Fall 2019 Table of Contents

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The Dynamo

Darriel Johnakin is your 2019 Cover Model Search winner!

Love, Diego/Love, Emma

CMS runners-up Diego Pasillas and Emma Sutherland write thank-you letters to their fans

Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley's Favorite "SYTYCD" Routines of All Time

The numbers the "SYTYCD" icons can't live without.


Three professional dancers take us inside their dressing rooms for a behind-the-scenes look at everything from makeup to mementos.

Nationals Trendspotting

Top trends from this past summer's Nationals.

Seven Mistakes Dancers Make When Choosing a College Program

Don't let them happen to you!

"Should I Minor in Dance?"

For college-bound dancers, it's a major question.

Letter to My First-Year Self

Five senior dance majors reflect on their college experiences.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Ballet dancer turned Broadway star Robert Fairchild.

The Dirt

Rising Ailey II company member Caroline Theodora Dartey.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.


The differences between hot and ice baths—and when dancers should use each.


How overstretching can lead to inferior results and injury.


The right (and wrong) ways to do three key stretches.


Creating movement for inexperienced performers doesn't have to be daunting.

College Corner

The life-changing magic of office hours.

You Should Know

Comp star and bunhead Rebecca Myles Stewart.

Latest Posts

Photo by Joe Toreno. Hair by Marina Migliaccio and makeup by Lisa Chamberlain, both for the Rex Agency.

Sienna Lalau: The Dynamite Dancer and Choreographer Helping BTS Make Magic

At just 20 years old, Sienna Lalau is the living definition of "dynamite dancer": bold, confident, almost addicting to watch, and, at her core, overflowing with pure passion. From her work with The Lab Studios to Video Music Award–winning choreography for BTS, there's no stopping this starlet from bringing her love of dance to the global stage.

"Dance is something that can truly connect people," Sienna tells Dance Spirit. "It's a universal language. We may not speak the same language physically, but when we dance, there's a connection where we understand each other on another level."

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Tanishq Joshi brings his star quality to stage in his hometown of Indore, India (courtesy Tanishq Joshi)

Tanishq Joshi is Stomping on South Asian Stereotypes by Fusing Hip-Hop Choreo With Bollywood Music

For Tanishq Joshi (aka Taneesky), becoming a dancer was as unexpected as your music cutting off mid-performance. An unfortunate injury in his hometown of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, led to the more fortunate discovery of a new passion and a flourishing career.

Joshi's had the opportunity to choreograph and compete at "World of Dance" events, perform at the JaQuel Knight Showdown, and grace the stage at Pharrell Williams' "Something in the Water" concert. And that's all on top of work and training with dancers and choreographers like Devin Solomon, Denzel Chisolm, Josh Killacky, Samantha Caudle, and Jake Kodish.

Joshi shared his story with Dance Spirit, and broke down how his unique approach to choreography is helping him diminish stereotypes, open doors for South Asian dancers, and inspire the dance community at large.

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Houston Ballet Demi Soloist Natalie Varnum shows off her signature style (Claire McAdams, courtesy Houston Ballet)

Fashion Forward: 3 Pros Share What Goes into Their Dancewear Choices

When it comes to in-studio dancewear, the pros know that the right look, piece, or material can mean the difference between a day feeling confident and comfortable, or just plain out of sorts. With so much time spent honing their craft in dance clothes, choosing those items takes equal parts strategy, creativity and a healthy dose of fun.

Here, professional dancers Ian Eastwood, Karilyn Ashley Surratt, and Natlie Varnum share what goes into their fashion choices that enables them to look good, feel great, and turn heads in the studio.

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