Five Things I Learned During My First Week at Dance Spirit
Me (on the left) with the DS Team!
On Tuesday morning, I cut my knuckles on a kitchen knife. My roommates and I just moved into our new apartment in the big city, and since we all like to cook, we thought it’d be fun to hang our fancy chef knives on the wall of our tiny kitchen. But as I held my two fingers, jumping up and down and trying to stifle a yelp, I realized how not fun that decorating idea was. After about thirty seconds of heavy sighing, I sucked it up, threw on a couple of Band-Aids, and walked out the door. There was no time for whining (or redecorating). It was time to go to my first day of work as assistant editor at Dance Spirit.
By the time I walked into the office, I had pretty much forgotten about the morning’s incident. Instead, I kept thinking to myself—Smile. Don’t trip. Don’t say something dumb! Getting a job at Dance Spirit was a dream come true, and I was not about to let the swarm of butterflies in my stomach ruin it for me!
It’s hard to believe that was less than a week ago. I may still have cuts on my fingers, but I’m glad to say those butterflies are gone, and I’m already starting to feel at home here at DS. More importantly, I’ve already learned A LOT.
So here it is—Five things I learned during my first week at Dance Spirit:
1. I have a lot to learn!
As a former subscriber to DS, I guess I never really considered how much work goes into producing this magazine. On the one hand, I’m terrified (I can do this right?). On the other, I’m excited. I get a behind the scenes look at how DS is made… every day!
2. Work can be fun!
This is my first job out of college. I am so lucky to have my introduction to the “real world” occur in such a friendly, warm and fun environment!
3. The talent out there is ridiculous.
This week, I’ve had the pleasure of going through tons of YouTube videos of insanely talented young dancers. It makes me so happy to see the future looking so bright!
4. I love NYC.
Like I said, I just moved here. And as I sat in Lincoln Center watching New York City Ballet with associate editor Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday night, I knew that I was finally home.
5. Dance is so cool.
Okay, so I obviously already knew this. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be working here! But getting to spend every day surrounded by all things dance just reaffirms my love for this art.
Needless to say, “excited” is an understatement for how I feel about this new job!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer