April 2016 Table of Contents

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Destined for the Spotlight
Austin Joson and Nino Dzneladze, two rising stars in the competitive ballroom world, knew they were meant to dance together.

We Go Together…
Tips and tricks for achieving picture-perfect synchronization.

Tricked Out
How can you make showstopping moves look artful as well as impressive?

Pom 101
Trying out for dance team? Read these pom tips first!

2016 Dance Director's Survival Guide
The essential resource for dance-team coaches.

Be the Ultimate Understudy
You may never take the stage—but that doesn't mean you aren't essential.

Up Front: Buzz
Cincinnati Ballet celebrates female choreographers; Martha Graham Dance Company's 90th anniversary season.

Up Front: The Dirt
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green.

Letter to My Teenage Self
BalletNext director Michele Wiles.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage
Where Michelle Dorrance finds inspiration.

Body Buzz
Why you should ditch your dirty dancewear; Earth Day products that are good for the planet (and your body).

Mind
Is Mom your teacher? Stay sane with these tips.

Health
How to talk dance injuries with non-dance doctors.

Fashion
Dance-team looks that allow you to stand out while staying uniform during color-themed practices.

College Corner
Making the most of your college dance network.

You Should Know
Hip-hop phenom Phoenix Lil'Mini.

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On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

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Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

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