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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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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