Advice From Chaz Buzan & Ryan Ramirez
I've gushed pretty significantly at this point about the January issue of DS. But stick with me, OK? It's a good one and there's so much more to Mia, Chaz and Ryan's stories than what you get in print.
For example: Here are two of my favorite soundbites from my interviews with Mia Michaels' go-to assistants (who appear with her on the cover), Chaz Buzan and Ryan Ramirez.
I asked: What's your best advice for Dance Spirit readers? Here's what they said...
“If you want something, it can happen, and it will most likely happen if you’re comfortable with yourself. You can be inspired by people, but don’t try to dance like them. What stands out is someone who’s comfortable being different.” —Ryan Ramirez
“Have individuality and your own voice in your movement, especially when you improv. Someone like Mia can see when you’re closed off. So be ready. Just be ready.” —Chaz Buzan
It's all about being unique, it seems. So go find a signature move, a cool accessory or a groovy mindset and make it your own. No cloning here!
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.