2017 was full of memorable dance moments, but as we start the new year, we can't help but wonder what it will bring to the stage and the field at large. Here's what the Dance Magazine team is wishing for in 2018.


A Can't-Miss Show

"What I'm dying to see in 2018 is Akram Khan's new—and last-ever—solo show, Xenos. It's premiering in Athens, Greece, in February, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed so hard that he announces some tour dates to the U.S. He's one of those artists whose works can make you see the world differently, and his brilliant hybrid contemporary/Kathak technique is simply magnetic when performed by his own body. Treat us one last time, Akram!" —Jennifer Stahl, editor in chief

Innovative Leadership and Safer Workplaces

"The interim management team assembled at New York City Ballet following Peter Martins' leave was a smart surprise. For all arts organizations, I wonder about the potential for more innovative leadership structure. Also, how can arts organizations and their leadership inspire and encourage innovation in all aspects of operation, production, artistry and engagement? In light of what motivated the moves at NYCB, my wish is for workplaces free of the abuses reported, and for the broad organizational shifts required to accomplish that." —Raymond Mingst, creative director

More Work from These Women, Plus Cheaper Rehearsal Space

"More ballets from Lauren Lovette, Gemma Bond and Gianna Reisen. More affordable rehearsal space in NYC (but elsewhere, too). More kindness, not just to our fellow dancers and dancemakers but to ourselves." —Courtney Escoyne, assistant editor

Musicals with Original Stories, Plus More Positivity Onstage

"I'd love to see some fresh, completely new stories on Broadway next season. Songbook musicals and film-to-theater projects can be fun, but getting swept up by something totally original is exhilarating. I'd also like to see more art that uplifts audiences and performers alike, by celebrating the differences and similarities that make the dance community—and the world—a rich place." —Madeline Schrock, managing editor

Policies That Advocate for Art

A protest in Phoenix. Photo by Einar E Kvaran.

"Federal threats of decreased funding for the arts, changes in tax and health-care policies, and limits on access to information suggest that 2018 could be a scary year for dancemakers. I wish for state and local policies that push back and advocate for artists, and for solidarity amongst the dance community." —Lauren Wingenroth, assistant editor

More High Fashion Onstage

"I would love to see more collaborations between dance and fashion. New York City Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet worked with some really cool designers this past year—NYCB with Off-White's Virgil Abloh and POB with Balmain's Olivier Rousteing—and I think it's a fun way for both sides to reach new audiences. I'd love to see this expand to more companies and include younger/up-and-coming designers." —Marissa DeSantis, assistant editor

Grants for Newer Artists, Plus Dance That Addresses Cultural Issues

"I want to see more grant opportunities for newer artists. We know about the MacArthur Fellows Program, MAP Fund and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, but those are for artists who are already very much established. I also would like to see more crossover between dance and cultural issues (harassment, bias in dance criticism, etc). Certain projects like Wise Fruit and Gibney Community Action are doing a great job of this, and I think more organizations could do the same." —Kelsey Grills, assistant editor audience engagement

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The 10 Biggest Dance Stories of 2019

What were the dance moments that defined 2019? The stories that kept us talking, week after week? According to our top-clicked articles of the year, they ranged from explorations of dance medicine and dance history, takedowns of Lara Spencer and companies who still charge dancers to audition, and, of course, our list of expert tips on how to succeed in dance today.

We compiled our 10 biggest hits of the year, and broke down why we think they struck a chord:

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I Am a Black Dancer Who Was Dressed Up in Blackface to Perform in La Bayadère

On Instagram this week, Misty Copeland reposted a picture of two Russian ballerinas covered head to toe in black, exposing the Bolshoi's practice of using blackface in the classical ballet La Bayadère. The post has already received over 60,000 likes and 2,000 comments, starting a long overdue conversation.

Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

I am a black dancer, and in 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was dressed up in blackface to perform in the Mariinsky Ballet's production of La Bayadère.

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Here's the First Trailer for the "In the Heights" Movie

Lights up on Washington Heights—because the trailer for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights has arrived. It's our first look into Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest venture into film—because LMM isn't stopping at three Tony awards, a Grammy award, and an Emmy.

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