July/August 2016 Table of Contents
Hamilton Makes History
One year into its Great White Way run, Hamilton continues to revolutionize Broadway—and how Broadway moves.
Photography by Erin Baiano. Hair and makeup by Chuck Jensen for Mark Edward Inc.
The Role That Got Away
Five Broadway performers share their not-so-successful audition stories.
How three dancers are making it in the Big Apple.
Presenting Dance Spirit's Annual Jazz Hand Awards
We honor the latest, greatest and danciest shows currently gracing the Great White Way.
Stilettos, Sweat and Tears (of Laughter)
A night of fabulousness with Yanis Marshall and Danielle Polanco.
Meet the 2016 Cover Model Search Finalists
Introducing Kerrynton Jones, Tatiana Melendez and Briar Nolet.
Up Front: Buzz
New York City Ballet's summer venue turns 50; Netflix's new dance-y show, "The Get Down."
Up Front: The Dirt
Fierce Shuffle Along tapper Karissa Royster.
Letter to My Teenage Self
Former Pacific Northwest Ballet star Carla Körbes.
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.
Jordan Giles talks us through her weekend at DC Tap Fest.
How to fix self-tanning disasters; makeup-brush maintenance.
All about abs.
NYC-inspired jazz looks for cool class style.
Three looks for not-so-long locks.
Spotlight: Musical Theater
How to figure out which character heel height is best for you.
Learn a phrase from an iconic Mark Morris piece.
The items every dance major needs to pack.
Jessica Spinner's transition from professional ballerina to wellness guru.
You Should Know
The multitalented Avery Gay.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?
What do you get when you combine a Beyoncé anthem, fierce girls from all over the world, and choreography by legends like Ellenore Scott and Lamar Lee? You get the epic music video below. The viral video features little girls who live everywhere from Tanzania to Washington D.C. dancing and lip-syncing to Queen Bey's song "Freedom," and the result is electrifying. These littles can dance—and they bring a determination and enthusiasm to their movement that's truly inspiring.