After baby me spent several months glued to the window at my older sister's dance classes, my mom finally decided to let me join in, and I've been hooked on dance ever since. I grew up a classic #compkid, performing and competing with my dance team throughout Florida and spending my summers training at Broadway Dance Center, where I fell in love with all things NYC. So I was ecstatic to move to the Big Apple, first to study dance and journalism at Marymount Manhattan College, and then to train full-time in BDC's Professional Semester program. Now, it's a dream come true to be writing about my #1 passion—and even cooler to be working for the magazine I grew up reading!
While dancers tend to spend every waking moment inside the studio, one of the best things about dance is that you can bust out your killer moves pretty much anywhere. So why not get creative with your choice of scenery—especially since it just might spark more creativity in your dancing?
See how many of these out-of-the-box improv spots you can check off your bucket list. All the world's your stage!
NDD routine dancers (from left) Chelsie Hill, Jashaun Gamble, Tatiana McQuay, Matt Steffanina, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Criscilla Anderson and Will Simmons (courtesy American Dance Movement)
Grab your dancing shoes and put on those thinking caps—the dance video we've been waiting for is here!
American Dance Movement (formerly known as Dizzy Feet) just released this year's Official National Dance Day (NDD) routine, and it has us feeling electric.
The routine is choreographed by none other than Matt Steffanina (who's casually the most-followed dancer in the world, thanks to his 10 million YouTube subscribers), and set to the high-energy Dua Lipa/Silk City collab "Electricity."
As a dedicated dancer, you're probably pretty proud of the number of hours you spend in the studio. You may even feel guilty whenever you divert from your normal non-stop routine. But time spent outside the studio can actually be super beneficial for your dancing.
Here are seven non-dance activities that can help you become a better dancer.
You've clocked in hours of practice, rounded up every single bobby pin you could find, and told friends "I can't, I have dance" so many times you might as well write it on your forehead. But the summer sacrifices are worth it, because you've finally arrived: This. Is. Nationals.
To get you even more hyped, we've rounded up the top six best things about the magical celebration that is #NationalsWeek.
The dancers-slay-choreo-while-onlookers-cheer class video is pretty popular these days. And if you've watched a viral class video within the past 24 hours, there's a good chance it was filmed by Tim Milgram. With 3.1 million subscribers and counting on his YouTube channel, TMilly TV, it's obvious that online audiences love his video style, with its dramatic lighting and choreographed camera work.
But while many in the dance community appreciate class videos as a way to show their work and expand their online following, others have spoken out against the practice, questioning how it negatively affects dancers' training and priorities. Acknowledging those complaints, Milgram recently decided to open his own studio, TMilly TV, in North Hollywood, CA. It aims to create a better balance between time spent learning and time spent filming. Already, the studio has attracted some big-name faculty, from Dominique Kelley to Jake Kodish.
We caught up with Milgram to get the scoop on his new studio, and how he hopes to improve the dance community's perception of the class video.
I almost can't handle the level of full-out fabulousness coming out of Pride Month (just kidding, please keep it coming). Today, Travis Wall blessed our feeds with this clip of him dancing with the gorgeously talented Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Travis shared in his caption that he "Learned a routine in 60 secs." Casual! (I guess we're not too surprised about that, right?)
We're completely geeking out over Vanity Fair's new "Movies in Motion" YouTube series. It features dance/married couple #goals Chris Grant and Lauren Yalango-Grant—whom you may recognize as two of the artists currently bringing King Kong to life on Broadway—breaking down the choreography, inspiration, and history behind some of Hollywood's most famous dance numbers.
The music video for Todrick Hall's newest track, "Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels"—which [death-]dropped just in time for Pride Month—is the textbook definition of fierce. Todrick and his squad of 50+ dancers are an army of attitude, hitting gorgeous lines and strutting in sync (while wearing heels, no less). And after showing his followers how it's done, Todrick challenged them to learn the choreography themselves, using the hashtag #NHHHChallenge.
Friends, those followers DELIVERED. Check out this roundup of our favorite #NHHHChallenge posts. They don't play, they slay…
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:
It's May, which means it's time to gear up for your studio's annual recital! Yes, every group's performance preparations are different, but here are the eight stages pretty much every dancer goes through.