July/August 2018 Table of Contents


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Sky High

High Strung: Free Dance, the sequel to 2016's epic High Strung, is about to hit theaters. We've got all the details on the super-dancy film—and its drop-dead-gorgeous star, ballerina Juliet Doherty.


The Big Apple on a Bite-Sized Budget

Follow your NYC dance dreams without breaking the bank.


Presenting Dance Spirit's Annual Jazz Hand Awards

We rate the hottest new Broadway shows according to danciness.


Broadway Casting Director's Pet Peeves

Four directors share their biggest audition "don'ts"—and what to do instead.


Let's Take This Show on the Road

The intricate behind-the-scenes logistics of The Phantom of the Opera's North American tour.


Living the High (Heels) Life

Dancing confidently in heels isn't just fun—it's also one of the keys to a successful commercial career.


Meet the 2018 Cover Model Search Finalists

Introducing Sydney Burtis, Shelby Patterson, and Jacalyn Tatro.


The Buzz

The scoop on Isabella Boylston's Ballet Sun Valley Festival.


The Dirt

Carousel's Jess LeProtto.


Letter to My Teenage Self

Norwegian National Ballet soloist Whitney Jensen.


Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.


Diary

We went behind the scenes of NBC's live taping of Jesus Christ Superstar.


Body Buzz

Everything you need to know about knee pain.


Fitness

Exercises to strengthen and stretch your quads.


Fashion

Groovy jazz looks that channel the 1970s.


Spotlight: Modern

The keys to mastering release technique.


College Corner

What happens when your college doesn't have a dance department.


Branch Out

How Kelly Schmutte of PerfectFit Pointe created an innovative pointe shoe pad solution.


You Should Know

Contemporary standout Bella Klassen.

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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.'"

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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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