The Dirt: Frances Chung

It’s no surprise that Frances Chung was recently promoted to principal at San Francisco Ballet. The petite, pretty young ballerina is solid: She’s one of those dancers you can always count on to nail the quadruple pirouette, sail through the tricky petit allégro sequence and hold the extended balance. Chung is a surefire hit in punchy virtuoso roles, like the sprightly heroine of George Balanchine’s Tarantella, but she also exudes elegance and charm as the Sugar Plum Fairy or in Mr. B’s mysterious Emeralds. Catch her at the end of this month in SFB’s Giselle, and read on for The Dirt!  —Margaret Fuhrer


What did you want to be when you were a teen? A dancer, a school teacher, an art teacher, a biologist (?!)

Favorite dancer of all time: Sofiane Sylve

Performer you would drop everything to see: Beyoncé

If you could work with any performer, past or present, who would it be? Choreographer, William Forsythe

Guilty pleasure: TV

Must-see T.V. shows: "Glee" and "Man vs. Wild"

What is your pet peeve? When someone refuses to share...their snacks with me.

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be? A food critic, a fashion designer, an architect

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? A baseball


(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.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?


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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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