May/June 2015


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  • Fond Farewells

    Carla Körbes’ Words of Wisdom After an illustrious career at Pacific Northwest Ballet, ballerina Carla Körbes is leaving the ... More »

  • The Dirt with Amanda Cleghorn

    One look at Amanda Cleghorn, and it’s easy to see why she was voted runner-up on “So You Think ... More »

  • Letter to My Teenage Self: Claudia Rahardjanoto

    Go see a tap show in NYC,  and there’s a pretty good chance Claudia Rahardjanoto will be dancing. As ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Dear Katie, This is my first year wearing pointe shoes, and I’m finding it difficult to jump—or even walk—without ... More »

  • Dancing It Forward

    When dancer Georgia Bernbaum was in fifth grade, she participated in a supply drive for the Coalition for the ... More »

  • Recital Rescues

    You’ve practiced your choreography half a million times, organized your costumes in show order and made checklist after checklist ... More »

  • I Dreamed a Dream

    The night before every big competition, 14-year-old Tessa Wilkinson, who dances with Plumb Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale, AZ, ... More »

  • Pre-Plié Prep

    We’ve all heard it: the chorus of cracking joints that comes with the first plié of class. A lot ... More »

  • The Dish on Paleo

    The Paleo, or “caveman,” diet is a growing trend in the dance world and beyond. Many dancers are turning ... More »

  • A Whole New Maddie

    About a year ago, Maddie Ziegler received a life-changing message…via Twitter. Edgy Australian musician Sia, who’d become a fan ... More »

  • Welcome to L.A.

    Whether you’re planning a move to Hollywood, new in town or visiting the area for just a week, let ... More »

  • Lights, Camera, Action!

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  • The “It” Pieces

    If you’re like most commercial dance fashionistas, your closet is probably stocked with today’s four must-haves: crop tops, printed ... More »

  • The Little Black Leo

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  • Hoofer Status

    When we talk about tap, we often use the terms “tapper” and “hoofer” interchangeably—but the two aren’t really synonymous. ... More »

  • The Right Questions

    College visits can feel totally overwhelming. You’re seeing one unfamiliar campus after another, trying to imagine what it would ... More »

  • You Should Know: Gabe De Guzman

    First and foremost, Gabe De Guzman is an entertainer. Whether he’s digging into choreography by hip hop’s hottest artists ... More »

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Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

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Dear Katie,

I'm a strong dancer, but I don't have a lot of flexibility. I stretch every day, but it feels like I'm getting nowhere. What can I do to get more flexible?

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