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TSwift & JHud Are Confirmed to Be in the "CATS" Movie

We can hear it now: "Jennifer songs for Hudson cats! Taylor songs for Swift cats!" Okay, maybe that particular lyric change (to the #iconic opening number from the record-breaking musical CATS) is a bit far-fetched.

But you know what IS the honest-to-Grizabella truth? That Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson are CONFIRMED to be in the new movie of everyone's favorite feline-omenon!

According to Deadline, Hudson will play Grizabella, the glamour cat who gets to screlt "Memory"—trust us, you've heard this song before—at the eleventh hour. But the jury is out on which Jellicle TSwift will embody on-screen. That means we here at DS have the privilege and honor of ~speculating!~ Look what you made me do indeed.

Will TSwizzle play Victoria, the elegant white cat? (Honestly, we kinda hope that role goes to a dancer dancer. No shade to Ms. Swift and her charmingly adorkable dancing skills!)

Or will the New Taylor take on Jennyanydots, the uber-perky tap-dancing kittycat recently brought to life by DS cover star Eloise Kropp? A role this bubbly might require a return of the Old Taylor, tbh. (She still can't come to the phone right now? Darn it.)

Right now, our money's on Bombalurina (below, standing), the flirtatious and magnetic kittay played in the recent Broadway revival by Christine Cornish Smith. "Call It What You Want" to, though! The queen of pop is sure to be "Gorgeous" no matter which role she takes on. The only remaining question is, are you "...Ready for It?"

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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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