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The Dance We're Thankful for This Year

Happy Thanksgiving, dance friends! Since today is a day for reflection and gratitude (and eating...so much eating), I asked my fellow Dance Spirit editors to tell me the dance-world things they're most grateful for. Here's what they had to say:


Courtney Bowers, managing editor: "I'm thankful for Jennifer Garner's hilarious ballet memes, Michaela DePrince's super-cool behind-the-scenes vlog, Janelle Ginestra's #Beastmode, and the magical Rockettes for always kicking off the festive holiday season perfectly."

Olivia Manno, assistant editor: "This year, I'm thankful for Dorrance Dance's insanely inspirational performance of Myelination at Fall for Dance, for Reid Bartelme and Jack Ferver saying everything we're thinking on their podcast 'What's Going On With Dance And Stuff,' and for Harper Watters and Chun Wai Chan doing the Spicy Noodle Challenge on an episode of 'The Pre Show,' which resulted in this very important content:"

Helen Rolfe, assistant editor: "Forever #grateful to live on the same planet as James Bruce Whiteside and his Instagram captions (which always make me giggle). Also pre-grateful that Allison Holker and tWitch are hosting this year's 'Disney's Fairytale Weddings' special on Freeform December 11—dreams really do come true, y'all."

And me? I'm thankful for Cosmo the Cougar's soul-destroying moves, and Yanis Marshall slaying on the runway at Fashion Week, and the fact that Mean Girls: The Musical is a real thing that exists now, and Tiler Peck's insane fouettés on a varnished wood floor—and, most of all, for this wild, wonderful job that lets me nerd out about dance 24/7.

Enjoy your turkey, everybody! 🦃 🦃 🦃

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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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