It's Cover Model Search Finalist Week!
It's been a crazy couple days in Dance Spirit Land (yes, that's a real place): It's Cover Model Search Finalist Week!
The three finalists in the 2012 competition flew to NYC earlier this week for three jam-packed days of dance action, including taking classes at Broadway Dance Center (ballet, street jazz and musical theater, and they killed it in each of them), posing (um, dancing, really, all day long) in front of the DS cameras at a photo shoot, seeing Memphis on Broadway (one of the best shows on the Great White Way right now — go see it!) and performing solos for the DS editors (they were awesome, and you'll get to see them all online soon).
Oh, and getting NYC-style pizza and Pinkberry. Naturally.
So we can't tell you yet who the finalists are — where's the fun in that? — but we can tell you that they're all so talented and you're going to meet them in the July/August issue.
Once you get the issue, you'll get to go online (right here at dancespirit.com/), watch each of the finalists' solo videos and then cast your very crucial vote for your favorite. The dancer who gets the most votes will end up on the October cover of Dance Spirit! Not a bad deal, right?
Plus, you can be a part of it all next year!
If you think you've got what it takes to be a Cover Model Search finalist — talent, a great personality and a big ol' love for dance — enter today! It's really easy. Promise.
At the end of each month — and yes, you can enter every single month! — there's an Editors' Choice and Viewers' Choice winner. From there, we narrow down our finalists at the end of the year.
So keep dancing and start sharing. We want to meet you and put you on the cover!
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
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Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance Theatre in Juneau, AK, it's rarely possible. “Living in Alaska, it's difficult to travel to auditions," she says. “It gets way too expensive!" Instead, each year, with help from her teachers and a videographer, she puts together a well-crafted video and submits it to schools around the country. Last year, her high-quality video helped her earn acceptance to nearly every program she applied for. Most summer intensive programs, eager to attract students from far and wide, will accept video auditions from those who can't travel to take class. But major schools look at hundreds of submissions each year, which means video auditioners have just a few minutes—or even seconds—to make a great impression. If you're about to create an audition video, follow these tips from the professionals to put your best digital foot forward.
There are zillions of things to think about when choosing a summer program, but here's one you might not have considered: using an intensive as an opportunity to focus on a new style. Maybe you're a tap dancer who's ready to see where else your rhythm and quick feet can serve you, or a contemporary dancer curious about the more traditional roots of your genre. A summer program can be the perfect place to broaden your horizons, giving you the opportunity to make technical and artistic changes that stick throughout the year.
Happy birthday, George Balanchine! The great choreographer and founder of New York City Ballet would have been 114 years old today. Balanchine revolutionized ballet, especially American ballet—and he also had quite a way with words. To celebrate Mr. B's birthday, we rounded up some of our favorite iconic Balanchine quotes.
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.