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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5 of the Danciest TV Shows Streaming Right Now (and Where to Stream Them)

We're about two months into #SocialDisDancing, and let's be real—while we all wish we were spending every spare minute stretching, cross-training, or taking online classes, sometimes we just need to Netflix and chill.

We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.

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The cast of Center Stage in a promotional poster (courtesy Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

The Making of "Center Stage," as Remembered by Its Dance Stars

Whether you first watched it in a theater two decades ago or on Netflix last week, odds are you feel a deep connection to Center Stage. The cult classic, which premiered May 12, 2000, is arguably the greatest dance film ever made. (Dance obsessives might take issue with the "cult" before "classic," not to mention the "dance" before "film.") Jody Sawyer's ballet journey—which combines oh-wow-I've-had-those-blisters realism with wait-does-she-have-magic-color-changing-pointe-shoes fantasy—stands the test of time, early-aughts fashion be darned. We've memorized its highly quotable lines, laughed with (and, gently, at) its heroes, and been inspired by its sincere love of dance and dancers.

To celebrate Center Stage's 20th anniversary, we asked five of its dance stars to talk through their memories of the filming process. Here are their stories of on-set bonding, post-puke kissing scenes, and life imitating art imitating life.

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2020 Dance Grads: We Want to Put You on Our Cover!

Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.

Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!

Here's the plan:

  • If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
  • Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
  • At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
  • 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.

Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!

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