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AMDA’s Dance Theatre Program Is the Launch Pad for Your Bicoastal Career

When veteran performers talk about the moment their careers took off, their stories usually all have three things in common: They had the right skills, knew the right people, and were in the right place. For young dancers, achieving this not-so-secret trifecta of prerequisites is daunting, to say the least. And yet AMDA College of the Performing Arts has been helping aspiring professionals do just that, and more, for more than half a century.

Read on to see how AMDA's one-of-a-kind bicoastal dance training program prepares dancers to break into the industry—or industries, rather—with the training, connections and insider lowdown they need to succeed in both of the world's artistic capitals.

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The good news? Every cheat can be beat. (Lucas Chilczuk)

Beat the Cheat: Combat Flailing Arms with These Targeted Fitness Exercises

As dancers, we all have our vices—those little technique cheats that we know are incorrect, and we try our best to fix whenever we can remember...but at the end of the day, we just can't seem to banish them for good. After all, these cheats usually appear to help us: They can get our legs higher and our petit allégro a little faster, not to mention help us crank out that one extra rotation in a turn we dream about. Unfortunately, cheating proper technique also sets dancers up for a myriad injuries caused by improper alignment and undue stress on the body.

The good news: Every cheat can be beat. That is, when you know exactly what muscles and mobility pathways you need to strengthen in order to execute the step correctly. To help on that front, Amber Tacy, personal trainer and founder of the dancer-focused fitness community Dancers Who Lift, is here to guide you through a series of exercises designed to help you overcome the most common dancer cheats.

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Free Streaming Friday: 5 Classes from CLI Studios to Benefit the AAPI Community

To honor the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, online dance platform CLI Studios is hosting a free, virtual event that will get you moving.

This Friday, April 16, starting at 2 pm Pacific, CLI Studios presents the livestream of "Movement Speaks," five classes featuring prominent artists from the AAPI community.

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Because it seemed like time to revisit yet another Barbie classic (Getty Images/M-A-U)

55 Thoughts I Had Rewatching "Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses" as an Adult

I have a confession to make: I think I only saw this movie once during my childhood. By the time this film was released, I had already begun to outgrow my Barbie fandom.

But if TikTok is any indication, Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses is a fan favorite among Barbie movie connoisseurs. What could be better than one dancing princess Barbie? Twelve dancing princesses Barbies, of course!

Naturally, I have high hopes going into this movie. Here are my moment-by-moment reactions to what many consider to be the *absolute zenith* of Barbie ballet movies.

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Students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Clara Reed, courtesy NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

How College Seniors Can Make the Best of Graduating During a Pandemic

If you're a college student, there are some guarantees. The dining hall food will be bad. Your communal shower will be gross. You will sleep through class (at least) once. And at the end of it all, you will walk across a stage and move the tassel on your hat and—finally!—graduate.

But not even college traditions are immune to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Because while dining hall food may remain terrible, communal bathrooms disgusting and alarm clocks just a little too quiet, graduating in the midst of a global pandemic will be different.

And that's not just because, at many schools, COVID protocols will require that your graduation be held virtually. Dancers today are graduating into a different job market—one plagued by company closures, performance cancellations, and significant challenges facing the arts industry as a whole.

We know, we know. It sounds pretty bleak. But with vaccination rates rising and live performances slowly returning to stages, there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. And to make sure you're ready for graduation (even in a time that nobody could have prepared for), we spoke with faculty at two top dance schools about what students can do differently this year to prep for life postgrad.

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