November 2012


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  • One-Girl Revolution

    Kathryn McCormick’s dance life seems pretty fairytale-esque: The 22-year-old native of Augusta, GA, was the top girl on “So ... More »

  • Acting Out

    Whether they’re kick-ball-changing into your living room on “Glee” or tearing up the silver screen in Step Up Revolution, ... More »

  • The Age Equation

    When it comes to dance, the general rule of thumb is that the younger you begin training, the better. ... More »

  • Giving Back

    Dance is the thing that inspires you every day, so why not use it to inspire others? Dance Spirit ... More »

  • My Favorite Costume

    APRIL DALY The Joffrey Ballet “All of Desdemona’s costumes in Lar Lubovitch’s Othello are amazing. They’re flowy and romantic. ... More »

  • Being Annie: Lilla Crawford on Her Starring Broadway Role

    It’s definitely not a hard-knock life for Lilla Crawford. At only 11 years old, she’s singing, dancing and acting her ... More »

  • The Dirt with Rachel Foster

    Rachel Foster is the image of power and athleticism. The Pacific Northwest Ballet principal excels at both the intricacy ... More »

  • Rennie Harris

    Rennie Harris is one of the most sought-after hip-hop choreographers today. Growing up in Philadelphia, PA, he danced with ... More »

  • Stress-Free Tresses

    Whether you’re slicking it into a tight ponytail or stabbing it with bobby pins to secure the perfect bun, ... More »

  • Warming Up

    When it comes time to perform, you can’t wait to be onstage. But preparing for a show takes more ... More »

  • Smart Snoozing

    School, dance classes, rehearsals, homework, family activities—a million things can push your daily wake-up time earlier and your bedtime ... More »

  • Four Seasons of Fashion

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  • Do This, Not That

    Competition weekends should be easy enough, right? Rehearse your stuff beforehand, arrive at the venue with your costumes ready ... More »

  • Learning to Fly

    As The Nutcracker’s familiar “Waltz of the Flowers” theme swells to its exciting finale, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Martina Chavez ... More »

  • Raising the Barre on Studio Snacks

    When Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley fell in love with dance—and each other—they had no idea their passion would ... More »

  • Camren Bicondova

    Whether she’s in class at L.A.’s Millennium Dance Complex, demonstrating at The PULSE On Tour or competing on “America’s ... 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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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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