Magazine article Dance Spirit

Dear DS

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Dear DS

Article excerpt

ADVICE ON MAKING IT AS A BACKUP DANCER, FIXING MEDIUM-LENGTH HAIR FOR DANCE CLASS AND HOW TO GET LOOSE POINTE SHOES TO FIT.

advice

BEAUTIFUL LEGS

Q How do you stregthen and tone your inner thighs?

-Krissy

via e-mail

A In addition to the exercises at right (from February 2003 on p. 53), turn to p. 68 for some great exercises that target the backs of your legs and glutes.

BACKED UP

Q I am 13 years old and I live in New York City. I want to be a backup dancer in music videos and/or on tours. I know it's a lot of hard work but I'm willing to dedicate 110 percent. How do I get started? Do I need an agent and, if so, how can I get one? What classes should I take and what level do I have to be to succeed?

-Jasmine

via e-mail

A Train constantly and take classes in different styles such as jazz, hip hop and ballet. The more versatile you are, the better prepared you will be for anything at an audition. You are young and have time to learn and soak up everything you experience. Once you feel comfortable dancing in front of people, you will definitely need an agent. Find out when agent auditions are held by looking on their websites. Good luck. See you on TV!

-Marty Dew is a professional commercial dancer in Los Angeles who is featured in our Hot On Their Heels column each month. For this issue's segment, turn to p. 35.

HAIR HELP

Q I recently cut my hair and it is very thick. It is too short to pull back in a ponytail but not so short that it doesn't fly in my face. How can I keep my hair out of my face during dance classes?

-Beth Anderson

via e-mail

A Try securing the front of your hair by twisting, braiding or even putting it in straight-up partial ponytails-all of which can be secured at the crown of the head, away from your face. With practice you can easily do any of these techniques yourself. There are all sorts of small bands to fasten your braids or twists, or the old-fashioned criss-crossed bobby pins can be hidden under lots of thick hair. …

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