How Soulful, Joyful Dance Workouts Became the New Wellness Trend

“Stir up that recipe for greatness,” Casie “Tynee” Goshow says as she moves her arms in circles while teaching alone from a neon-lit platform at FORWARD__Space’s virtual hub. Goshow prompts the people watching her on-demand class to close their eyes as they continue the simple, repetitive combination: brushing hands in front of the face, then […]

Why We Can’t Take Our Eyes Off of Taylor Stanley

In a studio high above Lincoln Center, Taylor Stanley is rehearsing a solo from Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer. As the pianist plays Prokofiev’s plangent melody, Stanley begins to move, his arms forming crisp, clean lines while his upper body twists and melts from one position to the next. All you see is intention and […]

Bobbi Jene Smith and Maxine Doyle Talk Instinct and Trust in Collaboration

In a sun-soaked studio in Manhattan, members of the Martha Graham Dance Company (all women) lie on the floor with their feet and heads hovering off the ground. Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith encourages the dancers to be unapologetic about being looked at as their bodies begin to tremble with exhaustion and they move into a […]

Is Contemporary Class Bad for Dancers' Technique?

In today’s dance world, it seems to go without saying: The more varied the training, the better. But is that always the case? Rhonda Malkin, a New York City–based dance coach who performed with the Radio City Rockettes, thinks trendy contemporary techniques that emphasize improvisation and organic movement quality are detrimental to the precision and […]

The 5 Life Lessons That Help Amalia Smith Thrive at Batsheva

A newcomer to Batsheva’s main company, 23-year-old Amalia Smith is quickly learning how to keep her body safe and supple during Ohad Naharin’s rigorous rehearsals and world tours. Fatigue has become both a hurdle and a teacher. “Decadance is pretty much a marathon, and the new piece Venezuela is such crazy cardio I nearly had […]

Inside Katrina Lenk's Latest Broadway Gig: The Band's Visit

When Katrina Lenk says her feet never touched the ground in her Broadway debut, as a replacement in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, she’s not telling you how deliriously happy she was—though she was. Lenk is being literal: Playing Arachne, the show’s magical spider-woman, she was suspended in a gigantic web throughout. Her ability to […]

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