Running + Dance = Fabrice Calmels

(L to R) Margaret Fuhrer, me, Michael Anne Bailey and Katie Rolnick—all sweaty smiles post-race!

When I'm not immersed in all-things-dance, my #1 passion is running. I got hooked on running a few years ago and have since completed three marathons and a bunch of shorter distance races. (Two years ago, I even got Dance Spirit's fashion editor at the time, Michael Anne Bailey, to train for and run a 4-mile race with me in Central Park while the rest of the DS staff cheered us on—on a very early Saturday morning, no less.)

So when I'm not reading Dance Spirit, I'm reading my second-favorite magazine: Runner's World. And imagine my surprise and sheer delight when I saw my two passions combined this month in RW's "I'm a Runner" column!

In every issue, the editors at Runner's World profile a celebrity—an actor, a musician, a chef—who is also a runner, and this month they've featured The Joffrey Ballet's Fabrice Calmels. Here's a video they did with Fabrice:

Click here to read the full Q&A.

So for all you dancers out there who think running is off limits—it's not! Just take it slow at first and always be safe and smart.

Happy dancing and running!

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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 on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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