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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We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.

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2020 Dance Grads: We Want to Put You on Our Cover!

Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.

Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!

Here's the plan:

  • If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
  • Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
  • At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
  • 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.

Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!

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