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This Is the Only Version of "Look What You Made Me Do" that We Need, TBH

I have to be honest for a second here: despite having been a diehard Swiftie ever since "Teardrops on My Guitar," I was a little on the fence about Taylor Swift's new single "Look What You Made Me Do." Even her official music video—usually the brilliant, essential factor that gets me full-on obsessed with a new T-Swizzle song—didn't exactly win me over.


If only TS had hired Kyle Hanagami to choreograph her music video: because Hanagami's version, imho, turns the song into a flipping masterpiece. His deliciously clever gestures point out the easter eggs scattered through TSwift's lyrics. The explosive precision he brings out of his dancers highlights the surprisingly intricate rhythms hidden in the song. But perhaps most importantly, thanks to Hanagami we get to see DS faves like Kaycee Rice, Charlize Glass, and a T-Rex absolutely slaying the combo. Don't believe me? Watch until the end for a 110% epic duet by Hanagami and said dinosaur. (Who are you, anonymous Tyrannosaurus? Inquiring minds want to know!)

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How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

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Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


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