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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How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

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Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


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