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March 2016


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  • Up Front: Buzz with Paul Taylor Dance Company

    The vision for Paul Taylor’s reimagined company, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, becomes fully realized this month with its ... More »

  • Up Front: The Dirt with Samantha Galler

    A charmingly natural actress, Miami City Ballet corps member Samantha Galler has already tackled some of the ballet world’s ... More »

  • Letter to My Teenage Self: Anna Trebunskaya

    Ballroom icon Anna Trebunskaya, who returned to “Dancing with the Stars” this past fall after a five-season hiatus, is ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Dear Katie, I’m a strong dancer on flat, but once I put my pointe shoes on, everything falls apart. ... More »

  • My Life on a Cruise Ship

    Name the dance job, Taylor Gordon’s probably had it: The 27-year-old’s resumé includes performances with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, ... More »

  • Breathe Easy

    Breathe Easy Timing’s everything when it comes to dancing—right down to the timing of your breathing. And when the ... More »

  • Best Foot Forward

    Ah, feet—we point, stomp and crack them (and everything in between). And though dancing all day makes them strong, ... More »

  • Amazing Grace

    Gisele Bethea stands in the center of a rehearsal studio at American Ballet Theatre’s headquarters, breathing hard. The ABT ... More »

  • The Technique Question

    In today’s ballet world, dancers need to be adaptable. Long gone are the days when a few big companies would ... More »

  • Crazy Moments in Pointe Shoe History

    Ah, pointe shoes: We love those beautiful, glamorous torture devices! But pointework didn’t always look or feel the way ... More »

  • What I Love About My Body

    Pretty much every dancer has looked in the mirror and thought, “If only this one thing about my body ... More »

  • Shades of Spring

    From pretty pinks to hues of blue, these pastel pieces will freshen up your ballet classwear.   Related

  • My Perfect Shoes

    Six ballerinas discuss why they love their pointe shoes. Yuriko Kajiya, Principal, Houston Ballet Foot type: Wide and flat, with ... More »

  • From Barre to Center

    She just retired as a principal with Pacific Northwest Ballet, but as a teenager, Maria Chapman struggled to gain ... More »

  • Let’s Get Liberal

    If you’re thinking about majoring in dance at a liberal arts school, you’re probably already excited about the technique ... More »

  • Kenedy Kallas

    Kenedy Kallas is the complete package. Drool-worthy feet? Check. Effortless extension? Check. Work ethic and humility? Check and check. ... More »

Dance News
Photo by Jayme Thornton

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.

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Getting injured during college doesn't have to ruin your semester. DS asked a professor, a certified athletic trainer, and a student who's overcome injury how you can deal.

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Ballet BC's Alexis Fletcher says experimenting with structured improv can make you more comfortable with risk. (Michael Slobodian, courtesy Ballet BC)

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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Ashley Wallen's choreography brought The Greatest Showman to life. (Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

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?

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Leap! National Dance Competition offers dancers of all skill levels an opportunity to showcase their talents in an event where the focus is on fun and competing is just a bonus!

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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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Future Star winner Basia Rhoden (courtesy Starpower)

The second round of 2017 Future Star winners showcases more dancers with singular talent and ability. We're thrilled to celebrate their success!

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If you're in need of a piece that's both trendy and sophisticated, look no further than this Só Dança crop top. Featuring elegant long sleeves, a high neckline, and a delicate lace trim, it's both classic and contemporary—perfect for everything from that big audition to a long night in the studio. Enter below for your chance to win it!

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Juneau Dance Theatre student Anna McDowell filming an audition video with Bridget Lujan (courtesy Juneau Dance Theatre)

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.

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