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. 14, No. 7, September

A Family Affair
HOW FAMOUS DANCE FAMILIES SHARE THE SPOTLIGHTWhen Ashley DelGrosso was 14, she stood on the floor at a ballroom dance competition, awaiting the results. Just a few feet away stood her then-17-year-old sister Amber, who was also her competitor. Ashly...
Amazing ABS
THE FIRST IN A TWO-PART SERIES OF CORE STRENGTHENING MOVESDeveloping strong core is crucial for a dancer because it makes it easier to maintain your posture. But it's not just your abs that need a workout: You need to strengthen your side and back muscles,...
A Triumphant Comeback
BALLERINA PUANANI BROWN TALKS ABOUT HOW SHE OVERCAME A PAINFULREJECTION. By Puanani BrownAmerican Balle t Theatre corps member Puanani Brown performs with elegance and ease. To an outsider, she seems to haue it all. But finding her place in the dance...
BalancinG Act
HOW COLLEGE DANCERS CAN AVOID COMMON FIRST-YEAR PITFALLSAs a freshman at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, Laura* was overwhelmed by college dance life almost from day one. "I saw girls from so many different dance backgrounds, and I felt that...
Getting the Most out of Your Studio
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU'RE GETTING EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO REACH YOUR DANCE GOALS. By CoLLeeN BOH6MBy the time Shannon McCarthy, now 17, started her freshman year of high school, she knew what it felt like to be a star, if you lived more than a few miles...
HeFa GOeS tO HOLLYWOOD
BALLROOM DANCER HEFA TUITA HAS GRABBED THE SPOTLIGHT AS ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S CUTTING-EDGE COMMERCIAL TALENTS.any jenniFer Lopez audilion is bound to he intimidating. Bui when it's one of your first big auditions? Ami you're one of the youngest dancersas...
Judges Panel
SEVEN INSIDERS SOUND OFF ON WHAT MATTERS- AND WHAT DOESN'T- AT COMPETITION.When competition season rolls around, it's inevitable that you'll get a bit stressed out. Your brain is jam-packed with worries, from remembering to pack (and put on!) all of...
LETTER TO MY TEENAGE SELF Dancer to Dancer
Elizabeth ParkinsonWhen Elizabeth Parkinson was 11 years old, she saw a production of Bob Fosse's musical Dancin'- and immediately knew that she wanted to dance. Though she didn't slart training seriously in ballet until age 13, she was a natural. After...
New Beginnings
I don't remember all the details of my apprentice year with San Francisco Ballet. I can't tell you about my first rehearsals or even what ballets I first performed. I l|uess that's what happens when an experience is totally life- altering: The little...
Prince Charming
TAYLOR STANLEY EXUDES BOTH POISE AND PASSION AS A NEW YORK CITY BALLET APPRENTICE.Ask most ballet guys about their dream roles and they'll st bravura, wham-boom-pow parts, like Basiìio in Don Quixott· or the Slave in Le Corsaire. But not shy, serious...
Slip Sliding Away
A GUIDE TO TAP SLIDESImagine a lap dancer who moves as if she's on slick ice. While one fool does a quick shuffle, the other slides backwards. She does a scuff and her supporting foot slides forward beneath her. And then, to top off this slippery magic...
So Your Think You Can Get into College?
AT TOP UNIVERSITY DANCE PROGRAMS, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO AUDITION DAY.Barton Cowperthwaite, a recent graduate of (he Denver School of the Arts, learned the hard way that not preparing for college auditions can make for a rough time on the big day. Hc was...
The Apprentices
FOR ASPIRING NEW YORK CITY BALLET DANCERS, THE KEY TO LANDING A SPOT IN THE COMPANY IS SURVIVING A YEAR AS AN APPRENTICE.It was a June day, a day then-17-year-old ballerina Fayt Arthurs tbmight she'd remember as her last in the School pf American Ballet...
There's Something about Lauren
NEW YORK CITY BALLET APPRENTICE LAUREN LOVETTE HAS PRIMA POTENTIALIt's hard to describe star quality. Eighteen-year-old Lauren Lovette has luxuriously archy feet, elegant lines and an animated, pretty face- but that doesn't quite explain the New York...
To Nap or Not to Nap?
A TOUGH QUESTION FOR BUSY DANCERS! By Brianne CarlonDancers fit a lot into their days; school, work, dance class, homework- and maybe even a social life! But trying to I'ii everything in can make it lough to gel enough sleep. In fact, according to the...
Who Is Your Dance Doppelganger?
WHICH ONE OF BALLET'S MOST BELOVED ROLES AREYOU MEANT TO DANCE? TAKE OURQUIZ AND FIND OUT!Cincinnati Ballet principal Kristi Capps as Odette in Swan Lake1. YOUR FAVORITE STEPS INCLUDE:a) whispery bourrées and dramatic attitudes derrière that show off...
YOU SHOULD KNOW: Alice Klock
HUBBARD STREET 2'S COOL CONTEMPORARY DANCER HAS A FIRE INSIDE.Alice Klock's long limbs slice through the air with a jewelers precision. The Hubbard Street 2 company member is onstage at the Art Institute of Chicago, improvising to poems read by actros...