2010 Issues


Listen up!
Elizabeth Burke has the tap world talking.

Black Swan: Behind the Scenes
Pennsylvania Ballet’s Holly Lynn Fusco reveals the ins and outs of working on a movie set.

How to nab a job as a tapper.

Belles of the Ballroom
What it takes to be a competitive ballroom dancer.

Troy Ogilvie
Meet this hip downtown dance dynamo.


And the Winner Is…
Lauren Froderman takes top honors on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 7.

Background Ballerinas
How to survive being “living scenery”

Directing New Directions
Zach Woodlee, Glee’s resident choreographer, on working with television’s most talented cast.

The Contemporary Conundrum
What exactly is contemporary dance, anyway?

Bad to the Bone
Jakob Karr heads down under with the Bad Boys.


Alexa Wins!
Catching up with the 2010 Cover Model Search winner.

Eat, Pray, Stretch
Pre-performance rituals.

Short Stature, Long Career
Ballet dancer and choreographer Avi Scher reveals how he became a top-notch performer despite his height.

Take a Bow
The tradition of dance’s gesture of gratitude.

The Truth About Turnout
Dance Spirit debunks six common turnout myths.


There’s Something About Lauren
New York City Ballet apprentice Lauren Lovette has prima potential.

The Apprentices
For aspiring New York City Ballet dancers, the key to landing a spot in the company is surviving a year as an apprentice.

Hefa Goes to Hollywood
Ballroom dancer Hefa Tuita has grabbed the spotlight as one of Hollywood’s cutting-edge commercial talents.

Judges Panel
Seven insiders sound off on what matters—and what doesn’t—at competition.

So You Think You Can Get Into College?
At top university dance programs it all comes down to audition day.

July / August

Broadway’s Baby
21-year-old Meredith Miles flies audiences to the moon eight times a week.

Broadway Bonanza
There’s a little bit of everything—and something for everyone—on Broadway. Here’s a breakdown of the 19 danciest shows on the Great White Way.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Meet the 2010 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search Finalists: Alexa Anderson, Emily James and Patricia Zhou

A High School Dance Diary
Student choreographer Amanda Winkler’s week at the National High School Dance Festival.

No Coach? No Problem.
Find out how to run an efficient student-only dance team practice.

May / June

The Commercial “It” Girls
Heather Morris, Lauren Gottlieb and Taja Riley are taking L.A. by storm.

Ballet Pantomime
The art of “acting out” onstage.

Hip-Hop Dudes and Divas
The ongoing debate about gender roles in the hip-hop dance community.

What’s The Most Outrageous Thing You’ve Ever Been Asked To Do At An Audition?
These pros have done it all—and survived! Read on for their best audition stories.

From Dancer to Director
How Anne Fletcher’s dance background led her to direct films like “Step Up” and “The Proposal”.


A Winning Streak
With 11 nationals titles under its belt, the Towson University Dance Team is feeling the pressure to take 12.

A New Era for Joffrey Ballet
The historic company takes off under new direction.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s the LXD!
Meet the dance world’s newest superheroes.

Inside the Vaganova Ballet Academy
Go behind the scenes at the school that gave Marius Petipa his white swans, trained Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Baryshnikov and continues to produce some of the finest dancers in the world.

It’s About Time
Mastering the time step.


It’s Russell!
Meet America’s favorite krumper and winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 6.

Ballet Competitions 101
Which one is right for you?

Flipping Out
Why tumbling is more popular than ever before.

Bejing Dance Academy
A peek at China’s hot spot.

Jessica Vetrano
Tapping her way to the top.


Next in Line
Vivian Nixon makes her own mark.

Showmance is in the Air
It’s easy to fall for your cute co-star, but is it safe to get involved when your relationship might end before the show does?

Who’s Hot in Modern Dance
The inside scoop on five companies making moves.

Second (or third) Time’s the Charm
How to work the return audition.

Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Mixing poise with power.


Super Freaks
The Beat Freaks gained national fame on MTV’s “Americas Best Dance Crew,” but this awesome all-girl crew isn’t done freaking the dream. PLUS: Meet the Beat Freaks!

Up Close and Personal
How to deal when choreography gets intimate.

Musicalty Matters
Musical ability is just as essential as physical ability! Here’s what you need to know to become a more musical dancer.

Your Guide to Getting In
Dos and Don’ts from summer study pros.

Going It Alone
What it like to compete without your studio.

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