Happy new year, friends! Hoping to take your dancing to the next level in 2018? Of course you are—and we've got you covered. Here are 12 dance resolutions, one to tackle each month, all culled from the pages of Dance Spirit. They'll help you hit the "refresh" button on your training.
It's almost the new year, which means resolution-making will be a "thing" for at least the next week. And while making goals (especially fitness-related ones) is an important part of progressing as a dancer, more times than not, New Year's resolutions end up as forgotten promises.
But resolutions don't always have to result in guilt and disappointment. We talked with Tanya Trombly, a professional trainer and freelance ballerina, to find out how you can make and keep your dance and fitness goals this year.
Happy 2016, errbody! We hope you've resolved to get that 180 degree penchée and master that insane acro trick and nail that third (fourth? fifth? sixth?) pirouette this year. Or that you've simply vowed to become the best dancer you can be in 2016, whether that involves impressive pyrotechnics or not. (It's not ALL about the pirouettes. I mean, sometimes it is. But not always.)
Anyway, we thought we'd help you ring in the new year with some dance-appropriate imagery! Where my bunheads at?
How about a little something for the tappers?
OK, yes, it's hard to read, but we had to throw in some LaDucas for the musical theater crowd:
And hey, contemporary ladies: We tried out a version with a bunch of bare pointed feet, but it was SO INCREDIBLY CREEPY AGHGHGHGHGHGH. Trust me when I say that you're better off without it, unless you're that gross Silence of the Lambs guy who's really into skin. (I hope you're not.)
Whatever your resolutions, we wish you all the best in 2016!
Wheeeeeee it's 2015! How were your celebrations? Dance-filled? If it's before noon and you're reading this, STOP RIGHT NOW AND GO BACK TO BED.
I'm not going to start discussing dance resolutions for the year. (If you're ready for that kind of talk, you can find plenty of it in our January issue). Instead, I'm going to give you a little New Year's present. It is at the bottom of this page. I made it myself.
But it might make you giggle.
And on this first day of the new year, isn't that enough? Let's save the resolutions for tomorrow.
Happy 2015, everyone:
It's beginning to look a lot like...New Year's. OK, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit. But humans are naturally nostalgic creatures, and we require sufficient time for reflection. Luckily, the folks at The Creators Project made our jobs a little easier this year by compiling the greatest dance trends of 2014 into just three minutes and 27 seconds. And no, this isn't just another supercut video (although we do love a good supercut...).
TCP brought in director Jake Nava—aka the genius behind Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and "Partition"—to create an entirely new music video, "2014: Dance and Rituals." Set to "New York, New Drop" by SBTRKT featuring Ezra Koenig, the video appears to follow 10 teen couples' elaborate flirtation rituals. But the real draw is the progression of dance styles happening as the video moves from couple to couple. Nothing is in-your-face obvious, aside from maybe the T. Swift impression and the Yanis-Marshall-worthy heels. But when you watch it a few times, you may notice some familiar choreo (cough, cough, "Chandelier," cough, cough).
Watch the video for yourself, and let us know in the comments which 2014 dance trends you pick out!
It's no secret that we've been in love with dancer, teacher and choreographer Kyle Hanagami for a while now. But what's not to love? He's smart, sensitive (remember his letters of love?) and smooth (ahem... "Moondance," anybody?). And he's also just, well, crazy talented.
This 27-year-old hasn't slowed down since we talked to him back in 2012. On New Year's Day, he released a video entitled "Counting Stars"—an absolutely gorgeous mashup of interesting lighting and cinematography, inspirational quotes and Hanagami's unique movement style. ALL OF THE FEELS.
If this is any indication of what 2014 has to offer, bring it on!
Amanda Lea LaVergne as Sandy with Derek Keeling as Danny Zuko in the Broadway revival of Grease
What’s your dance goal for 2013? Whether it’s finally nailing a quadruple pirouette, making your studio’s senior competition team or booking your dream job, DS is determined to help you get there. So we asked a few of our favorite industry insiders, “What can dancers do to have the best year ever?” Here’s what they had to say.
1. “Be fearless. I spent years terrified I’d make a mistake. But I didn’t realize I was boxing myself in. You will mess up—that’s life. Take a chance. Be ‘strong and wrong’ instead of sticking to what’s safe.” —Amanda Lea LaVergne, dancer in Annie the Musical
2. “See everything you can. Art exhibits, concerts, movies—they give you food for your mind. Then, share what inspires you. That’s how art evolves.” —Caroline Fermin, Gallim Dance
3. “Be versatile now to work more later. Dancers do steps; true artists rock people’s souls. You can make a beautiful black and white painting, but adding color makes it a masterpiece. Add new colors to your palette by learning every style you can. Eventually you’ll have a rainbow of choices to pull from.” —William Wingfield, “So You Think You Can Dance"
4. “Nourish your body with good foods, quench it with water, test it to its limits and rest it when it asks for it. Your body is your greatest asset, but it can be your biggest weakness if you don’t treat it kindly. Take care of it.” —AL
Keenan Kampa (Photo by Gene Schiavone)
5. “Make a plan of action. Carve out a road map with your agent to achieve your goals in 2013. If you’re not represented, ask an established dancer to share his or her path with you. That will give you insight into what steps to take.” —JC Gutierrez, dance and on-camera director at McDonald Selznick Associates
6. “Present yourself well in class and rehearsal. Be clean, smell nice and be comfortable in what you’re wearing. It makes such a difference.” —Keenan Kampa, Maryinsky Ballet
7. “Incorporate a yoga class into your schedule. You’ll feel balanced and connected to your breath.” —Tyce Diorio, choreographer
8. “Read the news. Keep your mind sharp and stimulated. Knowing what’s happening all over the world puts everything in perspective.” —KK
9. “Don’t worry about other dancers. If you keep working on yourself and stop comparing yourself to others, you’ll progress faster. Plus, you’ll have more fun!” —Zoey Anderson, dance major at Marymount Manhattan College
Zoey Anderson (Photo by Vanessa Millecam Photography)
10. “Research dance history. Look up dancers from film, Broadway, etc., and study what made them great. That was helpful for me as a teenager, and I still do it today.” —TD
11. “Find something besides dance that brings you joy. Every experience you have furthers who you are as an artist.” —Ryan Steele, Specs in Newsies on Broadway
12. “Try new, crazy things. Go to that audition, learn that difficult move or take that Bollywood class. Sitting back, waiting and wishing will get you nowhere.” —ZA
13. “It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, but it’s important to take some time to have fun.” —JG