Tag: competitions

10 Things More Important Than Winning A Competition

In today’s culture, winning is everything—so much so that most dance competitions highlight trophies above all else and emphasize the importance of being on top. But before platinum and first place became top priority, competitions were a chance for dancers to be inspired, have an incredible experience, and grow, as both artists and people. Some […]

Top Dance Competition Judges Answer Your Biggest Questions

We asked judges Lisa White (of Starpower) and Chris Pederson (of Leap!) to answer reader-submitted questions. Survey says that you might be more than a little surprised by what they had to say. What Do You Look for in Dancers? “I’m huge on polished technique and proper placement. I also look for performance quality. If […]

Why You Should Know Comp King Luke Barrett

Luke Barrett’s been a standout on the comp scene for years now, thanks to his crystal-clear technique and soulful improv skills. He’s a two-time New York City Dance Alliance National Male Outstanding Dancer (Mini in 2016 and Junior in 2018), 2nd runner-up at The Dance Awards (2017), and Beat Squad member (2018). Luke hasn’t let […]

Where Should You Stand in a Convention Class?

Convention classes are inevitably packed. To have the best possible experience while surrounded by hundreds of fellow convention-goers, put some thought into where you choose to stand in the room. Start with a goal: “What people seek from class absolutely informs where they stand,” says Dana Wilson, hip-hop teacher for New York City Dance Alliance. […]

How to Keep Your Dance Costumes Looking as Good as New

Competition season is here, and you’ve finally received your beautiful new costumes. But how can you keep these ensembles looking stage-ready through Nationals next July? Here are the tips and tricks you need to prevent and troubleshoot costume problems. It’s All in the Bag According to Rhonda Bass, who has been making costumes by hand […]

The Best Long-Lasting Lipsticks To Get You Through Nationals

Nationals season is just around the corner, and we’re getting SUPER pumped. Although it’s truly one of the greatest times of the year for dancers, Nationals are also insane, tbh. Between running from convention classes to onstage performances to award shows, and trying to squeeze in a bite to eat or stay hydrated, it can […]

School Buzz: Future Star Award Winners 2009

DS traveled all over the country to see you shine at Nationals. check out the winners of the 2009 Dance Spirit Future Star Award. Congrats, winners! Emily Deahl Age: 17 The Southern Strutt, Irmo, SC Starpower, Orlando, FL       Meghan DeGraff Age: 18 The World of Dance, Albany, NY StarQuest, Virginia Beach, VA […]

Prodigy Miko Fogarty Grows Up

Miko Fogarty doesn’t buckle under pressure. Competing at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, one of the most prestigious dance events in the world? No sweat. Dealing when, en route to that competition, the airline loses her luggage, leaving her stranded with little more than her pointe shoes? Not a problem. Coping after the live orchestra […]