February 2019 Table of Contents

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Doing the Hustle

How some of the most talented dancers are living the freelance dream, not daydreaming about a company gig.

So You Think You Need a Website

With the right approach and content, you can make a website work for you.

Audition #Fails

Five pros spill on the moments that went oh so wrong.


The scoop on Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate revival.

The Dirt

Camille A. Brown dancer Maleek Washington.

Letter to My Teenage Self

New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin.

Choreographer's Collage

Where Nick Young finds inspiration.


A week in the life of ABT apprentice Abbey Marrison.

Body Buzz

Pamper yourself with self-care this Valentine's Day.


Everything you need to know about cupping.

The Look

What you should actually wear to auditions—according to directors.


Upping your improv game.

Musical Theater

How to tackle the most common singing and acting mistakes dancers make.

College Corner

Should you graduate early?

Branch Out

Inside Adrienne Gregorek's life as a dance physical therapist.

You Should Know

Rising star Kiarra Waidelich.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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Read Emma's profile here

And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.

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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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