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It's Time to Dispel the Myth of "Ideal" Dancer Weight

It's Time to Dispel the Myth of "Ideal" Dancer Weight

It's Time to Dispel the Myth of "Ideal" Dancer Weight As a dietitian specializing in dance nutrition, the most common DM flooding my inbox is “How can I drop pounds (specifically from body fat) and gain muscle?” The short answer? Not happening. None The more we attempt to control the number on the scale, the more we risk developing physiological, biological and psychological deterrents that can drive us away from the passion we love: dance. ... Read More »

Watch This Ballet Dancer Own the Floor as an Improvisational Swing Dance Champion

Watch This Ballet Dancer Own the Floor as an Improvisational Swing Dance Champion

Watch This Ballet Dancer Own the Floor as an Improvisational Swing Dance Champion Just hearing the word “improvisation” is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it’s a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions. She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve ... Read More »

Pioneering Trans Artist Sean Dorsey Is on a Mission to Reshape the Dance Field

Pioneering Trans Artist Sean Dorsey Is on a Mission to Reshape the Dance Field

Pioneering Trans Artist Sean Dorsey Is on a Mission to Reshape the Dance Field Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, “it was my heart’s desire to create change in the world,” he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer. Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn’t identify strongly with ... Read More »

When Should Dancers Hydrate with More than Water?

When Should Dancers Hydrate with More than Water?

When Should Dancers Hydrate with More than Water? It’s hour three of an intense rehearsal, you’re feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration? Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you’re dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it’s ... Read More »

How Devoutly Religious Dancers Combine Spiritual Beliefs and their Secular Passion

How Devoutly Religious Dancers Combine Spiritual Beliefs and their Secular Passion

How Devoutly Religious Dancers Combine Spiritual Beliefs and their Secular Passion Inside a bustling television studio in Los Angeles, Lindsay Arnold Cusick hears the words “Five minutes to showtime.” While dancers and celebrities covered head to toe in sequins whirl around preparing for their live performances on “Dancing with the Stars,” Cusick pauses to say a prayer to God and express her gratitude. “I know that it’s not a given, and I’m grateful for the ... Read More »

Despite Michael Jackson's Molestation Allegations, MJ The Musical Will Hit Broadway This Summer

Despite Michael Jackson's Molestation Allegations, MJ The Musical Will Hit Broadway This Summer

Despite Michael Jackson's Molestation Allegations, MJ The Musical Will Hit Broadway This Summer The hotly-debated Michael Jackson biomusical is back on. Not that it was ever officially off, but after its pre-Broadway Chicago run was canceled in February, its future seemed shaky. Now, the show has secured a Broadway theater, with previews starting July 6 at the Neil Simon Theater. None Already, the musical has been through several stages of change: The Chicago cancellation occurred ... Read More »

Jacques d'Amboise's First Apollo Was "Terrible." Here's What It Taught Him About Being a Dancer.

Jacques d'Amboise's First Apollo Was "Terrible." Here's What It Taught Him About Being a Dancer.

Jacques d'Amboise&039;s First Apollo Was "Terrible." Here&039;s What It Taught Him About Being a Dancer. In the October 1969 issue of Dance Magazine, we spoke with Jacques d’Amboise, then 20 years into his career with New York City Ballet. Though he became a principal dancer in 1953, the star admitted that it hadn’t all been smooth sailing. “I knew that I was terrible in my first Apollo,” he told us, “and when Balanchine did not ... Read More »

Twitter Thinks Ads For This Dance Show Are "Adult Sexual Content"

Twitter Thinks Ads For This Dance Show Are "Adult Sexual Content"

Twitter Thinks Ads For This Dance Show Are "Adult Sexual Content" These days, social media is an essential tool for dance companies looking to promote their work. Karole Armitage’s company, Armitage Gone! Dance, recently posted ads for their upcoming show at New York Live Arts, You Took A Part Of Me, a “mysterious and hypnotic display of erotic entanglement and unresolved attachment” inspired by traditional Japanese Noh drama. None But Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have ... Read More »

Black Ballet History Organization MoBBallet Hosts Its First Symposium

Black Ballet History Organization MoBBallet Hosts Its First Symposium

Black Ballet History Organization MoBBallet Hosts Its First Symposium MoBBallet, an organization founded by Dance Magazine contributing editor Theresa Ruth Howard in 2015 to preserve and promote the legacy of black dancers in ballet, hosts its first symposium October 11–13 at Pennsylvania Ballet. Offering separate courses for intermediate to pre-professional students, dance educators and the greater Philadelphia dance community, the pilot aims to foster community and fortify the studio-to-company pipeline for black ballet students. Faculty ... Read More »

A John Wick Spin-Off Centered on a Ballerina-Turned-Assassin Is Happening

A John Wick Spin-Off Centered on a Ballerina-Turned-Assassin Is Happening

A John Wick Spin-Off Centered on a Ballerina-Turned-Assassin Is Happening When New York City Ballet soloist Unity Phelan appeared as a ballerina training to become an assassin in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum earlier this year, it could have easily been a one-off. This particular backstory has become prevalent at the movies over the last few years—take Jennifer Lawrence’s character in Red Sparrow and Natasha Romanov, aka Black Widow, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ... Read More »

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