Dear Katie: I Love Performing, But I Dread Class!

Jayme Thornton

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

I love performing, but I dread class and rehearsals. They're so boring! How can I find my passion in the studio as well as onstage?

Olivia

Dear Olivia,

Class and rehearsals may not be as exciting as performing, but they're essential to building your craft as a dancer. Start by reframing your perspective. Think of the studio as a place where you don't have to be afraid to fail. Go for that third pirouette; push your stamina to its limit. The harder you work and the more you focus in class and rehearsals, the more confident and free you'll feel onstage. To fight off boredom, give yourself mini goals each day: “Today I'm going to focus on my alignment in class" or “In today's rehearsal, I want to work on my artistry." Zooming in on the details will keep your daily routine from feeling like a never-ending grind. Every moment in the studio is an opportunity to improve!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

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Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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