When Dance Spirit first spoke to Lauren Lovette for our September 2010 cover story, she was an 18-year-old apprentice with New York City Ballet—a great feat considering she didn’t start training until she was 11. Since then, this vibrant dancer has come a long way: She joined the company’s corps de ballet the month her DS cover was printed and was promoted to soloist in February of this year. Lovette has danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, and originated feature roles in Peter Martins’ Mes Oiseaux and Susan Stroman’s Frankie and Johnny...and Rose. But what we loved most about Lovette as an apprentice hasn’t changed: her magnetic personality, sparkling technique and undeniable star quality. Want to know more? Read on for The Dirt. —RZ
Lovette in Susan Stroman's For the Love of Duke (by Paul Kolnik)
What did you want to be when you were a little kid? "I wanted to work at an ice cream shop."
Dancer you would drop everything to go see: "Julie Rent. I watched ABT tapes of her from the library growing up."
Biggest guilty pleasure: "I guess chocolate. But I don't feel guilty about it."
Favorite food: "A big steak with mushrooms and potatoes of any kind. I have had it every birthday I can remember."
Something most people don’t know about you: "I am a huge fan of animated movies!"
Favorite city in the world: "I think New York is still my favorite city. It was a dream to move here, and it still is."
Do you have any pre-performance habits or superstitions? "Good hair--good show!"
What’s your most embarrassing onstage moment? "Once I forgot my choreography on stage and made up twelve counts on my own. I will never forget that show!"
What has been your proudest career moment so far? "My first Sugar Plum Fairy with the New York City Ballet! That was a dream come true."
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 2018 Oscar noms are here. Which is fun and all; we'll never not get excited about a night of glitz and glamor and, when we're lucky, pretty great dancing. But we'd be a heck of a lot more excited if the Academy Awards included a Best Choreography category. And really—why don't they?
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.
Maud Arnold is one of the busiest tap dancers on the planet. As a member of the Syncopated Ladies, Maud—along with her big sis and fellow tapper Chloé Arnold—is on constantly the road for performances, workshops, and master classes. For the average person, that kind of schedule could lead to a serious derailment of healthy habits. But Maud's far from average. Here's how the fit, fierce, flawless tap star stays stage-ready—no matter what time zone she finds herself in.
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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.