November 2016 Table of Contents

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The Emma Enigma
Choreographer, dancer, artist: Emma Portner is forging her own path through the dance world.

Face Off
Four pros spill their makeup bags to walk us through the routines and products that get them stage-ready.

Digging Deep
What it takes to prepare for a new role—on and off the Marley.

Inside Three Choreographers' Notebooks
A glimpse inside three pros' choreography journals.

From the Page to the Stage
How three ballet company costume shops bring designers' visions to life.

Up Front: Buzz
Inside the new pieces debuting this fall at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Up Front: The Dirt
New York City Ballet dancer and Cats cast member, Georgina Pazcoguin.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Commercial queen—and Beyoncé dancer—Ebony Williams.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz
The nutritional benefits of feasting on Thanksgiving.

Health
Gynecologists answer your most frequently asked questions.

Fashion
Costumes get (super) sparkly this year.

Spotlight: Hip Hop
How to master the head spin.

College Corner
Tips to take your solo from comp stage to college audition.

Branch Out
NYC Dance Project's Deborah Ory went from modern dancer to dance photographer.

You Should Know
New York City Dance Alliance's reigning mini winner, Eden Galloway.

Dancer to Dancer

Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.

But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.

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Win It
Courtesy CAA

You read that right, people—Dance Spirit's giving away two tickets to the "SYTYCD" tour in the city of your choice, complete with an exclusive meet & greet with select cast members! Read on for the complete prize listing and official rules.

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Okay, so it's also Friday the 13th. (Eek! Be sure not to let any black cats cross your path on the way to the studio!)

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Dancer to Dancer

If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.

All photos by Joe Toreno.

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Dancer to Dancer

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,

I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?

Megan

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Dance News

What do you get when you combine a Beyoncé anthem, fierce girls from all over the world, and choreography by legends like Ellenore Scott and Lamar Lee? You get the epic music video below. The viral video features little girls who live everywhere from Tanzania to Washington D.C. dancing and lip-syncing to Queen Bey's song "Freedom," and the result is electrifying. These littles can dance—and they bring a determination and enthusiasm to their movement that's truly inspiring.

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Dancer to Dancer

Of the many moving parts of a college application, the essay might be the most daunting. But consider yourself luckier than other applicants, because your dance experiences can only help you craft a winning essay—whether or not you're planning to pursue a dance major.

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Watch This
A still from "Congratulations, You're A Doll" (via YouTube)

What's better than a beautiful dancer freestyling to a lovely song? A beautiful dancer freestyling to a lovely song in triplicate, that's what.

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