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