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.

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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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