November 2016 Table of Contents
The Emma Enigma
Choreographer, dancer, artist: Emma Portner is forging her own path through the dance world.
Four pros spill their makeup bags to walk us through the routines and products that get them stage-ready.
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.
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.
The nutritional benefits of feasting on Thanksgiving.
Gynecologists answer your most frequently asked questions.
Costumes get (super) sparkly this year.
Spotlight: Hip Hop
How to master the head spin.
Tips to take your solo from comp stage to college audition.
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.
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.
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.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
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?
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.