It’s hot. You’re in class for the first time with a teacher you’ve read about in Dance Spirit, but never had the chance to study with until now. You’re surrounded by other dancers who are all super-talented—some of them you’ve even heard of before or seen on the competition circuit. You clear your head, come down to earth and begin the first combination. Your muscles engage and your body lengthens. You already feel like you’re improving! It’s July and you’ve made it into your dream intensive. What could be better? At this moment, relaxing by the pool seems so overrated.
Although it may be freezing outside now, in mid-January, this is the time you need to start thinking about your summer plans. Whether you want to spend six intense weeks in San Francisco bettering your ballet technique, or you’d rather refine your Fosse in a week-long musical-theater intensive in Albuquerque, NM, you’ll find the program that’s right for you in our annual Summer Study Guide (p. 90). There are more than 210 different programs to sift through!
Too overwhelmed by the choices? Can’t figure out exactly what kind of workshop would be best for you this time? Whatever your dilemma, turn to page 74 and read “Picking Your Perfect Program” by Abigail Rasminsky. Once you decide where you’re going, let me know why you selected the intensive you did and I’ll publish some of your responses in an upcoming issue!
At DS, we love to spot talent early. We like to celebrate young, up-and-coming dancers by putting them in our pages. Chelsie Hightower is no exception. (Turn to page 56 to read her amazing story, written by Jen Jones. And log on to dancespirit.com/ to watch the behind-the-scenes video we made at our cover shoot.)
OK, we didn’t exactly find Chelsie first. (Thank you Nigel, Mary, Mia, Shane, Dan, Tabitha, Napoleon, Tyce and the rest of the “So You Think You Can Dance” crew!) But we did single her out early for her unbelievable stage presence. Each time she came on screen I thought, “This girl’s a star!”
We also like to spot dance trends. Although ballroom has been around since the early 18th century, it’s so hot right now, we just had to delve in and take a closer look at the genre. If you’ve never tried it, we’re sure you’ll want to after reading “Ballroom Blitz” by Ariel White (p. 60). Aside from being great fun, ballroom dance teaches poise, elegance and presentation, and there’s no better way to learn to dance with a partner.
Plus, we’ve got our amazing photo fashion spread that pairs beautiful dancers with fabulous clothes and (I cannot tell a lie) makes me want to head out of the office to go shopping!
Happy New Year DS readers!!!!
May 2009 bring you happiness, health and a wealth of great dance opportunities!
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
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!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.