May/June 2018 Table of Contents


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Kate the Great

Chameleonlike dancer and choreographer Kate Harpootlian approaches her career with equal parts humor, heart, and hard work.


From the Comp Stage to the Small Screen

Why so many competition kids are making their way to the world of reality TV contests.


50 My Dream L.A. Day

We asked four pros living in L.A. to craft their ideal itineraries for all things dance and more.


It Gets Better—Really

Five queer dance pros talk about what it was like for them to come out.


Up Front: Buzz

A sneak peek at Mia Michaels' new book.


The Dirt

New York City Ballet's Indiana Woodward.


Letter to My Teenage Self

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Fana Tesfagiorgis.


Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.


Off the Record

Sydney Magruder Washington shares her journey with depression and anxiety.


Body: Buzz

The performance-enhancing benefits of spices and herbs.


Mind

What happens when you and your partner don't see eye to eye?


Health

Clear up common misconceptions about your period.


The Look: Fashion

Get wild in jungle-inspired commercial outfits.


Style Lab

The prettiest watercolor gear.


Choreography

Tips for creating collaboratively.


Spotlight: Tap

Troubleshooting turning in tap shoes.


College Corner

What to consider before taking a gap year.

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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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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.

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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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