July/August 2015 Table of Contents

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High Strung's High Drama
Get ready for the hottest dance movie of the summer, starring Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood.

Which Broadway Show Is Your Life?
Take our quiz to find out.

Presenting Dance Spirit's Broadway Awards
The Great White Way is full of award-worthy dance action.

Becoming Pan
Melanie Moore leads a backstage tour of Finding Neverland.

25 NYC Life Hacks
How to handle the city like a pro.

"Ouch" Doesn't Have to Mean "Goodbye"
What to do if you get injured at your summer intensive.

Meet the 2015 Cover Model Search Finalists
Introducing Michelle May, Jordan Pelliteri and Gabriella Stilo.

Up Front: Buzz
Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and dancer Sasha Hutchings talk about Hamilton on Broadway.

Up Front: The Dirt
Internet hip-hop sensation Adi Malcolm.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Choreographer Bobby Newberry.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz
Treat yo' self with relaxing indulgences; food to relieve painful sunburn.

Health
Your unhealthiest everyday habits.

Fashion
Jazz dancewear inspired by iconic NYC landmarks.

Beauty
How to properly secure stage wigs.

Spotlight: Musical Theater
Expert advice for singing and dancing—simultaneously.

Spotlight: Ballet
Tips and tricks to improve your petit allégro.

Branch Out
Dancer-turned-costume designer Reid Bartelme.

College Corner
Dance in the ivy leagues.

You Should Know
Budding ballerina Florrie Geller.

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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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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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Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

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