January 2018 Table of Contents

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A Char Char-med Life

Charlize Glass isn't the cute little girl in that Beyoncé video anymore. She's become a professional dancer with a flavah all her own.

What Summer Intensive Directors Are Really Thinking at Auditions

The scoop on how to stand out.

The Summer Study Style Challenge

Why a summer program is the perfect place to try out an unfamiliar technique.

The Dance Spirit 2018 Summer Study Guide

Get essential info on hundreds of intensives.

Plié—and Sautée!

Recipes from dancers who know their way around a kitchen.

Up Front: Buzz

How companies around the U.S. are celebrating choreographer Jerome Robbins' 100th birthday.

Up Front: The Dirt

Martha Graham Dance Company dancer Marzia Memoli.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Broadway dancer Ryan Steele.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz

All about cramps and spasms.


Exercises to combat hyperextension probs.


Outfits that go from the gym to dance class.

Style Lab

Crazy-cute crop tops.

Modern Spotlight

Mastering Trisha Brown's signature style.

College Corner

Why you should be using your campus' career services office.

Future Star

The second round of 2017 winners.

You Should Know

Contemporary mini Brightyn Brems.

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On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

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Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

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Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

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Catching Up With Christian Burse, Comp Kid Turned Complexions Rising Star

With her nearly limitless facility, well-timed dynamics and incredible control, Christian Burse's future as a dancer was guaranteed to be bright. A student at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, TX, Burse has consistently made waves: She won first runner-up for Teen Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2019, received a grant for summer study at Juilliard from the Texas Young Masters program in 2020, and was named a YoungArts finalist for dance in 2021.

So, it wasn't all that surprising when Burse announced that, at just 17 years old, she would be joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the company's 2021–22 season.

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