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A New Twist for "SYTYCD"

SYTYCD is focusing on young contestants for Season 13.

A young dancer auditions in Los Angeles. Photo by Adam Rose, Courtesy Fox.

It’s been more than 10 years since “So You Think You Can Dance” began plucking young talents from the masses and asking viewers to crown “America’s favorite dancer.” For its 13th season, beginning May 30 on Fox, “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” will concentrate on contestants ages 8–13, across various styles of dance. Instead of the usual Las Vegas week, selected dancers will enter “The Academy,” from which a top 10 will be chosen. Then, each contestant will be paired with an All-Star dancer from a previous season. Is this the slow demise of the “So You Think” brand? At its peak, the show aired twice weekly and auditioned in six cities; this season, it will hold auditions in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will return, with the help of a new judge, Maddie Ziegler.

Dance on Broadway
Michelle Dorrance. Photo by Jayme Thornton

What do Percy Jackson, Princess Diana and Tina Turner have in common? They're all characters on Broadway this season. Throw in Michelle Dorrance's choreographic debut, Henry VIII's six diva-licious wives and the 1990s angst of Alanis Morissette, and the 2019–20 season is shaping up to be an exciting mix of past-meets-pop-culture-present.

Here's a look at the musicals hitting Broadway in the coming months. We're biding our time until opening night!

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UA Dance Ensemble members Candice Barth and Gregory Taylor in Jessica Lang's "Among the Stars." Photo by Ed Flores, courtesy University of Arizona

If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.

The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:

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Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light in DESCENT, which our readers chose as last year's "Most Moving Performance." Photo by Jay Newman, courtesy Kinetic Light

Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.

We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.

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Health & Body
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Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.

For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?

Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.

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