October 2016


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  • Up Front: Buzz

    A year after Hamilton’s Broadway opening, people are still buzzing about the show and its famed creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. ... More »

  • Up Front: The Dirt with Allison DeBona

    Ballet West’s Allison DeBona first became a major figure on the pop-culture scene with her stint on The CW ... More »

  • Letter to My Teenage Self: Teddy Forance

    Whether he’s onstage with Shaping Sound—the company he helped co-found with Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson—or performing ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Dear Katie, I’m constantly eating, and I like the way my body looks, but my doctor says I’m underweight. ... More »

  • A Taste of College Life

    High school senior Savannah Gaillard has been attending the New York University Future Dancers and Dancemakers  workshop at Tisch ... More »

  • Light Late-Night Meals

    Running from school to the studio then home can leave little time for dinner—but that shouldn’t mean skipping it ... More »

  • Ankle ABCs

    Healthy, injury-free ankles require three things: mobility, stability and strength. But achieving this trifecta is easier said than done. ... More »

  • Vitamins 101

    Dancers expect their bodies to give 100 percent, year-round—and with no time to feel tired, sick or sore, vitamins ... More »

  • Wild About Prints

    Let your adventurous side show by adding brightly patterned pieces to your dance class wardrobe. Related

  • Beat Burnout

    It’s finally fall, which means competition season is about to launch into full swing. After spending the summer learning ... More »

  • Getting a Hold On Graham Hands

    The signature cupped hands of the celebrants in Primitive Mysteries; the clawed hands of Medea in Cave of the ... More »

  • Assistant Aspirations

    From the excitement of travel to rubbing shoulders with your dance idols, the life of a convention assistant is ... More »

  • Balancing Act

    Dance majors are always busy, but when the weather cools, activity heats up on campus. Back-to-school excitement is replaced ... More »

  • You Should Know: Leili Rackow

    You might have seen 16-year-old Leili posing in a Discount Dance Supply ad, or competing at the 2015 Youth ... More »

  • Brilliantly Briar

    As soon as 17-year-old Briar Nolet hit her first pose (a stunning full layout, no big deal) at her ... More »

  • In Her Shoes

    If you’re one of Dusty Button’s 146,000 (and counting) Instagram followers, you know this ballerina doesn’t fit any molds. ... More »

  • Views From the Top

    To her high school classmates, Sarah Pippin was a regular girl: a good student and a friendly face around ... More »

  • Strength In Numbers

    In 2015, Mishay Petronelli was one of nine dancers to book a spot on Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable world tour. ... More »

  • #Trending

    It’s the best and worst of Nationals 2016! This year’s talent, innovation and power—not to mention the costumes and ... More »

  • Black Out

    It’s winter fashion time! Tap into your dramatic side this winter with dark warm-ups that will keep you toasty ... More »

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(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 by clicking on their names here:

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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.

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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe

It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.

But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.

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