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.

Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)

In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."

Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)

Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!

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