In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I used to love dance so much, but I've been injured on and off for the past year, and I feel like I'm losing hope and motivation. What can I do to get excited about dancing again? Or is this a sign that I should just quit?
Every single dancer goes through a phase like this! You're not alone. Start by thinking about why you started dancing in the first place. Was it the movement? The music? Once you can pinpoint where your desire sparked, that can help you find your motivation again. You can also give yourself a time limit. Commit to dance with everything you have for six months or a year. If you rediscover your motivation and desire during that time, wonderful! If not, then you'll know that it might be time to move on. And that's OK. You aren't a failure if you decide to quit. But committing 100 percent for a certain period of time will help you realize if this is what you want to do or not.
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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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:
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When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
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.