One of Your Summer Web Interns

Hi Blog Readers!

I'm Krista, one of the summer web interns here at Dance Spirit. This summer I'll be blogging about dance performances I attend, classes I take, and any other dance-related happenings.


A little about me: I'm originally from Atlanta, GA, where I studied ballet, modern, jazz, and a little bit of tap, and danced with a member company of RDA's Southeastern Regional Ballet Association. After I graduated high school I moved to Texas to attend the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University. As a TCU dance major I was able to perform, choreograph, work with a great faculty, and take class from guest artists, including Alonzo King, artistic director of LINES Ballet! TCU helped me move out of my mostly ballet comfort zone, and lately I've been focused more on modern and contemporary styles and also musical theater. But don't worry, I still take ballet class regularly. There's nothing better for my strength!


I just graduated with a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance, but I have one more semester to finish up a second degree (I know, I'm a hopeless overachiever), a BA in Writing. This internship uses my experience from both of my majors, and involves two of my favorite things: words and dance! Web interns help with the online portions of Dance Spirit and some of the other magazines (Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, and Pointe), like the e-newsletters, the back issue pages, etc. We also moderate the forums... so be good on the message boards!


But, when I'm not in the office, I'll be taking class all over (I've already hit Dance New Amsterdam, Steps (where I saw 2007's SYTYCD winner, Sabra!), Broadway Dance Center, and New Dance Group for classes) and going to performances (Last week I saw Curtains, A Chorus Line, The SAB end-of-year workshop, and New York City Ballet. Tonight I'm seeing Alvin Ailey!). I'll keep you posted!




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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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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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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.

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