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Video of the Month

Hans van Manen’s Five Tangos

 

Kelly Myernick, Christopher Coomer, Jaquel Andrews and Nicholas Leschke of Houston Ballet perform a sensual tango ballet.

 

Future Star Award

Legends

 

Dancers: Sara Pinto, Stephanie Bradshaw, Michelle Bradshaw, Maria Volpe and Caralyn Storch perform a routine choreographed by Alison Seidenstricker.

 

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The Garden —Noelle Marsh

 

Noelle Marsh dances a solo to “The Garden” by Mirah.


 

 

Pick of the Month


Who’s to say that “nondancers” can’t get up every once in a while and shake their own groove things? Every Body Dance Now is filled with photographs by Martin Parr of ordinary people all around the world doing just that—dancing in nightclubs, schools, cruise ships, parks, churches and restaurants from Brazil to China. The images are reminders that dance isn’t just about the next winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” or the latest performance by New York City Ballet: Dance is a universal language.

 

—Monica Levy

 

 

Courtesy Everybody Dance Now

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Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

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"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

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Dear Katie,

I'm a strong dancer, but I don't have a lot of flexibility. I stretch every day, but it feels like I'm getting nowhere. What can I do to get more flexible?

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