April 2018 Table of Contents


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So. Fetch.

Cheese fries for everyone! Mean Girls is about to hit Broadway harder than a yellow school bus.

The Best College Dance Teams in the Country

And what it takes to be on each of them.

Dance Team Score Sheets Decoded

We've broken down the UDA and NDA rubrics to help you navigate your team's scores.

2018 Dance Director's Survival Guide

The essential resource for dance team coaches.

Step By Step

Stepping has brought people together for more than a century.

Problem Parents

What if the people who are supposed to be your biggest dance support system aren't giving you what you need?

Up Front: Buzz

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company celebrates 50 years and San Francisco Ballet presents a new festival.

The Dirt

Brooklynettes team captain Asha Singh.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Martha Graham Dance Company principal Lloyd Knight.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage

What inspires Brian Friedman.

Body: Buzz

The best face masks for skin "spring cleaning."

Fitness

The most common exercise mistakes dancers make.

The Look: Fashion

Matching dance team rehearsal-wear looks for your whole squad.

Style Lab

The prettiest printed leos.

Spotlight: Ballet

Why you shouldn't neglect your épaulement.

College Corner

Everything you need to know before choreographing for the first time.

You Should Know

Comp kid Madison Brown.

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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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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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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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