Winter's in full swing, which means Sundays are now reserved for watching your favorite dance videos on repeat. We've done the hard work for you and rounded up the best of the best. From full-length ballets to competition drama, there's something for everyone. Check it out and happy #LazySunday!
For the Bunheads:
Need an extra shot of Christmas spirit? Cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate and watch New York City Ballet's entire 1993 production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
For the Commercial Queens and Kings:
It's no secret that anything Tim Milgram touches turns to gold, and this collab with Lindsay Nelko, Jade Chenowyth, Anthony Westlake and Noah Tratree is no exception (not to mention, one of our all-time favorites).
For the Competition and Convention Lovers:
Comp kids, your dedication is unrivaled. After spending weekends hopping from state to state and ballroom to ballroom, you deserve to unwind. And our original series, "The Road to Nationals," is the perfect way to do that. Check it out here.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:
vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.
Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.