February 2018 Table of Contents


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He Ain't Sorry

Whether he's tilting in pink stilettos or tendu-ing in ballet slippers, Harper Watters is always undeniably unapologetically himself—and it's put him on the fast track to fame.

Dance Class Goes Digital

How can you make the most of online training opportunities?

The Multi-Hyphenate Dancer

Why—and how—so many young dancers are also pursuing careers as models, actresses, singers, and designers (or all of the above).

When Persistence Pays Off

Meet five dancers who auditioned multiple times for a gig they really, really wanted.

Up Front: Talk to Us

What people are saying about Dance Spirit.

Up Front: Buzz

The scoop on Broadway's new musical Frozen.

Up Front: The Dirt

Frozen's Kali Grinder.

24 Letter to My Teenage Self

San Francisco Ballet principal Dores André.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage

Where Molly Long finds inspiration.

Body: Buzz

The most common dancer toenail troubles.

Body: Health

How to deal with insomnia.

The Look: Fashion

Audition looks get detailed.

Spotlight: Hip Hop

How to battle like a champion.

Musical Theater

What it takes to be a dance captain.

College Corner

Overcoming injuries at school.

Get a Job

Acing the interview portion of auditions.

Branch Out

Dancer Lee Gumbs' rising photography fame.

You Should Know

Contemporary (and ballroom!) kid Carter Williams.

It's a Ziegler Zamboni! (screenshot via YouTube)

Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)

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Just for Fun
Three of our Insta faves (Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, Robert Roldan, and Gaby Diaz) in one photo!

It's safe to say that we're obsessed with the "So You Think You Can Dance" All Stars. Over the past few seasons, we've loved seeing them up on that "SYT" stage, guiding each new batch of contestants. Unsurprisingly, many of the All Stars are as charismatic online as they are onscreen. While we wait to hear which All Stars will be involved in Season 16, here are six from years past that you should totally be following on Insta.

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Just for Fun
Sage Humphries rehearsing "White" (Brooke Trisolini, courtesy Boston Ballet)

It's been an eventful few months for Sage Humphries, to say the least. Last November, the Boston Ballet company member made her (very well-received) choreographic debut with a piece called YOU, part of the company's BB@home: ChoreograpHER program. Just one week later, Humphries sustained an injury that kept her offstage for a couple of months. But she didn't have much downtime: Artistic director Mikko Nissinen soon asked Humphries to make a piece for Boston Ballet's first-ever appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival. Now that Humphries is back in the studio, Dance Spirit caught up with her to talk about making ballet rock, working with her composer brother, and what it's like to see her name next to William Forsythe's.

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