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.

Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)

Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.

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Rochelle Mendoza-Axle, Courtesy Stiskin

In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:

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Sponsored by Joffrey Ballet School

Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.

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