September 2016


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  • Overcoming a Tumor

    A year ago, 12-year-old Makenna Miller was living every young dancer’s dream: She was dedicated to training at The ... More »

  • Snack Smart

    Snack Smart You know that feeling: At 2 pm, like clockwork, your energy dips and your hunger spikes. The ... More »

  • Creative Cross-Training

    As a dancer, cross-training is a non-negotiable aspect of staying healthy. But sometimes the prospect of another dreary gym ... More »

  • The Perfectionism Problem

    As a teenager, contemporary dancer Eveline Kleinjans felt like nothing she did was good enough. Auditioning for university dance ... More »

  • Get Her Look

    Haley Fitzgerald—aka the leading lady in some of our favorite Kyle Hanagami videos and dancer in Jennifer Lopez: All ... More »

  • Eye Openers

    There’s nothing more spine-tingling than a dancer who can move the audience with a single look. How can you ... More »

  • Perfect Your Floorcraft

    Floorcraft: It sounds like some kind of dancer magic, but it’s actually a technical term describing the essential ability ... More »

  • Take the Lead

    Whether you major or minor in dance, join a dance team or simply take a few extracurricular classes, there ... More »

  • Picture Perfect

    L.A.-based dancer McKenzie Anderson recently booked a major industrial for Reebok. When she saw the photos of the other ... More »

  • You Should Know: Kenneth San Jose

    Hip-hop phenom Kenneth San Jose has so much natural talent that his lightning-fast technique and mesmerizing musicality developed practically ... More »

  • The Miriam Mystique

    Glamorous Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The imperious principal woman in Balanchine’s Agon. These are the ... More »

  • Ballet Breakaway

    For dancers who’ve spent their lives in pink tights, signing a big ballet company contract can seem like the ... More »

  • Walk (and Run) This Way

    When dancers audition for Paul Taylor Dance Company, they’re often thrown by one particular request: to walk across the ... More »

  • Dance Degrees Zero In

    With a growing emphasis on specialized training, many colleges are offering concentrated degrees within the overall dance major, focused ... More »

  • Meet Your Mentors

    Top dance programs attract top faculty—people who direct companies, tour the world and, most importantly, hire dancers. That’s why ... More »

  • A Day in the Juilliard Life

    Spend one day observing the dance program at The Juilliard School, and it’s obvious how hard the dancers have ... More »

  • The New “It” Pieces

    Want a wardrobe that’s too cool for school? Start the new dance year with the latest class fashion trends. ... More »

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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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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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