September 2015 Table of Contents
The Next Chapter
Michaela DePrince looks to the future at Dutch National Ballet.
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a Kyle Hanagami video shoot.
Allison Holker's Top 10 Reasons to Go for It
Why she thinks taking risks always pays off.
My Non-Dance Hobbies
Eight dancers discuss the offstage interests that help them recharge.
Should you double-major in college?
Dancers with Degrees
Four pros talk about their college experiences.
The College Prep Timeline
What to do—and when to do it—if you want to dance in college.
Introducing the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Dance Spirit's 2015 Higher Ed Guide
A state-by-state breakdown of 150 colleges and universities with dance programs.
Up Front: Buzz
The Royal Ballet's Sarah Lamb on dancing Juliet for the camera; all the ballet in SoCal.
Up Front: The Dirt
"Dancing with the Stars" pro Keo Motsepe.
Are you a "So You Think You Can Dance" superfan? Test your knowledge.
Letter to My Teenage Self
New York City Ballet principal Sterling Hyltin.
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.
Where Tricia Miranda finds inspiration.
Off the Record
Christina Ricucci's road to recovery after Lyme disease.
Packable, studio-friendly dinners; everything you need to know about Charley horses.
Exercises to improve your balance.
Sprains, strains and breaks—do you know the difference?
How to deal with favoritism when you're not the teacher's pet.
These back-to-school styles look amazing from every angle.
Cozy legwarmers of all lengths.
Post-class 'dos that take advantage of in-class sweat.
What to expect at your first pointe shoe fitting.
How to make the most of your time with a guest choreographer.
Get a Job
Advice for balancing dance jobs with your academic commitments.
You Should Know
The super-versatile Emma Sutherland.
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 email@example.com 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.