Stephanie Bissonette in a 2018 Dance Spirit cover shoot, several months before she was diagnosed (Erin Baiano)

Last year, Broadway dancer Stephanie Bissonette was diagnosed with a brain tumor—but she didn't let it keep her offstage for long.

(As told to Amanda Sherwin)

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Are you a college student curious about what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite magazine? You're in luck—because Dance Spirit is searching for an editorial intern for summer 2020!

We'll be accepting applications through March 1. Internships pay an hourly stipend and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment in our NYC office from June to August. (We do not provide assistance securing housing.)

If you're interested, please send a cover letter, resumé and two writing samples to Margaret Fuhrer at mfuhrer@dancemedia.com. Be sure to put "Summer Internship Application" in the subject line. All attachments must be formatted as PDFs.

We will interview selected candidates in March in person or by phone, and let candidates know by mid-April if they have been chosen. Please note that we do not accept high school students, or any students under 18, and that we give preference to college juniors and seniors.

We can't wait to meet you!

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Z.colephotography, courtesy Randi Martinez

Congratulations to the December Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Randi Martinez! Catch her solo below, and be sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Courtesy NYCDA

New York City Dance Alliance wouldn't be the same without the warmth and positivity of master teacher and choreographer Suzi Taylor, who has been with the organization since its inception in 1994, and is a beloved staple at Steps on Broadway, Pace University, and companies around the world.

Taylor prioritizes physical and mental health in all her classes, leading students through challenging exercises focused on strength and alignment and emphasizing the importance of self-care. She's known for celebrating the little things in the studio, and for encouraging her students to support one another. So naturally, she's the perfect candidate for our second "Whole Dancer" feature, where we hear from NYCDA dancers, choreographers and teachers about wellness and more:

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"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 16 winner Bailey Muñoz is the b-boy who can do it all.

At the Intersection of Dance and Identity

Four dancers of color discuss the importance of diversity and representation in the dance world.

From Intensive to Dream Job

Six pros share how their summers away landed them dance company contracts.

The Summer Intensive Sampler

More and more dancers are attending multiple programs in one summer. Should you?

Dance Spirit's 2020 Summer Study Guide

A breakdown of 186 of the world's best programs.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Tap prodigy and company director Caleb Teicher.

The Dirt

Convention queen-turned-commercial phenom Maycee Steele.

Off The Record

Last year, Broadway dancer Stephanie Bissonette was diagnosed with a brain tumor—but she didn't let it keep her offstage for long. Last year, Broadway dancer Stephanie Bissonette was diagnosed with a brain tumor—but she didn't let it keep her offstage for long.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

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What it really means to #CountYourMacros.

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Captains share the highs and lows of dance team leadership.

World Dance

Afro-Cuban dance is part of a rich and meaningful spiritual tradition.

College Corner

Collegiate summer intensives let you go beyond the average college visit.

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Joseph Corella's 567Broadway! program combines Broadway with fitness.

You Should Know

Budding ballerina Elliana Mannella.

Future Star award winner Noeleia Dellinger at Ash Nationals (Ash Productions, courtesy Noeleia Dellinger)

Dance Spirit is thrilled to announce our 2019 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability, and this year, you all delivered in full force.

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Future Star award winner Adriana Phillips (courtesy Adriana Phillips)

Dance Spirit is thrilled to announce our 2019 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability, and this year, you all delivered in full force.

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Rising Stars
Rachel Neville, courtesy Jasmine Cruz

Congratulations to the November Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Jasmine Cruz! Watch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Courtesy Kreiling

When Rachel Kreiling first walked into New York City Dance Alliance as a young student in 1995, she couldn't have anticipated the lifelong connections she was about to make. Following a performing career that took her around the world, Kreiling found herself back at NYCDA as an assistant at the invitation of founder Joe Lanteri. She joined the faculty in 2008 and has been there ever since.

At the heart of Kreiling's teaching is her passion for dancer wellness. Kinesiology, neuroscience and conditioning play a key role in her work at NYCDA and as a guest teacher at studios nationwide. We talked to Kreiling for our very first "Whole Dancer" column, where we hear from top NYCDA dancers, choreographers and teachers about wellness, self-care and more:

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Courtesy Just for Kix

Dancer and teacher Ali (Clough) Geraets remembers a time when she couldn't find shoes for her class of hip-hop students. She wanted a pair of combat boots that were functional on the dance floor, stylish enough for performance, and at an affordable price point so her dancers could buy them. She also needed a store that carried enough stock for the whole class. "We ended up buying shoes from Kohl's, and they were super slippery," Geraets says. "We were like, 'Oh my gosh, we should be making these for dancers.' "

That's when Geraets, along with her colleague Xue Li, got to work on designing her own pair of combat boots, made especially for hip-hop dancers. Their first design was a pair of sequined boots made for Gia-Mia, that came in both black and silver. After that success, Geraets started designing shoes for Just For Kix, exploring options that are both functional and stylish for dancers.

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From left: Tina Pereira, Stark Photo Productions, Courtesy Harlequin Floors; Courtesy Harlequin Floors

For today's versatile dancer, it's not enough to just show up to daily class. Top-notch training includes conditioning, self-care and a home practice with the right training tools. Amp up your home studio (and your dancing) with these three accessories from Harlequin Floors—just in time for holiday gift-giving. (Bonus: They all ship free!)

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First-year Radio City Rockette Mara Ranson (center) in rehearsal (Carl Scheffel, courtesy MSG Photo)

Every year, hundreds of dancers audition for a chance to become a Radio City Rockette. Only a lucky few make the cut—this season, there are 13 newbies on the line—but many of them go on to perform with the Rockettes for years. Dance Spirit had the chance to listen in as first-year Rockette Mara Ranson asked 10-year veteran Corey Whalen all her burning questions about what it's really like to dance in the world's most famous kickline.—as told to Helen Rolfe

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