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Pop quiz! Janelle Ginestra + Rihanna + Lil Swagg + Julian Ray + an empty dance studio + a video camera = ?

Your #TurntTuesday moment of zen. Naturally.

There are few things we love more than watching our favorite dancers LIVING in choreo videos. Except, perhaps, seeing the actual creators of those ??? routines showing us all how it's done. I mean, that's how most of the commercial world's best choreographers got started: They realized nobody else could move quite the way they could. World-class dancers can take a choreographer's vision to new and amazing places, but choreography just fits differently on its creator's own body.

That's why we were so excited to see Tricia Miranda personally leading the Iggy Azalea #Team last month. And why we're similarly happy to watch Janelle Ginestra—who's been pretty much ubiquitous behind the camera recently—proving she's still VERY MUCH got it in her just-dropped choreo video, set to Rihanna's "Work."

Accompanied by Lil Swagg and Julian Ray, Ginestra gives us a master class in the laser-precise yet loose-limbed style that's made her one of the most sought-after choreographers around. And we love to watch her work work work work work work.

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Commercial dancer Galen Hooks was a board member for SAG-AFTRA. (Joe Toreno)

Picture this: You just landed your dream role in a Broadway show. But instead of jumping right into rehearsals, you're first asked to fill out an application for something called the Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

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Me (on the left) with the DS Team!

On Tuesday morning, I cut my knuckles on a kitchen knife. My roommates and I just moved into our new apartment in the big city, and since we all like to cook, we thought it’d be fun to hang our fancy chef knives on the wall of our tiny kitchen. But as I held my two fingers, jumping up and down and trying to stifle a yelp, I realized how not fun that decorating idea was. After about thirty seconds of heavy sighing, I sucked it up, threw on a couple of Band-Aids, and walked out the door. There was no time for whining (or redecorating). It was time to go to my first day of work as assistant editor at Dance Spirit.

By the time I walked into the office, I had pretty much forgotten about the morning’s incident. Instead, I kept thinking to myself—Smile. Don’t trip. Don’t say something dumb! Getting a job at Dance Spirit was a dream come true, and I was not about to let the swarm of butterflies in my stomach ruin it for me!

It’s hard to believe that was less than a week ago. I may still have cuts on my fingers, but I’m glad to say those butterflies are gone, and I’m already starting to feel at home here at DS. More importantly, I’ve already learned A LOT.

So here it is—Five things I learned during my first week at Dance Spirit:

1. I have a lot to learn!

As a former subscriber to DS, I guess I never really considered how much work goes into producing this magazine. On the one hand, I’m terrified (I can do this right?). On the other, I’m excited. I get a behind the scenes look at how DS is made… every day!

2.  Work can be fun!

This is my first job out of college. I am so lucky to have my introduction to the “real world” occur in such a friendly, warm and fun environment!

3. The talent out there is ridiculous.

This week, I’ve had the pleasure of going through tons of YouTube videos of insanely talented young dancers. It makes me so happy to see the future looking so bright!

4. I love NYC.

Like I said, I just moved here. And as I sat in Lincoln Center watching New York City Ballet with associate editor Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday night, I knew that I was finally home.

5. Dance is so cool.

Okay, so I obviously already knew this. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be working here! But getting to spend every day surrounded by all things dance just reaffirms my love for this art.

Needless to say, “excited” is an understatement for how I feel about this new job!


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