Anthony Morigerato teaching at NUVO (Laura Van Riper, Courtesy Break The Floor Productions)
Tapper Anthony Morigerato is known for performances that are at once quietly soulful and rhythmically astounding—in fact, he currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most tap sounds (1,163!) in one minute. Morigerato always knew he wanted to be a professional dancer. He started training at age 4 in jazz, tap, musical theater and ballet at Eleanor’s School of Dance in upstate New York. While still in high school, he began teaching tap and performing with Mike Minery’s Tapaholics. Today, Morigerato is on faculty at NUVO Dance Convention & Competition and teaches master classes and workshops worldwide. His choreography has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance.” —Jenny Dalzell
Slow down. You can’t force your dreams to come true. Fate doesn’t follow your expectations—everything occurs in its own space and time. Know that in anything you attempt, there will be both failure and success. Learn from each, and move forward regardless.
Morigerato at 13 years old (Courtesy Morigerato)
Herein lies the path to realizing your dreams: Be kind to others and to yourself. Be appreciative of your teachers and diligent in applying their corrections. Be humble when accepting praise and work ferociously to develop stronger technique. Dare to find deeper levels of artistry. Respect the rules, but be willing to break them when necessary. Always be generous when sharing your passion, love and exuberance for art making. Be there for your students, even when they’re no longer your students. Take pride in the fact that your students will one day surpass your knowledge and ability. Be a worthy role model.
Most important, never forget the love your parents have given you. Honor them, and know that you owe your success to their unwavering support and to the sacrifices they’ve made for you.
Live your dreams fully, and inspire others to live theirs.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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.