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November 2016


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  • Eat Your Heart Out

    Thanksgiving dinner is one of those moments where it’s more than okay to help yourself to everything. And you ... More »

  • Going to the Gyno

    OK, so going to the gynecologist isn’t exactly fun. But the good thing about your annual visit is that ... More »

  • Get Your Head In the Game

    Headspins are one of the ultimate b-boy and b-girl tricks, and seem to defy the laws of physics. But ... More »

  • Solo Solutions

    When you already have a stellar competition solo, it can feel like a drag to learn and rehearse a ... More »

  • Making Photos Dance

    Every NYC Dance Project image feels like a glimpse into something greater: a dance that’s happening behind a curtain, ... More »

  • You Should Know: Eden Galloway

    Eden Galloway may have won Mini Female Outstanding Dancer at the 2016 New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, but ... More »

  • Emma the Enigma

    Emma Portner is at a crossroads. At only 21 years old, she’s already had the kind of opportunities most ... More »

  • From the Page to the Stage

    When the curtains rose on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in November 2015, the audience ... More »

  • In the Books

    A choreographer’s notebook can be a very private thing. After all, it’s where she crafts concepts, scribbles formations and ... More »

  • Digging Deep

    You already know that taking on a new role requires lots of homework, from perfecting the steps to figuring ... More »

  • Face Off

    There are zillions of makeup goodies out there, and just as many ways to wear them. Rather than spending ... More »

  • All That Glitters

    All that glitters doesn’t have to be gold! These costumes add the extra sparkle and shine you need for ... More »

Amanda LaCount showing off her skills (screenshot via YouTube)

There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.

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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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Dancer to Dancer

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!

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Dancer to Dancer
The School at Jacob's Pillow's contemporary program auditions (photo by Karli Cadel, courtesy Jacob's Pillow)

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.

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Watch This
Angela Sterling, courtesy PNB

Mark your calendars, bunheads! On Monday, January 29th, at 2:45 PM (EST)/11:45 AM (PST), Pacific Northwest Ballet will be streaming a live rehearsal of Act II of Kent Stowell's Swan Lake.

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Watch This
Tavaris Jones dancing with the Cleveland Cavaliers' Scream Team hip-hop crew

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.

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Dancer to Dancer
Photo by Joe Toreno

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!'


Signature look:

My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.


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Dancer to Dancer
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

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!

Serafina

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Trending-posts
Screenshot via YouTube

*suddenly feels the overpowering urge to purchase a million bottles of Pocari Sweat*

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Dance News
Mandy Moore (photo by Lee Cherry, courtesy Bloc Agency)

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.

Read more at dancemagzine.com!

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