July/August 2013


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  • Your Name in Lights

    Jakob Karr, with his amazing extensions, and Kamille Upshaw, with her captivating stage presence, made names for themselves by ... More »

  • The Best of Broadway

    From fairy godmothers to lions, witches and outrageous wardrobes, the Great White Way has something for everyone. Here’s your ... More »

  • Dream Weekend in NYC

    Visiting NYC this summer? The first thing you’ll realize is that the Big Apple is just that: big. Plus, ... More »

  • On The Side

    You’ve just earned your first professional dance job with a great, albeit small, ballet company. You’re overjoyed—until you realize ... More »

  • The Girls with the Golden Feet

    Each year the Dance Spirit editors discover that narrowing down the Cover Model Search competition to a few finalists ... More »

  • From Broadway to Book Deal

    Travel to NYC? Check. Audition for Broadway show? Check. Win the starring role in said Broadway show? Check! By ... More »

  • The Dirt with Mollee Gray and Kent Boyd

    What do you get when you mix sand, retro bikinis and your favorite dancers rockin’ out on top of ... More »

  • Meredith Webster

    Alonzo King LINES Ballet veteran Meredith Webster has a presence that goes beyond movement, filling not only the stage ... More »

  • Six Dance Bag Must-Haves + Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

    Six Dance Bag Must-Haves Whether you’re spending your summer competing at Nationals, taking classes at your studio or training ... More »

  • Say Cheese!

    Whether shredded, melted or sliced, cheese can transform an ordinary meal into a culinary delight. Unfortunately, it often gets ... More »

  • Are You Guilty?

    Let’s face it: Nobody’s perfect. Most dancers are guilty of some bad health habit, whether it’s late-night snacking or ... More »

  • Taking Times Square

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  • A Perfect Match?

    When a 15-year-old Daniella Karagach was first paired up with a 22-year-old Pasha Pashkov, she had her doubts. “My ... More »

  • Get Reel

    L.A.-based Haylee Roderick has been strutting her stuff on the commercial scene, dancing everywhere from “Glee” to the Academy ... More »

  • Dora Dolphin

    With a name like Dora Dolphin, you’re bound to be famous. But forget her catchy name—10-year-old Dora’s talent and ... More »

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How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

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!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

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.

Dance Spirit caught up with Burse to hear all about her first season with Complexions ahead of the contemporary ballet company's run at the Joyce Theater in NYC this month.

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