May/June 2014


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  • Crazy in Love: Hollywood’s Dance Power Couples

    Mark Kanemura & Jeremy Hudson It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and Mark Kanemura and Jeremy Hudson are holding ... More »

  • Small Town, Big Dreams

    You know the story: a performer from Nowhere, USA, works hard her whole life and becomes a talented unknown. ... More »

  • Lasting Connections

    One of the biggest perks of a summer intensive is meeting great people. In just a few weeks, you ... More »

  • If You’ve Got It…

    Got rock-hard abs, crazy-long legs or a beautiful back? Show ’em off at your next commercial audition!   Related

  • Double Duty

    Dancers pack a lot of gear—leotards, tights, shorts, tops, skirts, sweaters and tons of shoes. And that doesn’t even ... More »

  • It’s Tony Time!

    The Tony Awards celebrate Broadway’s best and brightest. This year, they’ll be broadcast live from NYC on June 8, ... More »

  • The Dirt

    Zendaya has come a long way since her first hip-hop classes at 8 years old. Growing up in Oakland, ... More »

  • Letter To My Teenage Self

    Kathleen Breen Combes may be only 5′ 4″, but she looks like the tallest person onstage—an optical illusion created ... More »

  • My Week at the Prix de Lausanne

    Houston Ballet II’s Tyler Donatelli was one of only 10 dancers from the United States accepted to compete at ... More »

  • Stinky Situations + Snack Away Stress

    B.O. got you down? Don’t sweat it! These three DS-approved deodorants will help you fight the stench during summer ... More »

  • The “I” in Team

    You’re used to dancing solos at competition, but now you’ve been cast in a large group piece. Or maybe ... More »

  • I Love Going Out to Eat!

    You’re at a Mexican restaurant with some friends, and the food looks amazing. You see nachos smothered in cheese, ... More »

  • Mastering Adagio

    In Act II of Giselle, the ballerina stands center stage and dances an adagio—without a partner. She has to ... More »

  • Tap the Tale

    We’ve all been captivated by dances that skillfully blend beautiful technique with an engaging storyline: classic ballets, rousing Broadway ... More »

  • Sophia Anne Caruso

    When NBC aired The Sound of Music Live!, viewers fell in love with the 12-year-old triple threat playing Brigitta ... More »

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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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