Dance News
Photo by Luc Kordas

If there's one thing all dancers can agree on, it's the indescribable thrill of that pre-performance feeling. You know the one I'm talking about: a sudden rush of pure adrenaline, a stomach full of butterflies, and an overwhelming sense of calm, all mixed together. That feeling is ever-present in "Nocturnes," a beautiful series of images shot by photographer Luc Kordas.

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Health & Body
Photo by Lucas Chilczuk

Chances are, you've done planks, push-ups, squats, and crunches for so long, you could whip them out in your sleep. But there's a fine—and critical—line between executing these moves and executing them properly. Dance Spirit turned to Anna Acciarino, PT, DPT, ATC, from Manhattan Physio Group in NYC, for a breakdown of the subtle yet significant mistakes you might be making.

Photos by Lucas Chilczuk. Modeled by Brittany Shinay.

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Dance Videos
(Screenshot via YouTube)

What better way to ring in spring than with a beautifully minimal new video from the genius mind of Mari Madrid?

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Health & Body
Photo by Erin Baiano

We've all seen the videos on Instagram: a professional ballerina, casually perched atop a BOSU ball, développé-ing like it's no big deal. When done properly, BOSU ball exercises are both insanely impressive and incredibly effective for strengthening your core, ankles, and overall stability. Dance Spirit turned to Joel Prouty, a NYC-based personal trainer and injury prevention/exercise-conditioning specialist, for his top three BOSU ball moves, ranging from easy to hard.

Photos by Erin Baiano. Modeled by Lauren Post, dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

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Dance News
The Chase Brock Experience opening the show (via NYCDA's Facebook)

Last night at the Joyce Theater in NYC, The New York City Dance Alliance Foundation hosted its 8th annual "Destiny Rising" college scholarship gala, and wow, was it a spectacularly moving night. Why, you ask? Where to even begin.

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Health & Body
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Chances are, you've seen (and taken!) your fair share of face-mask selfies. But not all masks are created equal. Some might smooth your skin so your stage makeup looks #flawless; others might brighten it so you don't need as much makeup to begin with. Dance Spirit turned to the experts for a breakdown of the different kinds of masks.

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Dancer to Dancer
Ailey II's Jessica Amber Pinkett in Juel D. Lane's "Touch & Agree" (photo by Shoccara Marcus, courtesy AAADT)

Every March, when NYC is deep in the winter blues, Ailey II's exciting season fires up at just the right moment. And this year is no different: They've got a roster of fiercely talented dancers, and a slew of premieres (as well as returning favorites) to boot. Dance Spirit caught up with Jessica Amber Pinkett, now in her second season with Ailey II, for a rundown on her rehearsals, pre-performance rituals, and more.

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Dance Videos
A still from "Dance Academy: The Comeback" (courtesy Grand Communications)

Remember when, back in 2010, a group of insanely talented, ambitious Australian teenagers took the dance TV world by storm? I'm obviously talking about Dance Academy, which (in my humble opinion) was the greatest dancy show of all time. It was a total blow when the series wrapped up in 2013 and we were forced to bid farewell to Tara, Kat, Abigail, Ben, Christian, and the rest of the stellar cast. But this past weekend, the dance gods bestowed quite the gift upon us: a full-length movie, Dance Academy: The Comeback (*cue screams*).

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