The Songs Your Favorite Dance Artists Can't Stop Listening To
The most-played song on your Spotify says a lot about you. Maybe it's that guilty pleasure track you dance to while you're in the kitchen, or the one you have to listen to before going onstage.
We talked to 10 of our favorite pros about the song that's racked up the most plays on their phones—whether it's one they teach to, cross-train to, or just a song that helps them escape.
Miami City Ballet's Nathalia Arja: "Finesse" by Bruno Mars
Daniel Azoulay, Courtesy Miami City Ballet
Martha Graham Dance Company's PeiJu Chien-Pott: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
An Rong Xu
The Washington Ballet's Ashley Murphy: "Broken But I'm Healed" by Byron Cage
Theo Kossenas, Courtesy The Washington Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Leta Biasucci: Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off"
Angela Sterling, Courtesy PNB
B-girl and Choreographer Ephrat Asherie: "A Flower is A Lovesome Thing" by Ehud Asherie
Robert Altman, Courtesy Asherie
Pennsylvania Ballet's Sterling Baca: "Ride Out" by Schoolboy Q
Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet
Tap Dancer Caleb Teicher: "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee
Boston Ballet's Joy Womack: "Fingertips" by One Republic, "Romantic" by Stanaj
Kyoungjin Kim, courtesy Universal Ballet
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts: "See You Again" (feat. Kali Uchis) by Tyler The Creator
Paul Kolnik, courtesy Ailey
Dutch National Ballet's Michaele DePrince: "I Was Here" by Beyoncé
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 improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
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 any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
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 time to reach for more than water?