As Odette in Swan Lake (by Liz Ham)
With her razor-sharp lines, pristine technique and innate musicality, The Australian Ballet principal Amber Scott is any choreographer’s dream. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Scott started training at The Australian Ballet School at age 11. After graduating at the top of her class, she was asked to join TAB in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of principal in 2011. Scott has charmed audiences with her versatility, embodying characters from Hanna Glawari in Ronald Hynd’s comic ballet The Merry Widow to Juliet in Graeme Murphy’s Romeo and Juliet. Luckily, you can see Scott perform without paying for a plane ticket to the Land Down Under: She’s heading to NYC with TAB in June. The company will perform Murphy’s Swan Lake and a contemporary mixed bill with works by Wayne McGregor and Stephen Page at the David H. Koch Theater. —Gretchen Schmid
Take it from Winston Churchill: “These are great days.”
A teenage Scott, getting corrections from Gailene Stock (courtesy Amber Scott)
At the difficult points in your teenage years when growth spurts, braces, boys and ballet make you feel awkward, think of those words. The duckling phase will melt into the swan era before you know it. The dedication and focus that you’re learning now will be the most valuable tools you take into your career. These are days of possibility, when everything is ahead of you.
Let the books you read about famous dancers, great people and exciting destinations stir your imagination. You’ll be meeting some of these artists and traveling to exotic locations sooner than you think.
Your body is becoming the refined tool that will allow you to realize your dancing dreams. Be kind and patient with it. When it’s tired, rest. When it’s sore, stop and ask for help. Ballet is not a race. Focus on developing strength in an intelligent way. Quality is always better than quantity.
Treasure the love of your family. They are your backbone and will always be a source of resilience.
Above all, be brave, girl! You have the inner grit to make it as a ballerina. Enjoy the journey. And every once in a while, take out that ballet bun, get out of your pointe shoes and enjoy fun times with your friends!
It's time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we're hosting a contest to find out who's the best turner of them all.
Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. And if our editors think you're the top turner, you'll win a fabulous prize.
All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.
From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
J.Crew's putting a whole new spin on its brand —literally. The popular clothing line's inspired ad campaign has a group of cute male models showing off their best moves in a series of playful dance battles. When we saw one of those models throw down the gauntlet with a rather impressive series of chaîné turns, we knew he had to be a trained dancer, and we were right: He's former New York City Ballet corps member Joshua Thew. Dancer and model Smith Reesie also shows off in a seriously impressive freestyle.
It's fall! The leaves are changing, everything everywhere is pumpkin-spice flavored—and "Dancing with the Stars" is back on the air. For the 25th time. Season TWENTY-FIVE, y'all: Here we go.
Koine. Kiki. Lex. Taylor. Welcome to the fight to the finale!
On last night's show—the last one before the last one—the Top 4 performed roughly one million times, including an opening number, a group routine, a solo, an All Star duet (a favorite from earlier in the season), and a routine paired with a fellow contestant. And best of all: No one went home! (Yet.) Here's a rundown of all the good stuff.
Fourteen-year-old Kennadi Boese is a teenage dance superhero. For one thing, she's successfully living a double life. One day, she's studying dance and going to school in Colorado like a normal teenager; the next, she's booking major L.A. gigs like the Kids' Choice Sports Awards. It's not just Kennadi's schedule that's super-powered: Her turns are effortless and endless, and she's crazy-versatile (flamenco, anyone?).