3 Reasons to Scroll Past “What I Eat in a Day” Posts
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by Rachel Fine, MS, RD, CDN, CEDS for Dance Magazine
14h ago
Social media offers an open lens into the lives of whoever is willing to share. This is especially enticing for aspiring dancers who are hungry to gain access into a professional’s routine—how they’re both achieving and navigating a career. But a dancer’s newsfeed isn’t just home to inspiring choreography and pirouette hacks. It can also include performers narrating everything they do in a day, including their cross-training routine and the foods that go along with it. While the intent behind “What I Eat in a Day” posts is often harmless, the reality is that they can lay the groundwork for a d ..read more
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Dance Students and Faculty React to the Sudden Shutdown of the University of the Arts
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by Jennifer Heimlich for Dance Magazine
1w ago
Last Friday, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia announced it would be shutting down as of June 7. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a steep drop in enrollment left the nearly 150-year-old school in such a deep financial crisis that the accrediting agency abruptly withdrew its charter.   Many students and faculty found out through the Inquirer’s coverage, and only got an email from the university an hour later. Lauryn Ruff, a rising junior in the dance program, says she thought it was a fake news piece at first.  “The way it went d ..read more
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Join Us for 25 to Watch Live on July 29
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by Dance Magazine
1w ago
Mark your calendars: 25 to Watch Live is back! Artists from Dance Magazine‘s 2024 list of rising stars are coming together from across the dance world for this one-of-a-kind event—and you’re invited! Join us for an evening of performances and conversations at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City on Monday, July 29, at 6 pm. Slated to appear are ballet dancers Jindallae Bernard (Houston Ballet) and Yuval Cohen (Philadelphia Ballet); Broadway choreographer Karla Puno Garcia; contemporary artists Miguel Alejandro Castillo, Lucy Fandel, Sydnie L. Mosley, Donovan Re ..read more
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Meet Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Destiny Wimpye
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by Gigi Berardi for Dance Magazine
2w ago
Whether she’s in the studio—fearlessly flexible in a grand jété with her arms playfully thrown back—or onstage—fast and precise in her first lead role as The Nutcracker’s Lead Marzipan—Pacific Northwest Ballet corps dancer Destiny Wimpye glows. In Kiyon Ross’ new …throes of increasing wonder last season, she skittered across the floor, devouring the space. But more than dazzling leaps and quadruple pirouettes, it’s in her smaller movements, beautifully turned out, arms poised yet wondrously alive, that Wimpye shines onstage, exuding strength but also vulnerability. Company:&nbs ..read more
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How Headliners Creates a True Competition Experience Fueled by Passion and Focused on Education
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by Sponsored by Headliners
2w ago
In 1989, CEO Shari Tomasiello and her mother created Headliners with a simple mission: that it would be an educationally based and goal-oriented competition, providing a fun and encouraging environment that’s inclusive of dancers of all sizes, levels, and abilities. As Headliners continues to expand—the 2025 tour boasts 33 regional competitions, two national competitions, and five conventions this fall—Tomasiello remains committed to that foundation, and to keeping the dancers at the center of it all. “We have always been about the kids,” she says. “This isn’t just a job for us ..read more
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You Could Win a Harlequin Ballet Barre and Dance Mat!
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by Sponsored by Harlequin Floors
2w ago
Have you always dreamed of setting up your own home studio? Harlequin is giving away a bundle of home-practice must-haves to one lucky Dance Spirit reader. Valued at $320, the giveaway includes a 78″ x 39″ Harlequin Cascade Dance Mat and a 4′-long Harlequin Studio Series Freestanding Ballet Barre. The multipurpose dance mat is slip-resistant and ideal for all types of dancing, including tap. (Harlequin Cascade is the floor of choice for companies including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Riverdance.) The freestanding barre, constructed ..read more
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Dabria Aguilar on Her Meteoric Rise From Comp Kid to Moulin Rouge! on Broadway
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by Haley Hilton For Dance Teacher
2w ago
When Dabria Aguilar moved to New York City in late 2022, her biggest dreams were to be cast in Moulin Rouge! on Broadway and to dance in a contemporary ballet company. Just over a year later, she not only accomplished both of those goals but spent a season dazzling in the ensemble of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well. Between Aguilar’s exceptional technique, boundless versatility, and commanding stage presence, it’s hard to predict where this 20-year-old will end up next. For now, she hopes to call Moulin Rouge! home for as long as possible.  Aguilar s ..read more
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Galen Hooks Wants You to Succeed, One Step at a Time
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by Haley Hilton
3w ago
It would be a disservice to Galen Hooks to chalk her magnetism up to something as elusive as an “X factor.” With over 20 years of professional experience, 70-plus performance and choreography credits dripping in A-list celebrities, a social media footprint with more than 300 million views and counting, and regularly sold-out master classes around the globe, Hooks has put in the work. Without skipping a single step, she found success, and wants the same for you. Hooks spent her early dance training at two competition studios in Walnut, California: Fine Arts and Dellos Performing Arts Center. At ..read more
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Ryan Maw Inspires Today’s Generation by Re-Creating Old Hollywood Tap Numbers
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by Leigh Scheps
3w ago
Some of the best old-Hollywood tap dancing musical numbers are being re-created for a new generation of dance fans. Ryan Maw, 22, a dancer and choreographer, currently living in Los Angeles, has restaged more than a handful of iconic dance classics, including “Choreography,” featuring Vera Ellen and John Brascia from White Christmas (1954) and Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor dancing to ‘Shall We Dance?’ and ‘Makin’ Whoopee,’ on the TV variety show ‘Pontiac Star Parade’ (1959). Maw’s rehearsal video of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in The Babbitt and the Bromide has over a million views on Instagr ..read more
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“SYTYCD” Week 10 Recap: And the Winner Is…
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by Cadence Neenan
3w ago
It’s been a crazy season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” We saw the show try out an all-new format, with the dancers competing in practical challenges instead of performing on the stage. We saw our top 10 not only dancing together but living together for the first time ever. We saw new judges and new guest choreographers. And, of course, we saw a whole bunch of amazing dancing.  But even with all the twists and turns, it wouldn’t be “So You Think You Can Dance” if a winner wasn’t crowned in the end. So which of our final three was named “America’s Best Dancer”? We’ve got the answer for y ..read more
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