November 2016 Table of Contents

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The Emma Enigma
Choreographer, dancer, artist: Emma Portner is forging her own path through the dance world.

Face Off
Four pros spill their makeup bags to walk us through the routines and products that get them stage-ready.

Digging Deep
What it takes to prepare for a new role—on and off the Marley.

Inside Three Choreographers' Notebooks
A glimpse inside three pros' choreography journals.

From the Page to the Stage
How three ballet company costume shops bring designers' visions to life.

Up Front: Buzz
Inside the new pieces debuting this fall at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Up Front: The Dirt
New York City Ballet dancer and Cats cast member, Georgina Pazcoguin.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Commercial queen—and Beyoncé dancer—Ebony Williams.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz
The nutritional benefits of feasting on Thanksgiving.

Health
Gynecologists answer your most frequently asked questions.

Fashion
Costumes get (super) sparkly this year.

Spotlight: Hip Hop
How to master the head spin.

College Corner
Tips to take your solo from comp stage to college audition.

Branch Out
NYC Dance Project's Deborah Ory went from modern dancer to dance photographer.

You Should Know
New York City Dance Alliance's reigning mini winner, Eden Galloway.

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Dance Videos
Harry Haden-Paton as Henry Higgins, Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle, and Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering (Joan Marcus)

In case you haven't heard, the classic musical My Fair Lady is back on Broadway in a 10-time Tony-nominated production—including a nod for Christopher Gattelli's critically-lauded choreography. (Fun fact: Also among the nominations is Gattelli's own choreography for SpongeBob SquarePants—he's so good that he's competing against himself! But I digress.)

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Ema Peter

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the 54,000 square foot home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, one of the largest facilities dedicated to dance on a private university campus. Designed for their innovative new curriculum, that supports a range of dance styles, the school's staff designated Harlequin to provide wall-to-wall flooring for the large 3,500 square foot Performance Studio as well as five dance studios in their new state-of-the-art building.

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Dancer to Dancer
Ballet class at USC Kaufman (photo by Ema Peter, courtesy Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California)

Stefanie Roper didn't take her first ballet class until she was 20. Despite her obvious facility, she encountered plenty of naysayers. "I remember one teacher telling me, 'Honey, you're just too old,' " she says. And she did have to overcome obstacles as she entered the ballet bubble. "People talked about how good my feet were, and I didn't understand what they meant for the first four months," Roper remembers, laughing. But she found a mentor at Utah Valley University, where she was a student, and persevered. Now, six years later, Roper's professional resumé includes a stint with BHdos, Ballet Hispanico's second company.

It seems like most professional ballet dancers started taking ballet classes before they were born, especially the women. For those who didn't discover ballet until after elementary school, it can feel impossible to catch up to dyed-in-the-wool students. But it's not. Late starters face plenty of hurdles, but good facility and hard work will take you far—even if it isn't into the ranks of a ballet company.

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Dance News
"World of Dance" judges (NBC)

Dancing kween Jennifer Lopez is preparing us for the second season of "World of Dance" by dropping an insane World of Dance promo that has her slaying the dance floor like we've never seen before. If America wasn't on the edge of their seats for the May 29th premiere they are now—wondering how the contestants of "World of Dance" could possibly outdo such a performance—but there's no doubt they will. This season's roster of dancers really takes the show's name to heart cause it's out of this world, with each dancer as ferociously talented as the rest! (We don't envy J. Lo's job of having to pick just one.) We've rounded up 7 young dancers you won't want to miss.

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(From left) Danskin, Soffe, and Bloch

Considering we practically live in our dance clothes, there's really no such thing as having too many leotards, tights or leggings (no matter what our mom or friends say!). That's why we treat every sale as an opportunity to stock up. And thanks to the holiday weekend, you can shop all of your dancewear go-tos or try something totally new for as much as 50% less than the usual price.

Here are the eight sales we're most excited about—from online options to in-store retailers that will help you find the perfect fit. Happy Memorial Day (and shopping)!

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via @kyle_vanny on Instagram competing on World Of Dance

Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.

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Dance Videos
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Warning: "Get Stupid" is about to be stuck in your head—again!—and you'll love every second of it.

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Dear Katie
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

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