December 2016


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  • Fighting Fatigue

    All dancers get tired—eventually an intense rehearsal or class schedule can take its toll. But some of us experience ... More »

  • Sweater Weather

    Keep warm in this winter’s most stylish sweaters! (Photos by Joe Toreno.) Related

  • Pointe Shoe #Hacks

    Every ballet dancer has a pointe shoe prep process that’s akin to a sacred ritual. And while some modifications ... More »

  • Caution: Toxic!

    A few years ago, 16-year-old Kayla Gonzalez found herself dancing alongside a mean-spirited girl. “She could be so rude,” ... More »

  • You Should Know: Lior Melnikov

    Though he says his favorite style is hip hop—and he can definitely hit hard when he needs to—Lior Melnikov’s ... More »

  • Kida the Great

    Precision. Musicality. Charm. Swag. Kida Burns’ talents were on full display during the finale of “So You Think You ... More »

  • The Wide World of Contemporary Dance

    Nederlands Dans Theater. Batsheva Dance Company. RUBBERBANDance Group. These companies top the dream-job list of many contemporary dancers, thanks ... More »

  • Ready, Set—Places!

    From meditation to Pilates to Drake playlists, no two preshow rituals include exactly the same ingredients. But just like ... More »

  • C’mon, Get Happy

    You trip and fall onstage, and the audience erupts into laughter. A total nightmare, right? Not if you’re choreographer ... More »

  • 25 Days of Gift-Mas

    We’ve picked out a plethora of perfect dancer-to-dancer prezzies—just for you! Related

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For years, it was hard for competition dancers to find professional jobs that made full use of their technical polish, astonishing versatility, and onstage ease. But recently, some (smart) companies have begun recruiting comp kids, drawn to their adaptability and fearlessness. We've compiled a list of nine companies that are fit for comp queens and kings. Get ready to put them on your audition radar.

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"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

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