March 2016


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  • Up Front: Buzz with Paul Taylor Dance Company

    The vision for Paul Taylor’s reimagined company, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, becomes fully realized this month with its ... More »

  • Up Front: The Dirt with Samantha Galler

    A charmingly natural actress, Miami City Ballet corps member Samantha Galler has already tackled some of the ballet world’s ... More »

  • Letter to My Teenage Self: Anna Trebunskaya

    Ballroom icon Anna Trebunskaya, who returned to “Dancing with the Stars” this past fall after a five-season hiatus, is ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Dear Katie, I’m a strong dancer on flat, but once I put my pointe shoes on, everything falls apart. ... More »

  • My Life on a Cruise Ship

    Name the dance job, Taylor Gordon’s probably had it: The 27-year-old’s resumé includes performances with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, ... More »

  • Breathe Easy

    Breathe Easy Timing’s everything when it comes to dancing—right down to the timing of your breathing. And when the ... More »

  • Best Foot Forward

    Ah, feet—we point, stomp and crack them (and everything in between). And though dancing all day makes them strong, ... More »

  • Amazing Grace

    Gisele Bethea stands in the center of a rehearsal studio at American Ballet Theatre’s headquarters, breathing hard. The ABT ... More »

  • The Technique Question

    In today’s ballet world, dancers need to be adaptable. Long gone are the days when a few big companies would ... More »

  • Crazy Moments in Pointe Shoe History

    Ah, pointe shoes: We love those beautiful, glamorous torture devices! But pointework didn’t always look or feel the way ... More »

  • What I Love About My Body

    Pretty much every dancer has looked in the mirror and thought, “If only this one thing about my body ... More »

  • Shades of Spring

    From pretty pinks to hues of blue, these pastel pieces will freshen up your ballet classwear.   Related

  • My Perfect Shoes

    Six ballerinas discuss why they love their pointe shoes. Yuriko Kajiya, Principal, Houston Ballet Foot type: Wide and flat, with ... More »

  • From Barre to Center

    She just retired as a principal with Pacific Northwest Ballet, but as a teenager, Maria Chapman struggled to gain ... More »

  • Let’s Get Liberal

    If you’re thinking about majoring in dance at a liberal arts school, you’re probably already excited about the technique ... More »

  • Kenedy Kallas

    Kenedy Kallas is the complete package. Drool-worthy feet? Check. Effortless extension? Check. Work ethic and humility? Check and check. ... More »

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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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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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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


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