A Dance Down Memory Lane

On an episode of "All the Right Moves"

When I was 16, I decided to get pretty specific about my life goals. "I'm going to be the editor in chief of Dance Spirit," I declared with conviction. So I made a plan—go to college, major in journalism, be on the dance team, move to NYC, get a job at DS, be wicked happy—and stuck to it.

Now here I am, seven years after moving to NYC, and I can proudly say that my big dream came true. I started at Dance Spirit as an editorial intern, got hired full-time as a web editor and, two years ago, was named editor in chief.

But once your dreams come true and you get to revel in them for a while, it's time to come up with new ones, right?

Today is my last day at Dance Spirit [tear!]. Without writing a long and super-sappy "last post," I'll just leave you with a few of my favorite memories...

1. The January 2013 cover shoot with Mia Michaels, Ryan Ramirez and Chaz BuzanThe trio’s chemistry was unreal, and at the end of the day, Mia danced for us.

Chaz, Mia and Ryan, on such a special day for all of us

2. Getting a mid-show wink from Ryan Steele. He was on as Rudolpho in Matilda on Broadway that night. I Tweeted him during intermission, and when he came back onstage for the second act, Ryan looked right at me in the audience, smiled and winked. My cheeks were red for about a month after that.

3. Seeing In the Heights four times—and getting to go onstage after the show! Thank you, Luis Salgado. (Catch him on Broadway now in Rocky!)

Can we petition to bring this show back to Broadway, pleeeeease?

4. The May/June 2014 cover shoot in L.A. with Mark Kanemura and Jeremy Hudson. Mark was so serious and Jeremy was so goofy, and their mutual admiration and adoration was downright adorable.

Mark and Jeremy showing their Dance Spirit!

5. Putting rising ballerina Juliet Doherty on the cover of the March 2014 issue. She’s a star. (Youth America Grand Prix agrees: Juliet won senior gold at the competition last week!)

6. Meeting and interviewing the best young dancers in the world. I’ve had so much fun chatting with dancers like Jayci KalbRachel Parkinson, Alexia Meyer and Luke Spring.

That's Rachel Parkinson, bottom left, performing at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals with her studio, The Dance Club. I love her sassy little face in this photo so much that I cut it out and taped it to my computer monitor as a constant reminder to be as feisty as possible (er, when appropriate, at least).

7. The many magical moments at New York City Ballet. The company’s productions of Stars and Stripes and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker changed my life...and all of my playlists.

8. Attending New York City Dance Alliance and The Dance Awards Nationals every summer.

All dressed up at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2012

The talent there never ceased to blow my mind. Sarah Pippin’s “Black Hawk Waltz” solo in 2012 remains my all-time favorite performance.

Sarah Pippin's "Black Hawk Waltz" at The Dance Awards

9. tWitch and Allison. Their photo shoot, their cute cover story. Everything about them.

Hanging out with "The Boss Tribe" after a "So You Think You Can Dance" finale taping in L.A.

10. The only time I ever got starstruck at this job: when I literally rubbed elbows with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the Koch Theater lobby.

Thank you, DS, for the memories. It's been a total blast.

A super-fun cover shoot with the itty bitty Sophia Lucia

Love,

Alison

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