May/June 2016


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  • Up Front: The Dirt with Raven McRae

    A New Yorker through and through, Raven McRae lights up any stage with her big-city energy. She started training ... More »

  • Letter To My Teenage Self: Kellie Epperheimer

    For the past decade, Kellie Epperheimer has captivated Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s audiences with her graceful fluidity and elegant ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Former New York City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Dear Katie, I’m going to my ... More »

  • Broadway Baby

    Pint-size triple threat Evie Dolan has played bass-guitarist Katie in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock—The Musical since the ... More »

  • Farmer’s Market Picks

    It’s finally farmers’ market season! Every table is full of produce that looks perfectly delectable. But before grabbing one ... More »

  • Summer Level Letdown

    You fought through your audition nerves and earned admission to your dream summer program. You managed to pack all ... More »

  • Max Out Your Turnout

    Christina Pazcoguin, a teacher at Pure Barre in NYC and a former ballet dancers, walks us through three stretching ... More »

  • Skirting the Issue

    Step up your ballet skirt game with cool cuts, pretty patterns and bright colors. Related

  • Smooth Sailing

    Few things are as beautiful as a seamlessly executed grand rond de jambe: There’s something majestic about the high ... More »

  • Sand Dancing

    Five women in leather-soled boots sweep their feet across a sand-covered stage, accenting the music in maraca-like rhythms. With ... More »

  • Festival Fever

    Summer means ballet intensives and Nationals, right? Right. But it also means dancers are descending on college towns around ... More »

  • You Should Know: Nina Bartell

    Nina Bartell is such a complete performer that when she was crowned Teen Outstanding Dancer at the 2015 New ... More »

  • #Twinsies

    How did hip-hop prodigies Taylor Hatala and Larsen Thompson become the “Fraternal Twins”? Well, let’s see: Both are rising ... More »

  • How I Got The Gig

    Wondering how people actually book the dance world’s most coveted jobs? Cattle-call auditions aren’t the only route to a ... More »

  • Caught On Camera

    Odds are good you’ve seen a T. Milly—aka Tim Milgram—production: He’s filmed class routines for the likes of Tricia ... More »

  • The Cool Kid’s Guide to L.A.

    The City of Angels has a lot more to offer than overcrowded tourist spots. It’s also home to flourishing ... More »

  • Punk Ladies

    Release your inner rebel in edgy commercial looks that’ll set you apart from the crowd. Related

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Martha Graham Dance Company's Xin Ying (James Jin, courtesy Ying)

How to Dance Outside

We've all been stubbing our toes and whacking our elbows dancing in less-than-roomy indoor spots lately (hello, 5' x 8' patch of bathroom tile). If you're lucky enough to have access to a backyard or other big green space right now, you're probably itching to take your grand allegro outside, especially as the weather gets warmer. But how can you dance safely and productively in the great outdoors? We got pro tips from Mike Tyus of Jacob Jonas The Company and Xin Ying of Martha Graham Dance Company, both of whom were dancing outside long before COVID-19 hit.

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The Making of "Center Stage," as Remembered by Its Dance Stars

Whether you first watched it in a theater two decades ago or on Netflix last week, odds are you feel a deep connection to Center Stage. The cult classic, which premiered May 12, 2000, is arguably the greatest dance film ever made. (Dance obsessives might take issue with the "cult" before "classic," not to mention the "dance" before "film.") Jody Sawyer's ballet journey—which combines oh-wow-I've-had-those-blisters realism with wait-does-she-have-magic-color-changing-pointe-shoes fantasy—stands the test of time, early-aughts fashion be darned. We've memorized its highly quotable lines, laughed with (and, gently, at) its heroes, and been inspired by its sincere love of dance and dancers.

To celebrate Center Stage's 20th anniversary, we asked five of its dance stars to talk through their memories of the filming process. Here are their stories of on-set bonding, post-puke kissing scenes, and life imitating art imitating life.

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2020 Dance Grads: We Want to Put You on Our Cover!

Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.

Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!

Here's the plan:

  • If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
  • Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
  • At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
  • 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.

Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!

High School and College Senior Dancers: Submit Your Photo Here

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