. Here, she tells her story of perseverance—and how her determination earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet's 2017 summer intensive.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.