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The Best of Both Worlds

From the ballet studio to the competition stage, Madison Brown can't stop making waves.

Acting for Dancers

Why you should add it to your performance toolbox.

Meet the 2019 Cover Model Search Finalists

Introducing Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland.

The Case for Staying with Studio Training

Abandoning your home studio to convention-hop might be tempting—but for most dancers, the cons outweigh the pros.

This Must Be the Place

An insider's look at Stacey Tookey's Camp Protégé, an experience unlike any other.

Dance Spirit's 2019–2020 Competition & Convention Guide

Info on this season's must-attend events.


Moulin Rouge! comes to Broadway, the delightfully dancy Descendants 3, and more.

The Dirt

Contemporary goddess and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Taylor Sieve.

Letter to My Teenage Self

American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston.


A week in the life of an American dancer at Tokyo Disneyland.

Body Buzz

The healing power of meditation for dancers.


Strengthening exercises to help you perfect your pirouettes.


Everything you need to know about contact improvisation.


We asked judges from two top comps to answer your burning Q's—and you might be surprised by their answers.

College Corner

What you can do to prep for freshman year.

Branch Out

How lighting design made Sophie Sotsky a better choreographer.

You Should Know

Elegant danseur Darrion Sellman.

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How Gorgeous Is Our New Site?

Hey. Hi there. Hello. We notice you, noticing us.

What's that you say? We seem more…glamorous than usual?

Why yes, thank you! We DID have a glow-up.

Welcome to the new Our redesigned site is full of all the same great Dance Spirit content you love—but now it's delivered in an even more beautiful, reader-friendly package.

Take a look around. Stay a while. We're excited for you to get to know the new-and-improved us a little better.

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Meet the 33 Artists Making Their Broadway Debuts in the “West Side Story” Revival

Everybody's talking about the latest West Side Story revival, set to open on Broadway February 20th. Directed by Ivo van Hove and featuring brand-new choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, it promises to be radically different from the familiar Jerome Robbins production.

In addition to fresh choreography, it'll also feature many, many fresh faces: No fewer than 33 artists are making their Broadway debuts in the show. The diverse group includes 20 college graduates, two siblings, and one winner of "Dancing with the Stars Panamá."

Get to know all of these extraordinarily talented Sharks and Jets as they prepare to take the Great White Way by storm.

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A young Juliet Doherty performing as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Gene Schiavone, courtesy Doherty)

"My First Job": Six Dance Icons on the Gigs that Helped Them Break into the Industry

Nowadays, you know them today for their flawless work and enviable resumés. But today's industry heavy-hitters were once newbies hoping for their big breaks. A few of our idols took a trip down memory lane to look back on their first gigs—and how they changed everything.

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