Fleet in Piazzolla Caldera (photo by Tom Caravaglia)
Michelle Fleet makes intricate choreography look as natural as breathing. A 12-year veteran of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Fleet morphs to fit each work in Taylor’s diverse repertory: She’s sweetly innocent in the lyrical Esplanade, strong and sensual in the fiery Piazzolla Caldera. Born in the Bronx, NY, Fleet started her dance training at age 4. As a teen, she studied at Ballet Hispanico of New York and became a member of Ballet Hispanico’s Junior Company. After earning her BFA in dance from Purchase College, she joined Taylor 2 in 1999 and PTDC in 2002. (She also earned her MBA in business management in 2006.) Catch Fleet onstage this month during PTDC’s Lincoln Center season. —Margaret Fuhrer
Girl, get ready for the ride, because it’s going to be a great one. Don’t freak out—it’s just me/you here with some advice. It’s like Back to the Future!
First of all, trust your gut and listen to your mom. Somehow you’re both right. You’ll be blessed with so many opportunities, and that’s mainly due to Mom. You couldn’t ask for a bigger fan. Cherish her!
Second, remember that every egg hatches at its own time. Always remain open to learning more, even when you think you already know it all. It’s OK not to be just like the girl next to you. You were born to dance to your own tune.
Cry when you need to, but laugh at yourself, too. Laughter will get you through frustrating moments, and it helps build character. Speaking of character: You’re not defined by where you take dance class, what high school you go to or who your friends are. It’s your actions, your dedication, your passion and, of course, your God-given talent that define you.
Fleet as a young student (courtesy Michelle Fleet)
Find those special moments in class and humbly push for excellence. Even though you hate it, standing front and center will help you get the job. Stop hiding! Your teachers will push you to the front anyway.
Dance is your first love, and it will always live in your soul. Dancing is your happy place, your place of pure peace. Everything you’ve experienced thus far is going to feed your artistry. What you have to offer this world is valid—it’s going to move and inspire people. Giving up has never been an option and never will be. Dancers are warriors!
It's time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we're hosting a contest to find out who's the best turner of them all.
Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. And if our editors think you're the top turner, you'll win a fabulous prize.
All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.
From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
J.Crew's putting a whole new spin on its brand —literally. The popular clothing line's inspired ad campaign has a group of cute male models showing off their best moves in a series of playful dance battles. When we saw one of those models throw down the gauntlet with a rather impressive series of chaîné turns, we knew he had to be a trained dancer, and we were right: He's former New York City Ballet corps member Joshua Thew. Dancer and model Smith Reesie also shows off in a seriously impressive freestyle.
It's fall! The leaves are changing, everything everywhere is pumpkin-spice flavored—and "Dancing with the Stars" is back on the air. For the 25th time. Season TWENTY-FIVE, y'all: Here we go.
Koine. Kiki. Lex. Taylor. Welcome to the fight to the finale!
On last night's show—the last one before the last one—the Top 4 performed roughly one million times, including an opening number, a group routine, a solo, an All Star duet (a favorite from earlier in the season), and a routine paired with a fellow contestant. And best of all: No one went home! (Yet.) Here's a rundown of all the good stuff.
Fourteen-year-old Kennadi Boese is a teenage dance superhero. For one thing, she's successfully living a double life. One day, she's studying dance and going to school in Colorado like a normal teenager; the next, she's booking major L.A. gigs like the Kids' Choice Sports Awards. It's not just Kennadi's schedule that's super-powered: Her turns are effortless and endless, and she's crazy-versatile (flamenco, anyone?).