Beauty

The 5-Minute Face

Professional makeup artist Tonya Noland shows you how to keep your face looking fresh—even when you're in a rush.


Cat Eyes

Three bold looks to make your eyes pop

 

 


How To: Curls

Whether your dance team is searching for a hot new look or you just want to glam up for a night out, this curly 'do will make you feel gorgeous.

 


Oh Là Là

Ditch your basic bun for a chic French twist with a few easy steps.

 


Totally Twiggy

Get the iconic look of this oh-so-glam supermodel.

 

 


Summer Makeup Looks

Make your favorite features pop with these pretty palettes.


Sock It to 'Em

How to style a perfect bun—with the help of a sock.


Makeup Removal 101

How to take off your makeup without harming your skin.


Down 'Dos

Three ways to wear your hair down—and keep it out of your face—while you dance.


Copy Cat

Glamazon Cat Deeley spills the secrets to one of her fabulous looks.


Bunhead Beauties

Try these softer, more contemporary versions of our favorite classical ballet hairstyles.


The Johawk

Joey Dowling spills the secrets to her signature 'do, which has become a hot trend on the comp circuit.


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How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

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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Catching Up With Christian Burse, Comp Kid Turned Complexions Rising Star

With her nearly limitless facility, well-timed dynamics and incredible control, Christian Burse's future as a dancer was guaranteed to be bright. A student at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, TX, Burse has consistently made waves: She won first runner-up for Teen Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2019, received a grant for summer study at Juilliard from the Texas Young Masters program in 2020, and was named a YoungArts finalist for dance in 2021.

So, it wasn't all that surprising when Burse announced that, at just 17 years old, she would be joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the company's 2021–22 season.

Dance Spirit caught up with Burse to hear all about her first season with Complexions ahead of the contemporary ballet company's run at the Joyce Theater in NYC this month.

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