May/June 2017 Table of Contents

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Parris Is Always A Good Idea
How Parris Goebel became the industry's most in-demand choreographer.

There's No Stopping BODYTRAFFIC
It's full speed ahead for the L.A.-based contemporary company, which is changing the face of concert dance in the City of Angels.

The Class Video Craze
Why class combos go viral, vid after vid.

Best of the West (Coast)
The non-L.A. dance hubs that should be on your radar.

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on Parsons Dance's NYC season; "So You Think You Can Dance" is back; Jennifer Lopez's "World of Dance" premieres this month.

Up Front: The Dirt
Innovative duo Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez.

Quiz
Which dance movie heroine is your spirit animal?

Letter to My Teenage Self
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Noelani Pantastico.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Off The Record
Comp star Jaycee Wilkins' battle with Perthes disease.

Body Buzz
What your hip pain really means.

Mind
How to deal when you don't get along with your teacher.

Health
Are you too stressed?

Fashion
Bold commercial looks that prove more is more.

Style Lab
Witty t-shirts take center stage.

Spotlight: Ballet
Pointe shoe padding 101.

Spotlight: Tap
Playing with tone.

College Corner
Six seniors on their favorite summers.

You Should Know
Contemporary standout Kele Roberson.

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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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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.

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