Why Being a DanceMedia Intern Rocks!
As an intern, former DS editor in chief Alison Feller got to have a photo and bio next to her name in the magazine!
You'd be surprised at how many current editors at all your favorite magazines—Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher—started out as interns. I was a Dance Magazine intern the summer after college graduation—and I absolutely loved it! My favorite memory? Getting to attend and contribute ideas in meetings with the editors—and having them actually care about my opinion. Plus, all the interns had a standing date to eat bagels together on Mondays, and we always had so much fun! Below, read about other great internship memories from editors at all the DanceMedia mags. If you're intrigued, you may be the perfect candidate to be an intern just like we were! The application deadline for fall 2014 internships is August 15. Click here for more details.
"I loved feeling like a total dance-world insider. It was so crazy to be in an office where people like Allegra Kent and Susan Jaffe would just stop by!"
—Margaret Fuhrer, editor in chief, Dance Spirit
"I loved calling people and saying 'This is Jennifer Stahl from Dance Magazine.' That made me smile every time because I'm a nerd. I got to interview two of my dance idols, SFB soloist Elizabeth Miner and former ABT dancer Leslie Browne for a piece I wrote on what dancers wanted for the holidays. I also got to be in a DM Style shoot with some of my friends from NYU. It was awesome to see the behind the scenes of a photo shoot and how it all came together—and to have my picture in the magazine."
—Jennifer Stahl, editor in chief, Dance Magazine
"I got to do everything from transcribing interviews and fact checking stories to writing actual features for the magazine and traveling to cover Nationals in Massachusetts. The best part of my internship, though, was the first time I got to see my name in print. It felt like Christmas morning + my birthday + midnight on New Year's Eve + a basket of puppies. I got to be on the masthead (where the magazine lists everyone who works for it) and, for the first time, see 'By Alison Feller' permanently inked. It was magical."
—Alison Feller, former editor in chief, Dance Spirit
"One of my favorite memories was helping out with the Dance Magazine Awards. If you think what happens on stage is fun, you should see what happens in the wings! I remember ABT's Maxim Beloserkovsky joking around and doing barre in a boot (he was injured at the time) and getting presentation pointers from Susan Jaffe. Pretty surreal."
—Kristin Schwab, associate editor, Dance Magazine
"I remember doing my first phone interview as an intern. It was with Taylor 2's Latra Wilson for a DM newsletter story, and it was the biggest honor and most frightening 15 minutes of my young career! Totally worth it, though, to see my finished article published."
—Andrea Marks, assistant editor, Dance Teacher
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
The 2018 Oscar noms are here. Which is fun and all; we'll never not get excited about a night of glitz and glamor and, when we're lucky, pretty great dancing. But we'd be a heck of a lot more excited if the Academy Awards included a Best Choreography category. And really—why don't they?
Maud Arnold is one of the busiest tap dancers on the planet. As a member of the Syncopated Ladies, Maud—along with her big sis and fellow tapper Chloé Arnold—is on constantly the road for performances, workshops, and master classes. For the average person, that kind of schedule could lead to a serious derailment of healthy habits. But Maud's far from average. Here's how the fit, fierce, flawless tap star stays stage-ready—no matter what time zone she finds herself in.
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Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance Theatre in Juneau, AK, it's rarely possible. “Living in Alaska, it's difficult to travel to auditions," she says. “It gets way too expensive!" Instead, each year, with help from her teachers and a videographer, she puts together a well-crafted video and submits it to schools around the country. Last year, her high-quality video helped her earn acceptance to nearly every program she applied for. Most summer intensive programs, eager to attract students from far and wide, will accept video auditions from those who can't travel to take class. But major schools look at hundreds of submissions each year, which means video auditioners have just a few minutes—or even seconds—to make a great impression. If you're about to create an audition video, follow these tips from the professionals to put your best digital foot forward.