December 2017 Table of Contents

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The Lex Effect

He's danced on Broadway. He's toured with Shaping Sound. He's been crowned America's Favorite Dancer. What's next for the chameleon-like Lex Ishimoto?

Tap's Next Generation

The young dancers today's tap icons can't stop watching.

The Tap Family Tree

Tap's trailblazers are still relevant to how we dance today.

Up In Arms

Tap isn't only about fancy footwork.

The Speed Trap

Always rushing the music? Here's how to pump the brakes.

Not Your Average Nutcracker

Some of the most imaginative—and unusual—Nutcracker productions around.

Buzz

Behind-the-scenes scoop on The Greatest Showman.

The Dirt

Tap couple Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Hip-hop queen Taja Riley.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage

Where Spencer Liff finds inspiration.

Off The Record

Katarina Jakimier creates a ballet program for seniors.

Body Buzz

Electrolytes 101.

Nutrition

Everything you need to know about "clean eating."

Fashion

Our 2017 holiday gift guide.

Style Lab

Metallic dancewear that shimmers, glimmers, and shines.

Convention

The best places to stand in those crowded ballrooms.

You Should Know

Contemporary star Kalea Hidalgo

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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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