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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(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.

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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe

It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.

But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.

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