Dance Spirit

A magazine for aspiring and pre-professional dancers. Topics include performance tips, health issues, production trends, industry insider reports, and presentation notes. Published ten times annually.

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 6, August

Ballroom Cowboy
Josh Zuniga may be a Texas boy and he may drive a truck (vanity plate: ZCHAMP), but his passion for country dance competitions comes from his love of the spirited social atmosphere of the country circuit and the thrill of dancing in the limelight. Josh...
Cusp Curricula
If you've got solid dance training, chances are you would excel in a dancerelated field because of your thorough knowledge of the st- Whether the previous article "Priceless Credit Hours," focused on se ad courses, helped to pique your interest or it...
Dance and Anorexia Don't Mix
DEPLETING YOUR NUTRITION WON'T GET YOU HIRED. Your body is an instrument for physical and creative expression. What happens when the health of your instrument gets derailed by the excessive desire to be thin? Dion MacArthur, a dancer with Canada's Danny...
Esprit De Corps: "I Hope You Dance"
You're familiar with the words of this crossover hitcould there be a more perfect composition for lyrical choreography-but have you embraced the philosophy yet? For those caught up in the rhythms of the song, take a moment to hear the message, especially...
From Understudy to Studied Under
HOLLY CRUIKSHANK TOOK A SIT-AND-WAIT APPROACH TO HER RECENT SUCCESS. Try to know yourseld, what type you are because it saves a lot of time. The seductive entrance of the Girl In The Yellow Dress in Contact (see DS April 2000), is enough to make you...
Gettin' Down to Business
Jermaine Browne has got it goin' on. He's everywhere you turn. If you don't catch him teaching his popular JFH (jazz/funk/hip hop) class at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, you can find him dancing off J.Lo's left shoulder in her Love Don't CostA...
Jazz Spice
There's a low rumble rolling off the waves banking the Mississippi lately, and it sounds almost like the running horses of Argentine gauchos herding their cattle; the marching steps of Russian soldiers returning home in anticipation of tonight's Mazurka...
Jump Up and Dance
LOST YOUR GROOVE? JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT WILL DRAW IT OUT OF YOU. When you see a performance by Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, your leg starts bouncing, your foot starts tapping and your hands can't stay still. You want to bound down the aisles of the theater,...
Learning from the Greats
Jason McDole, one of the dancers who recently wove magical, kinetic tales in Lar Lubovitch's Men's Stories, has an incredible story of his own. Listening to him talk about his love affair with ballet, dancing for Parsons Dance Company and the constant...
Learning the Ropes
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR THESE WYOMING DANCERS. Think of vertical dance as a cross-pollination of lyrical movement and rapelling (as in rock climbing). Set in a variety of spaces, ranging from multi-tiered theaters to rugged mountaintops, dancers are...
Look of the Month: Classic Starlet Glamour
Like a modern day Marilyn Monroe, this lady in red adds the flash of old Hollywood with a dash of New York City lights. Here's how to capture the look of movie star glamour. 1. Powder eyelid with face powder for a matte finish. 2. A light blue shadow...
Madonna's Music Machine
A WEEK IN THE LIFE ON SINGER & DANCER DONNA DE LORY. Quick! Name one of Madonna's backup dancers! It's no surprise if the first name that popped into your head was Donna De Lory, considering that she, along with Niki Haris, has been an essential...
Making It Swing
Swing music, with its high spirit and theatrical flash moves, is a perfect fit for dance on stage and screen. Testimony to its timeless appeal is the fact that today, 70 years after swing first took off, there's no shortage of jitterbugs, young or old....
Of the Tarantella
A RICH ITALIAN FOLK DANCE EXTRACTED FROM THE RUINS. Italian folk dance has an ancient history, dating back to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Preserved under volcanic ash in the ruins of Pompeii were friezes of dancers that inspired movements...
Priceless Credit Hours
Opportunities provided by a college education for broadening understanding are especially crucial to the holistic development of dancers. Courses In music, art history, criticism and acting as well as dance therapy, dance notation and costume design...
Smooth Moving
LEARN HOW TO BALANCE MUSCLES FOR OPTIMAL COORDINATION. Some dancers have such nice lines and move so beautifully that every step seems to be an effortless flow. This is because they are well-coordinated and their muscles are well-balancedeach muscle...
Still Here: Follies
A RETURN TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR THE BROADWAY AUDIENCE, THIS SHOW IS FULL OF HISTORY AND INSIGHT. When the curtain rises on the riveting new production of Stephen Sondheim's 39-year-old Follies, a flashlight searches an empty stage. Faint applause...
Tackling Tryouts
WHETHER YOU'RE A DANCE TEAM VETERAN OR A POM PON NOVICE, YOU CAN LOOK LIKE A PRO AT TRYOUTS WITH A LITTLE KNOW-HOW. Regardless of your training, talent or performance experience, trying out for a dance team is tough and taxing on the body and mind. Alleviate...
Take It from the Top
THE GENIE GRANTED OUR WISH WHEN WE GOT BROWNE IN THE STUDIO TO BREAK DOWN THIS SWEET COMBINATION SET TO MYA'S "CASE OF THE EX." Slide to the left, drag right foot and pull your elbow to the right on one and two. Suzi-Q: dig your right heel into the floor...
Trey McIntyre, Inc
Born in Wichita, KS, 31-year-old Trey McIntyre studied at the North Carolina School Of The Arts for two years before joining the Houston Ballet Academy in 1987. Two years later, he was choreographic apprentice to Houston Ballet, and Own choreographic...
Your Point
Mad Acci LMadonna Do you know what Madonna looks for when she chooses her world tour dancers? Kairee Hall via e-mail Chook out The Life on page 41 for a week with one ofMadonna's backup dancers, to see what it takes. An Urban Craving I love DS, but I...