Winter 2020 Table of Contents


Bailrok-ing the Boat

"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.

Body Buzz

How to tell if that painful pinch is something to worry about.

Nutrition

What it really means to #CountYourMacros.

Dance Team Spotlight

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.

Branch Out

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

You Should Know

Budding ballerina Elliana Mannella.

Latest Posts


Photo by Joe Toreno. Hair by Marina Migliaccio and makeup by Lisa Chamberlain, both for the Rex Agency.

Sienna Lalau: The Dynamite Dancer and Choreographer Helping BTS Make Magic

At just 20 years old, Sienna Lalau is the living definition of "dynamite dancer": bold, confident, almost addicting to watch, and, at her core, overflowing with pure passion. From her work with The Lab Studios to Video Music Award–winning choreography for BTS, there's no stopping this starlet from bringing her love of dance to the global stage.

"Dance is something that can truly connect people," Sienna tells Dance Spirit. "It's a universal language. We may not speak the same language physically, but when we dance, there's a connection where we understand each other on another level."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Tanishq Joshi brings his star quality to stage in his hometown of Indore, India (courtesy Tanishq Joshi)

Tanishq Joshi is Stomping on South Asian Stereotypes by Fusing Hip-Hop Choreo With Bollywood Music

For Tanishq Joshi (aka Taneesky), becoming a dancer was as unexpected as your music cutting off mid-performance. An unfortunate injury in his hometown of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, led to the more fortunate discovery of a new passion and a flourishing career.

Joshi's had the opportunity to choreograph and compete at "World of Dance" events, perform at the JaQuel Knight Showdown, and grace the stage at Pharrell Williams' "Something in the Water" concert. And that's all on top of work and training with dancers and choreographers like Devin Solomon, Denzel Chisolm, Josh Killacky, Samantha Caudle, and Jake Kodish.

Joshi shared his story with Dance Spirit, and broke down how his unique approach to choreography is helping him diminish stereotypes, open doors for South Asian dancers, and inspire the dance community at large.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Houston Ballet Demi Soloist Natalie Varnum shows off her signature style (Claire McAdams, courtesy Houston Ballet)

Fashion Forward: 3 Pros Share What Goes into Their Dancewear Choices

When it comes to in-studio dancewear, the pros know that the right look, piece, or material can mean the difference between a day feeling confident and comfortable, or just plain out of sorts. With so much time spent honing their craft in dance clothes, choosing those items takes equal parts strategy, creativity and a healthy dose of fun.

Here, professional dancers Ian Eastwood, Karilyn Ashley Surratt, and Natlie Varnum share what goes into their fashion choices that enables them to look good, feel great, and turn heads in the studio.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search