Because if her Vegas show is any indication, this musical is going to be all dance, all the time. (Denise Truscello, courtesy Caesars Entertainment)

7 Dancers Who Need to Be in the Britney Spears Musical

Yes, you read that right: The Britney Spears musical is officially happening, and we are SHOOK! In addition to having perhaps the most fabulous title in the history of musical titles—Once Upon a One More Time (!!!)—it also features choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid, which means it's sure to be super dancy. So, which dancers are going to bring it to life? Here are seven we're hoping will be cast in the show.


Nick Adams

Broadway vet Nick Adams is a HUGE Britney fan stan and has performed her songs in concert a ton of times, so it only makes sense that he should have a part in the show.

Sarah Mitchell

In addition to having already danced with Britney, Sarah Mitchell has also performed with Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Vanessa Hudgens, and so many more stars. Clearly, she has the skillz to pay the billz.

Kaylie Yee

Kaylie served as dance captain on Britney's "Piece of Me" tour, so she'd be the perfect addition to the musical.

Adrian Lee

It's about time the fabulously versatile Adrian came back to the boards—and what better show for him to make his return in than Britney's?!

Aja DePaolo

Aja DePaolo has also danced with Britney before—as well as Selena Gomez, The Jonas Brothers, and basically every other artist we love.

Charlie Williams

Broadway fav Charlie Williams would be a gorgeous addition to the ensemble—and since he's been dabbling in choreography recently, he could make a great assistant to Keone and Mari and/or dance captain.

BRITNEY SPEARS

UMMM WOULD YOU DIE IF BRIT HERSELF MADE AN OPENING-NIGHT CAMEO???? WE WOULD DIEEEEEEEE.

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Lizzo's Leading Ladies: Meet the Big Grrrls

Rising pop superstar Lizzo is changing the game in all kinds of ways. (A singer who also raps and plays the flute? You'd better believe it.) But she's become an especially important leader in the body-positivity revolution. And that emphasis on diversity and self-love extends to her fabulous group of backup dancers, known as The Big Grrrls.

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7 of the Best TikTok Dance Challenges to Learn While Stuck at Home

Right now, a lot of us are social-distancing. Which is a good thing for the community. But for dancers, being at home—read: not in the studio—can be especially tough.

Enter TikTok. The app is blowing up right now, with everyone from Hailey Bieber to LeBron James to former Bachelorette (and "Dancing with the Stars" champ) Hannah Brown making accounts to stave off the stir-craziness.

To get you started on your TikTok journey, Dance Spirit rounded up seven of the best dances for you to learn. And when you're ready to share the fruits of your TikTok labors, be sure to tag us @dancespiritmagazine—we'll repost some of our faves!

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

Margaret

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