The February issue is headed your way!
Hi DS fans,
If you haven't received yours yet, get excited, because the February 2008 issue is on its way to your mailbox! It's our annual Modern & Audition issue and I can promise that it's jam-packed with great stuff.
My personal favorite bit from this issue is our "Valentine's Day Hotties" special. In honor of February's beloved holiday, we figured we'd give you all a little eye candy to celebrate with. We talked to Neil Haskell, Nick Bass and Rasta Thomas (just to name a few!) to get the scoop on their first kisses, dream dates and career highlights, and we're bringing all that info to you in the form of a Valentine. I got to interview Neil from "So You Think You Can Dance," and I was totally star struck just talking to him on the phone. I can't say I played it very cool when I had to ask him what his first kiss was like! So whether you cut them out and give them to your friends or decide to keep them for your own locker, we hope you enjoy these cute guys as much as we do!
When you're finished drooling over our hotties, head on over to the DS message boards because we want to hear all about your experience at Nationals. Has your studio ever entered crisis-mode during a national competition? Did someone from your team get injured on the way Nationals? Did the airline lose your luggage and leave you without shoes or costumes? If so, how did you recover? We want to know all about your problems and what advice you have for Nationals-bound dancers this year. Chat on the message boards.
And last, but certainly not least, don't forget about some of the great dance flicks coming to the big screen in the next few weeks. How She Move, about a young girl who gets into the world of underground step competitions, hits theaters Jan. 25 and Step Up 2 The Streets is coming your way on Valentine's Day. Get the popcorn ready!
Happy Long Weekend!
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!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
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!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.