It's "Smash" Day!

If you're as excited for tonight's premiere of "Smash" as we are—and you live in the NYC area—hurry your booty over to Broadway Dance Center for "Smash" Day! The show's choreographer, Josh Bergasse, is a regular BDC faculty member, so the studio is throwing a "Smash" bash to celebrate much-anticipated pilot episode!

Here's the run down:

Kiira Schmidt, "Smash" assistant choreographer, will be teaching Bergasse's choreography from the show tonight at BDC from 4-6 p.m.

Plus, LaDuca reps will be in attendance to raffle off a free pair of Teresa 3" shoes to one lucky student! (Best. Raffle. Ever. La Ducas are so lovely, but they cost a pretty penny.)  They'll also be giving out show bags and discount coupons to everyone in the class.

To wrap things up, there will be a free screening of the pilot episode at 10 p.m. in Studio 4. The show will be projected on the wall with plenty of popcorn and candy to share.

And let's be honest, is there anything better than watching a great dance show with other dancers? Never.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out DS editor Margaret Fuhrer's interview with one of the show's biggest stars, Megan Hilty. Then, watch the show tonight at 10/9c on NBC.

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(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 on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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