Tag: dance spirit

How Rest and Recovery Can Take Your Dancing to the Next Level

More studio time = more improvement? Not always, according to Roman Zhurbin, American Ballet Theatre soloist and certified personal trainer. “It’s absolutely necessary to take rest days so your body can reset and you stay motivated,” says Zhurbin. “Seven days a week of hard training is just unhealthy.” What is healthy: letting your body recover […]

Majoring in Dance? Here's How to Choose Your Concentration

So you want to be a dance major? Wonderful! But in college, your choices don’t end there. Pedagogy, kinesiology, arts management: What can those different tracks help you with? Choosing a college concentration that opens up multiple career options is a smart move, setting you up for not only an exciting performance career, but also […]

Why You Should Know 14-Year-Old Hip Hopper Lil Dee Dee

You could say that Donielle “Lil Dee Dee” Hansley joined the family business: His dad (a dancer and recording artist) was his first dance teacher, and his three older siblings are a circus artist, a rapper, and a singer. Dee Dee’s been carving out a path in the entertainment world since the tender age of […]

Dear Katie: How Do I Know When to Switch Dance Studios?

In our “Dear Katie” series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured! Dear Katie, I’m on the fence about switching studios. My current studio is pretty relaxed about technique, but it’s like a second home to me—I […]

6 Dance Books You Should Add To Your Back-To-School List

Summer’s coming to a close which means it’s time to head back to school and back to the studio. And though we have no doubt that you’ll log a lot of dancing this fall, every dancer knows that there’s bound to be down time in between technique classes, rehearsals, stretching, and waiting to be picked […]

When and How to Speak Up for Yourself in the Studio

Picture this: You’re in rehearsal, and you finally get a move the way the choreographer wants it—except that it makes your back twinge each time. Should you say you’re in pain, or should you suck it up and keep going? You don’t want to injure yourself, but you also don’t want to jeopardize your role. […]