New Year's Resolutions From Our 2019 "25 to Watch"
By now, you've probably gotten to know our latest "25 to Watch" picks. We're expecting great things from them in the year to come, but what do they have in mind for 2019? For a little New Year's inspiration, we asked a few of them to share the resolutions they'll be carrying into next year.
He in Balanchine's Who Cares? Photo by Kim Kinney, Courtesy Atlanta Ballet
In the new year, I want to bring mindfulness into my everyday life and into the studio. I aim to work on being fully present in each moment and experience, aware of where I am and what I'm doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around me. I also resolve to be more courageous and confident, and to trust myself when it comes to things that may be out of my comfort zone.
Photo courtesy Denton
I view resolutions as guidelines rather than goals, so I tend to make them rather broad, but I do have two for 2019 that I think are relevant:
1. As part of my research I've started a new project looking at the formation of massive impact basins on solar system objects from the Moon to Pluto, and I want to use the unique physics observed in their formation as the basis for a new dance project thinking about fluidization of group movement as an exploration of turning geologic motion into physical motion.
2. To engage the planetary science community in a more humanistic approach to our future exploration goals and projects, including discussion of how to broaden artistic engagement as well as developing an inclusive feminist future for space exploration.
Bell in rehearsal. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy ABT
I feel like New Year's resolutions are pretty dicey. I mean, if there is something important that needs to be done, I've already done it, am in the process of doing it or I need to stop pretending like it's going to get done. So, I would say, the New Year is a good time to re-evaluate my priorities.
Troyak in Pina Bausch's The Seven Deadly Sins. Photo by Jochen Viehoff, Courtesy Troyak
1. One goal is to launch a YouTube channel series I've been working on with my boyfriend John. I get tons of questions on social media from aspiring dancers about what it's like living abroad, navigating Europe, company life, etc. It's been been a journey for me for sure! So we have started to build a channel to help dancers into this crazy industry (and to provide insight into us as a couple.) Look out for "In Bed with Steph & John" in the new year, where you can cuddle up in bed on your laptop and chat with us while we do the same!
2. Learn German—I know the basics, but I want to get more fluent.
3. Go to bed an hour earlier at night to get an extra hour in the morning. I'm the girl that wakes up and runs out the door, but I would so benefit from taking my time, planning the day and enjoying my morning coffee before leaving the house.
4. Finding consistency when I tour. When I travel, it's really hard to stick to my usual routine, but I'm looking to find more balance!
Gareiss in his Solo Square Dance. Photo by HR Photography, Courtesy Gareiss
I've resolved to keep a weekly public blog post as a means of sharing and archiving the cultural dance traditions I'm researching and creating with.
Morland in Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener's SWITCH. Photo by Paula Lobo, Courtesy Morland
From 2019 until forever, I will give time and love to the lifelong process of meeting myself in totality. I will trust that every moment past was the only way, but also reflect on and harvest something from these experiences. I will acknowledge the infinite beauty of everything!
Dolan as Dew Drop in Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Arian Molina Soca, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet
1. Better my dancing through all aspects of life, like other art forms, nature and the people around me, to give my dancing more depth and meaning.
2. Improve with positivity rather than negativity.
3. Make each performance better than the last.
4. Widen the variety of my cooking with new foods, spices and techniques.
5. Enjoy small things I often take for granted.
6. Approach every day with gratitude.
7. Always think about my posture!
8. Live every moment with friends, family and dancing to the fullest.
Photo by Tatiana Willis, Courtesy Taylor
My New Year's resolution is to find the joy in each season of my life—whether it is difficult or pleasant!
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Now, Mason is repackaging the essence of this work into a digital archive. This online offering shares the knowledge of a few with many, and considers how dance can live on as those who create it get older.
The way we create and consume dance is changing every day. Now more than ever, the field demands that dancers not only be able to perform at the highest level, but also collaborate with choreographers to bring their artistic visions to life. Dancers who miss out on choreographic training may very well find themselves at a disadvantage as they try to launch their careers.
When a musical prepares to make the transfer from a smaller, lesser-known venue to Broadway (where theaters hold 500-plus seats), often there's a collective intake of breath from all involved. After all, a bigger house means more tickets to sell in order to stay in the black, and sometimes shows with even the most tenacious fan bases can't quite navigate such a jump. But what about the transfer from stage…to screen? Is Broadway ready to be consumed from the comfort of your couch?
Daphne Lee was dancing with Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, Tennessee, when she received two difficult pieces of news: Her mother had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer, and her father had Parkinson's disease, affecting his mobility and mental faculties.
The New Jersey native's reaction: "I really need to move home."
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Since Shea New, the festival's artistic director, founded the festival in 1998, she's worked tirelessly with McCallum's director of education and festival producer, Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, and stage manager and festival production manager Joanna Fookes to build a festival that nurtures choreographers, highlights high quality work, powerfully engages the local community and cultivates an audience base for dance in the Coachella Valley. The trio is backed by a strong team of professionals at McCallum and the brilliant volunteers from the local and national level who serve as adjudicators.
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Summer is almost upon us, and whether you're a student about to go on break or a pro counting the days till layoff, don't forget that with warm weather comes a very serious responsibility: To maintain your cross-training routine on your own.
Those of us who've tried to craft our own cross-training routine know it's easier said than done. So we consulted the stars, and rounded up the best options for every zodiac sign. (TBH, you should probably consult an expert, too—we'd recommend a physical therapist, a personal trainer or your teacher.)
It's become second nature in dance studios: The instant anyone gets hurt, our immediate reaction is to run to the freezer to grab some ice (or, more realistically, a package of frozen peas).
But as routine as icing our injuries might be, the benefits are not actually backed up by scientific studies. And some experts now believe icing could even disrupt the healing process.
I'm a contemporary dancer, and I'm nervous about trying to get pregnant since I can't predict if it might happen during the middle of the season. We have a union contract that is supposed to protect us. But I'm scared because several of my colleagues' contracts weren't renewed for no particular reason. Having a big belly could be a big reason to get rid of me!
—Andrea, New York, NY
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The groups featured in the show, largely based around clubs and electronic dance music scenes, span the globe and respond to a variety of issues—from inequality and social stratification to racial divides to crackdowns on club culture itself.
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, fabulous ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several of our faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:
When you're a foreign dancer, gaining legal rights to work in the U.S. is a challenging process. It's especially difficult if you're petitioning to work as a freelance dancer without an agent or company sponsorship.
The process requires professional muscle along with plenty of resources and heart. "There's a real misnomer that it's super easy," says Neena Dutta, immigration attorney and president of Dutta Law Firm. "People need to educate themselves and talk to a professional."
Here are four things every foreign dancer who wants to work in the U.S. needs to know to build a freelance dance career here.
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So what kinds of steps can you take to become successful? Dance Magazine spoke to 33 people from all corners of the industry to get their advice on the lessons that could help us all, no matter where we are in our careers.
On May 18, 1919, Margot "Peggy" Hookham was born. She would grow up to become Dame Margot Fonteyn, England's first homegrown prima ballerina. She joined the Sadler's Wells School in 1934 and was performing principal roles with the precursor to The Royal Ballet the next year. Fonteyn was a company-defining figure, dancing Aurora for the re-opening of the Royal Opera House after World War II, creating numerous roles with Sir Frederick Ashton and forging a legendary partnership with Rudolf Nureyev.