November 2016


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  • Eat Your Heart Out

    Thanksgiving dinner is one of those moments where it’s more than okay to help yourself to everything. And you ... More »

  • Going to the Gyno

    OK, so going to the gynecologist isn’t exactly fun. But the good thing about your annual visit is that ... More »

  • Get Your Head In the Game

    Headspins are one of the ultimate b-boy and b-girl tricks, and seem to defy the laws of physics. But ... More »

  • Solo Solutions

    When you already have a stellar competition solo, it can feel like a drag to learn and rehearse a ... More »

  • Making Photos Dance

    Every NYC Dance Project image feels like a glimpse into something greater: a dance that’s happening behind a curtain, ... More »

  • You Should Know: Eden Galloway

    Eden Galloway may have won Mini Female Outstanding Dancer at the 2016 New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, but ... More »

  • Emma the Enigma

    Emma Portner is at a crossroads. At only 21 years old, she’s already had the kind of opportunities most ... More »

  • From the Page to the Stage

    When the curtains rose on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in November 2015, the audience ... More »

  • In the Books

    A choreographer’s notebook can be a very private thing. After all, it’s where she crafts concepts, scribbles formations and ... More »

  • Digging Deep

    You already know that taking on a new role requires lots of homework, from perfecting the steps to figuring ... More »

  • Face Off

    There are zillions of makeup goodies out there, and just as many ways to wear them. Rather than spending ... More »

  • All That Glitters

    All that glitters doesn’t have to be gold! These costumes add the extra sparkle and shine you need for ... More »

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5 of the Danciest TV Shows Streaming Right Now (and Where to Stream Them)

We're about two months into #SocialDisDancing, and let's be real—while we all wish we were spending every spare minute stretching, cross-training, or taking online classes, sometimes we just need to Netflix and chill.

We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.

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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!

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