So, you know that Dance Spirit has an iPad app. And we've told you that it's awesome. But I wanted to give you a sense of just how awesome it really is—by showing you some of its coolest features.

Let's begin with the March cover, shall we? At first glance, it looks pretty much the way it does on newsstands:

But say you want to enjoy that gorgeous photo of Keenan Kampa minus the cover lines. No problem—just tap two times, and voila!

Since Keenan is amazing, let's jump to her cover story—which is easy to do, thanks to the oh-so-handy navigation bar:

So now we're in the cover layout. We took so many gorgeous photos of Keenan that, to cram 'em all into the print version, we had to make them on the small side. But say you want to see a larger version of this guy:

Can do! Just tap to expand that (and any other) photo:

Pretty neat, right? Same thing goes for Keenan's lovely fashion images:

And the fun doesn't end there. Did you love our ballroom story, "Find Your Frame"? You'll love the iPad version even more, because it has little Easter-egg tips scattered throughout. Tap on "Tip #1"...

...to find out all about the ballroom frame's four points of connection:

Technology is fun! And this isn't even half of what the DS app has up its sleeve. (Seriously—I keep discovering more and more cool features.) Intrigued? Find the app today at the iTunes store—or, from your iPad, go to "Newsstand" and search for "Dance Spirit."

For the past two days, DS managing editor Rachel Zar and I have been behind the scenes at the NYC auditions for Season 9 of "So You Think You Can Dance." If you thought the competition was tough last year, you'll be floored by the talent of the upcoming season. From contemporary to ballroom to hip hop—these dancers can do it all.

But being well-rounded doesn't mean a ticket to Vegas—especially with the judges (Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio) cracking down on mediocre performances. Here's Rachel's quick recap of the judges' feedback to contestants:

1. Be a sponge. When the judges give you feedback, soak it all up, work on those things throughout the year and audition next season.

2. Use your face! If you don't connect with the judges, you're not going straight to Vegas.

3. If you're young and don't have a lot of emotional baggage, take an acting class so you can learn to convey emotion onstage.

4. A series of steps, poses and tricks is not dancing.

5. After you've auditioned, don't ask for one more chance to prove yourself. The audition is your chance—use it to show off every style that you have under your belt.

6. Don't audition with another dancer unless you've actually prepared something together. Just dancing side by side and competing for the judges' attention will only confuse them and get you sent home.

Now that you've taken those lessons to heart, take a behind-the-scenes look at the NYC auditions:

As a Valentine's Day special event last week, the Philadelphia Dance Center invited aspiring ballerinas' dads to take class. The results were, predictably, ridiculously funny—and totally endearing.

 

So very many creative variations on a piqué turn:

Dad's moving right along the floor tonight!!! Jumping turning, so impressive!!!

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Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the [Dads]":

Daddy Daughter Valentine's Ballet Class ❤❤❤

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You GUYS. The tutus! I just can't. It's too amazing.

Dad's are MOVING ALONG TONIGHT!!!❤💯

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It's also worth pointing out that PDC invited moms to take a hip hop class last week, too—and, uh, they kinda killed it. Werk it, moms!

 

How do you think your parents would do in your dance classes? Let us know in the comments!

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It's that end-of-December time when everybody likes to reflect on the past year, and we at Dance Spirit are no exception. 2016 has been a weird one for the world generally, but a pretty great one for DS specifically: Over the last 12 months, we've had the privilege to put no fewer than 18 world-class dancers on our cover. And one of the best things about featuring fabulous dancers is that we tend to get whole messes of fabulous photos at our cover shoots—more than we could ever fit in the magazine.

Each issue, a bunch of photos that don't make it into print end up as digital edition exclusives, available only to our digital subscribers. But as a little New Year's present to y'all, we thought we'd share our favorite outtake from each issue. (And if you'd like to see more gorgeous shots like these, you know what to do.)

Enjoy!

January 2016: Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice

Photo by Joe Toreno

February 2016: Ross Katen, Madelyn Ho and Anne O'Donnell

Photo by Jayme Thornton

March 2016: Gisele Bethea

Photo by Nathan Sayers

April 2016: Austin Joson and Nino Dzneladze

Photo by Jayme Thornton

May/June 2016: Taylor Hatala and Larsen Thompson

Photo by Jayme Thornton

July/August 2016: Ariana DeBose and Sasha Hutchings

Photo by Erin Baiano

September 2016: Miriam Miller

Photo by Lucas Chilczuk

October 2016: Briar Nolet

Photo by Erin Baiano

November 2016: Emma Portner

Photo by Jayme Thornton

December 2016: Kida Burns and Fik-Shun Stegall

Photo by Joe Toreno

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September 19, 2016 New York, NY – Frederic M. Seegal has acquired DanceMedia, a suite of five respected publications (both print and digital) written for and by dancers, including the renowned Dance Magazine, which marks its 90th year of publication in 2017.

Seegal, Vice Chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, has made his career advising major media, telecom and internet clients. He brings to DanceMedia a seasoned knowledge of and passion for the performing arts, having served as President of American Ballet Theatre’s Board of Trustees, and as trustee for New York City Center, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Currently, he is a trustee for Gallim Dance, based in New York.

“I’m very excited about the potential for growth represented by these highly respected publications and the tremendous content they’ve created over the years,” says Seegal. “These magazines have enjoyed exceptional stability during a time when there has been sweeping change in the publishing industry, as they have continued to be the authoritative voice for the entire dance world.”

“The DanceMedia publications deliver the most effective and highly targeted opportunities for the industry—in both print and online,” says Amy Cogan, Senior Vice President & Group Publisher. “Our reach is unsurpassed. This vote of confidence in our properties can only boost their effectiveness as we move into the future.”

In addition to Dance Magazine, which is regarded as the most trusted content in the field of dance, the DanceMedia titles, with a combined reach of more than 2 million, include: Dance Spirit, written for dancers who aspire to “So You Think You Can Dance,” Pointe for students training pre-professionally for careers in ballet, Dance Teacher for studio owners and educators in conservatories, k–12 schools, and on faculty with colleges and universities. Dance Retailer News is the only monthly b2b publication connecting dance manufacturers with storeowners who serve the buying public.

Macfadden Communications Group, which has owned Dance Magazine since 2001 and DanceMedia since its formation in 2006, will continue to provide publishing services for the brand, including digital services, print management, circulation and accounting, according to Carolyn Callahan, President and Chief Operating Officer. “The opportunities presented by this new affiliation assure a solid future for these titles,” Callahan says. “We look forward to a lasting partnership.” No changes in staffing are anticipated.

Exciting news: the July | August 2015 issue of Dance Spirit is now live on iTunes! Head over to the iTunes store to check it out–it's worth it, we promise. You'll get the latest issue of the magazine right on your iPhone, iPad or iTouch, not to mention tons of cool bonus features. Click here to download your digital subscription!

Even more Keenan and Ian if you download the digital edition! What could be better?

Wheeeeeee it's 2015! How were your celebrations? Dance-filled? If it's before noon and you're reading this, STOP RIGHT NOW AND GO BACK TO BED.

I'm not going to start discussing dance resolutions for the year. (If you're ready for that kind of talk, you can find plenty of it in our January issue). Instead, I'm going to give you a little New Year's present. It is at the bottom of this page. I made it myself.

It won't help you nail that third pirouette, or master that double pullback, or figure out how, exactly, to pull off a credible stank face.

But it might make you giggle.

And on this first day of the new year, isn't that enough? Let's save the resolutions for tomorrow.

Happy 2015, everyone:

 

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