Paige Faure snatches the audience’s attention right from the beginning of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Leggy and animated, she fires high kicks and struts down winding stairs, showing off balletic gams and grace. Later, as a grumpy cleaning lady, she morphs into a comedienne, hunched and shuffling. Moving between chic and zany seems effortless for the ensemble member and lead cover. “Versatility is my marketability,” she says. “I want to take whatever they throw at me.” Her tactic is working: After success on tours and in regional houses, she’s on Broadway boards for the first time in H2S.
Growing up in Atlanta, GA, Paige studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern at the Alpharetta Dance Theater and also competed with the school. She added choir in her early teens and then “molded my own musical theater major at North Springs High School, the arts magnet,” Faure says. “I wanted to be a better actor and singer while still dancing.”
After she graduated, Paige attended Marymount Manhattan’s theater program for a year and started auditioning in the city. She quickly nabbed an ensemble track understudying a lead in Elton John and Tim Rice’s national tour of Aida. Four years of tours and regional shows followed, Faure’s “on-the-job education,” she says. “Touring teaches you to keep a performance fresh, to take care of yourself—and how to be tough!”
Then, Paige got her big break with H2S. “I was thrilled just to be in that audition room with H2S’s director and choreographer Rob Ashford,” she says. “The choreography was challenging, but it felt right on my body.”
Paige says her Broadway debut has been dreamy. “The veterans in the cast say this is a particularly positive experience, and that I’m getting spoiled,” Paige says, with a giggle. “The rehearsal process was seamless—everyone got along and worked toward the best product. It’s easy to go in with Daniel Radcliffe and assume it’s about his fame and Harry Potter. But we know it isn’t. The show’s success is contingent on everyone and we have an incredible hit.”
Paige’s looking forward to a long run with H2S, and also hopes to “work with as many choreographers and directors as possible, do cool new projects and move into roles, especially those that use my versatility. But I’m happy exactly where I am!”
Favorite movies: It’s a Wonderful Life, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mary Poppins
Favorite food: Dark chocolate
Favorite dance class: Derek Mitchell’s lyrical class
So you Think You Can Dance' Season 14 finalists Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve shocked fans at home (at least the ones who hadn't thoroughly scoured their respective Instagrams) during Episode 14, when choreographer Mia Michaels asked if either of them had ever experienced "the kind of love that takes your breath away." They confessed that, yup, they had—with each other. The two met at The Dance Awards in the summer of 2016, where they were each named Senior Best Dancer, and went on to tour with the convention as assistants. Before long—and long before their "SYTYCD" journey—they became a couple.
Take a look at Dance Spirit's exclusive interview where they dish on everything from their favorite dates to the dance moves that give them all the feels.
There's a surprising twist to Regina Willoughby's last season with Columbia City Ballet: It's also her 18-year-old daughter Melina's first season with the company. Regina, 40, will retire from the stage in March, just as her daughter starts her own career as a trainee. But for this one season, they're sharing the stage together.
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
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!
Yes, we all know dancers are strong. But sometimes it takes a truly epic workout video to remind us JUST HOW INSANELY STRONG they actually are.
Behold, National Ballet of Canada principal Svetlana Lunkina's oh-so-casual pre-class exercise:
Dance Spirit is beyond excited to announce the first round of 2017 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned!
Our favorite drama-filled, dance reality show may have ended this past fall, but "Dance Moms" stars Chloe, Kalani, and Kendall aren't about to let that end their dance careers. In fact, these dancing kweens are taking their moves to a city near you with their Irreplaceables Tour! The girls are going all out for the three-week dance production, which is taking them across the country. And these dazzling dancers aren't just content with showing off their dance skillz—they want to pass along their tips and tricks in a dance workshop where they'll lead fans in stretches and dance routines from the show.
Dance Spirit caught up with Chloe, Kalani, and Kendall to find out what they love about tour life and where they see themselves five years from now.
When most of us think of The Nutcracker, we imagine a growing Christmas tree, dancing mice, and a little girl named Clara (or Marie) traveling to the Land of Sweets. But companies around the world have been reinventing the holiday classic, changing the storyline or adding their own spectacular sets and characters. To get in the Nutcracker spirit this season, check out these out-of-the-box productions.