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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Sounding Off: Here's What Your Favorite Musicians Think of Dance Routines Set to Their Songs

In the competition world, a small group of musicians has attained almost cultlike status, with choreographers turning to their tracks over and over. We know how we feel about these bangers—there's a reason we can't stop dancing to them—but how do the musicians feel about us? We caught up with three contemporary artists whose music has dominated the competition scene recently, and gauged their reactions to the dances set to their life's work.

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Challenge Your Friends and Family to This TikTok Ballet Quiz

The latest popular TikTok dance challenge isn't the "Renegade," or set to "Savage," by Megan Thee Stallion—it's testing how much your friends and family really know about what you do in the studio all day.

TikTok user @kayausvlogs recorded herself asking her partner to guess what common ballet terms look like based on the way they sound. The results were...mixed, to say the least—and pretty hilarious. Naturally, the trend went viral, and now dancers everywhere are testing their friends and family and posting the results. Here are some of our favorites.

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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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