October 2013

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  • Hooray for Hayden!

    Each year, the Dance Spirit editors go on and on about how difficult it is narrowing a field of ... More »

  • Nationals Lookbook

    After last year, we thought Nationals couldn’t get any better. But this summer you all out-performed, out-costumed and out-techniqued ... More »

  • Second Companies 101

    You have your heart set on dancing with Boston Ballet. You’ve done your research, so you know there’s also ... More »

  • The Hard Truths: Dancers Share the Toughest Lessons They Had to Learn.

    Most professional dancers are so passionate about dance they can’t imagine doing anything else. But the dance world isn’t ... More »

  • Winterize Your Wardrobe

    Keep your body toasty and ready to rehearse in these comfy warm-ups. Related

  • The 5-Minute Face

    Professional makeup artist Tonya Noland shows you how to keep your face looking fresh—even when you’re in a rush. ... More »

  • Four Reasons to See Broadway’s Big Fish

    Edward Bloom, a teller of tall tales (“big fish” stories), tries to reconcile with his skeptical son from his ... More »

  • Jason Janas

    It’s impossible not to get caught up in the moment when you watch Jason Janas tap dance. Electricity rumbles ... More »

  • Victoria Jaiani

    It’s not just luxurious extensions and delicate port de bras that make the Joffrey Ballet’s Victoria Jaiani such a ... More »

  • A Choreographer in China

    In our October issue (on newsstands now!), we feature 23-year-old Elisa Montalvo, who choreographed for the first season of ... More »

  • Starving Artist

    I wish I could say I didn’t fulfill the dancer-with-an-eating-disorder cliché, but I can’t. My struggle started when I ... More »

  • Healthy Fall Treats + Stretching Your Goals

    This month it might be tempting to just grab a handful of Halloween candy before heading to class, but ... More »

  • Get Fit with Physique 57

    Surely you’ve heard of Physique 57 by now. The barre-based classes—held at six studios, including locations in NYC, the ... More »

  • Beyond the Spa

    When most people think of massage, they imagine a luxurious, white-robed spa experience. But you don’t have to spend ... More »

  • Perfect Piqués

    It’s the end of class, and you’re whipping through a diagonal of piqué turns. You spin across the floor ... More »

  • In the Circle

    From under-the-radar local gatherings to high-profile competitions like the Red Bull BC One and France’s Juste Debout, dancers all ... More »

  • Modern Essentials

    Want to land a spot with Gallim Dance or Alonzo King LINES Ballet? You’d better head to modern class. ... More »

  • The Layout

    JAKOB SAYS: “The key to the perfect layout is timing. Your head and leg need to hit the final ... More »

  • Jared Parker

    Does Jared Parker look familiar? That’s probably because he was the bespectacled star of this year’s Tony Awards, standing ... More »

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet 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!

Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?


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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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