October 2016 Table of Contents

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Brilliantly Briar
Briar Nolet is your 2016 Cover Model Search Winner!

Love for the Runners-Up
Why you voted for Kerrynton Jones and Tatiana Melendez.

Strength in Numbers
The beauty of dancing in an ensemble.

In Her Shoes
Following ballerina Dusty Button.

#Trending
The best (and worst) of Nationals 2016.

Views from the Top
What's it really like to be a comp circuit celebrity?

Beat Burnout
Take action now to prevent a mid-season slump.

Assistant Aspirations
How to make the leap from convention attendee to assistant.

Dance Spirit's 2016-2017 Competition & Convention Guide
Info on this season's must-attend events.

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on the Hamilton documentary and Broadway's newest show Holiday Inn.

Up Front: The Dirt
Ballet West dancer (and Breaking Pointe star) Allison DeBona.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Shaping Sound co-founder Teddy Forance.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Diary
Savannah Gaillard's weekends at the NYU Future Dancers and Dancemakers program.

Body Buzz
Light bedtime snacks that'll keep you full; what your nerve pain really means.

Fitness
A trio of ankle exercises to combat injury.

Nutrition
Everything you need to know about taking vitamins.

Fashion
Dramatic ensembles to keep you warm and looking chic.

Style Lab
Patterned pieces to release your inner wild-child.

Spotlight: Modern
Perfecting Graham technique means focusing on your hands.

College Corner
How to balance it all: homework, rehearsals and even a social life.

You Should Know
Ballerina-in-training Leili Rackow.

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How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

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Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

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Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


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