We probably say this every month, but let us do it one more time: The latest issue of Dance Spirit is the best one yet.
No, really. I mean, take a look at the too-cute cover stars, Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss.
Oh yes. They're dating.
Could they possibly be any more in love? And any more talented? And any more perfect for the cover of this issue?
As soon as we found out these wildly attractive "So You Think You Can Dance" alums — she was on Season 2 and he was on Season 4 — were dating, we were on the next flight to L.A., ready to bombard them with a photo shoot.
OK, so that's not exactly how it went. We let them know we were coming. But we were truly thrilled to hear about their rock-solid romance, and we wanted to get the full story on how it happened and, more importantly, who made the first move. (Spoiler alert: she totally did, and he was clueless about it.)
Yes, tWitch and Allison are talented, and yes they're very much in love. But what was best about spending a day on set with the duo was witnessing their incredible amount of support for each other. They're not competitive, they didn't bicker over outfits, jobs or camera angles, and they were constantly feeding off each other, tweaking their moves and doing whatever they could to make the other person look even better.
They were striving for perfection, and it paid off. Check out the cover shot:
We wish Allison and tWitch all the best, both onstage and in their respective spotlights. We can't wait to see what the future holds for them.
In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to check out the pair online:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.