Kate's Note

Not too long ago I was walking around the reservoir in Central Park when I spotted film star and NYC resident Kevin Bacon out for a run with his dog. (Bacon starred in the original Footloose movie, now being remade with Chace Crawford in his part!) Over the years, I’ve glimpsed handfuls of celebrities going about their daily business in the Big Apple. (I even saw First Lady Michelle Obama at American Ballet Theatre’s gala last May.)


But what fascinates me the most about NYC is the people I don’t recognize. I know I walk by people who are amazing every day. I even often dream of freezing the street to ask everyone where they’re going and what they are doing. It seems to me that, especially in the dance world, everyone is here for a purpose. You don’t just “hang out” in NYC. (It’s too expensive.) You have to be working, striving, creating! It’s that energy and life that gives NYC its exciting edge.


So when Lauren Levinson, DS’ associate/fashion editor, ran into my office and suggested that for this year’s NYC guide we go to the source of the city’s dance cool—its residents—I said, “Yes!” In “18 Bites of the Big Apple” (p. 59) we asked dance pros and students (from the ever awesome, Brooklyn-based Mark Morris to hot ballet newcomer Beatriz Stix-Brunell) to speak about their most beloved NYC classes, company performances, festivals and hangouts!


The Great White Way and its Broadway dance scene are at the heart of NYC. So for our seven-page fashion feature, “In the Spotlight” (p. 42), we photographed seven emerging Broadway stars in looks inspired by their shows.


And we even got to bring three up-and-coming teens to NYC (well, one is studying at Juilliard already) to be photographed for our 2009 Cover Model Search Contest sponsored by Discount Dance Supply! Turn to p. 69 to find out who our finalists are. Then log on to dancespirit.com/ to vote for your favorite! One lucky winner will grace the cover of our October issue.


My husband’s favorite thing about NYC is that it belongs to everyone—those who were born here, those who have moved here, those who visit here and those who have not been here yet. This issue is our love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world and to the people who make it that way!

Keep striving!

Latest Posts

Photo by Jayme Thornton

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.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

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.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

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.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search