March 2019 Table of Contents



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Living the Dream

Get to know ABT Studio Company standout Chloe Misseldine.


My First Pair

Six professional ballerinas share their earliest pointe shoe memories.


The Life of a Pointe Shoe

Follow American Ballet Theatre principal Devon Teuscher's pointe shoes from a fitting to the stage.


Help! I Think My Friend Has an Eating Disorder

Advice from professionals on what you can do to help.


Buzz

Inside Houston Ballet's exciting premieres.


The Dirt

Dorrance Dance's Elizabeth Burke.


Letter to My Teenage Self

Miami City Ballet's Jeanette Delgado.


Body Buzz

How to make sure you stay hydrated.


Nutrition

Everything you need to know about the keto diet.


Fitness

Exercises that'll prepare you for pointework.


The Look

Fresh takes on ballet's classic heroines.


Beauty

Cute and easy class styles for natural hair.


Competition

A day in the life of a comp judge.


Ballet

Why pirouettes from fifth can be so hard—and how to make them easier.


College Corner

Why you should build your peer network—and how to do it.


Get a Job

The photo portfolio you need to book jobs.


You Should Know

Ballet standout Destiny Wimpye.

Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)

In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."

Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)

Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!

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