March 2018 Table of Contents


Subscribe now!

The Misty Effect

These 10 young, talented, driven black ballerinas grew up watching Misty Copeland—and now they're taking the spotlight themselves.

Ballet with a Twist

10 contemporary ballet companies you should be obsessed with.

Secrets of the Shoe Room

Inside New York City Ballet's pointe shoe palace.

Fashionably Late

Advice for ballet's late starters.

Your Best Extension

Here's how to make the most of what you've got—whether or not you're #blessed with bendiness.

Up Front: Buzz

Red Sparrow hits theaters; My Fair Lady opens on Broadway; Paul Taylor American Modern Dance opens its spring season.

Up Front: The Dirt

Boston Ballet second soloist Addie Tapp.

Letter to My Teenage Self

American Ballet Theatre principal Sarah Lane.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your dance questions.

Diary

Ballroom dancer Kamri Peterson competes at ballroom Worlds in Paris.

Body: Buzz

The health benefits of eating colorful foods.

Nutrition

Everything you need to know about non-dairy milks.

Fitness

BOSU ball exercises that'll strengthen and stabilize.

The Look: Fashion

Edgy, cool-girl looks to rock in your next ballet class.

Beauty

Not-so-basic braids.

Spotlight: Competition

How to lose gracefully.

College Corner

What to know before declaring a dance major.

You Should Know

"World of Dance" standout Eva Igo.

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

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search