Oh hey there! I've missed you guys. A few months ago I left the Dance Spirit team to work on Pointe and Dance Magazine. But I just couldn't stay away.

Our longtime fearless leader Alison Feller's last day was Friday, and it was a bittersweet moment. Alison's on to great things, but Friday also marked the end of a pretty amazing seven-year era.

That said, I'm thrilled to be back on the Dance Spirit staff as the magazine's new Editor in Chief. You know me: I'm that crazy bunhead who covered the ballet beat and wayyy overshared in wayyy too many DS blog posts for a little more than half a decade.

Here's baby me—a bunhead from the beginning!

Come say hello if you see me!

I've got all kinds of plans and ideas and awesomely alliterative headlines swirling around in my head, but I'd love to hear what you guys are thinking, too. What amazing dancers should we be featuring? What choreographers are you obsessed with right now? What trends can you not get enough of? (And what do you wish we would just stop talking about already?) If you have thoughts/ideas/rants you want us to hear, use our "Talk to Us" form to send them along. You might just end up seeing your fabulous idea in print.

I'm always out and about at shows and competitions. If you see me, come over and say hi! I'm looking forward to not only putting together great magazines for y'all, but also getting to know you. And I can't wait to get started!

Happy Birthday, Dance Spirit! This month, our magazine turns 15 years old, and we couldn’t be prouder. While celebrating, the DS editors had some fun reminiscing about what we were like at 15. We searched far and wide (and called our mothers) to collect these photos of our awkward, awesome and dance-y teen years.  Please don’t make fun of us too much.

Editor in chief Alison Feller (center) was one singular sensation in a high-kicking tap routine at Concord Dance Academy.

 

Managing editor Rachel Zar waltzed with the flowers (check out those leaves!) in Ballet Chicago’s Nutcracker.

Olé! Associate editor Margaret Fuhrer showed of her Spanish side in Commonwealth Ballet Company’s Nutcracker.

 

 

And for the grand finale: Assistant editor Michael Anne Bailey blew the competition away—and definitely deserved a Best Facial Expression award—at New York City Dance Alliance.

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