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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