We have a Thanksgiving tradition here at Dance Spirit: Every November, I ask my fellow editors to send me a list of the dance performances/artists/trends/miscellany from the past year that made them grateful to be part of this wild, wonderful little world. Because we're always looking for excuses to celebrate all things dance—and what better excuse than #GratitudeSeason?

Without further ado, here are our dance-specific gratitude journals. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Cadence Neenan, Assistant Editor: I'm thankful for the chance to watch my #BachNation fave Hannah Beast compete (and WIN!) on "Dancing with the Stars," for all of the absolutely bonkers dancing going on in Moulin Rouge! The Musical (courtesy Sonya Tayeh), for the #LizzoBalletChallenge, and for literally everything Caleb Teicher does. Oh, and super thankful for my first few months at this amazing job, where I get to talk about dance all day, every day!

Amanda Sherwin, Assistant Managing Editor: I'm thankful for people of all ages and experience levels grooving together to celebrate National Dance Day, for the dance community in particular and their incredible support around #BoysDoBallet as we continue to break dance stereotypes, and for all the jaw-dropping, beautiful ways dance was captured on film, from music videos to company promos to national commercials. Keep up all the positive energy, creativity, and pure joy for this art form we love.

Margaret Fuhrer, Editor in Chief (yours truly): I'm thankful for the (slow but steady) progress the dance world has made in terms of diversity and tolerance. I'm thankful to have been able to feature 18 mind-bogglingly talented artists on our cover over the past year. I'm thankful for the gorgeous ray of sunshine that is Mark Kanemura. And after nearly two decades of resenting the heck out of The Nutcracker (oh, the cynicism of a former bunhead), I'm once again thankful for that magical ballet, which I'll be seeing through new eyes when I take my 3-year-old to a performance next month.

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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.


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