How do dancers celebrate the new year? By thinking about summer,
naturally! Once the midnight countdown’s done and the confetti’s settled, it’s time to start
plotting out your summer intensive auditions. There’s no
better place to start than our “Summer Study Guide” (p. 60),
which has detailed info on hundreds of top programs. For
those of you auditioning by video, we’ve also got advice on
how to put together a digital package that’ll showcase your
skills (p. 39). And who knows? Maybe this summer, you’ll
end up improving your technique and finding a new BFF,
like the pros featured in “Summer Study Besties” (p. 42).
Happy New Year, friends!
NEW YEAR,New Beginnings!
Dance Spirit recently changed ownership. We thought you might like to hear
from Frederic M. Seegal on why he bought DanceMedia.
“I’m excited with the opportunity to help the DanceMedia team because this is an
exciting time for dance. Never before has dance (and dancers) been in the public and
media eye the way it is today, and, as a result, the needs of both dancers and dance
companies are changing dramatically. The need for a trusted voice is more important
than ever. We plan to continue to be at the center of it all and over time to extend our
extraordinary magazines into the same position in the digital world.
A little about me: vice chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, I have made my career
advising major media, telecom and internet clients. I have a passion for the performing
arts and have committed my time accordingly. I have served as president of American
Ballet Theatre’s Board of Trustees, and as trustee for New York City
Center, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera.
The one thing I’ve learned from my experience is that people come to
dance because of the dancers. Our mission is to make sure dancers
are recognized, educated and rewarded. Without you there would be
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We’re kicking off 2017 with commercial “it” girl Jade Chynoweth! Turn to p. 34 to find out how our cover girl became one of the hottest names in the industry—before her 18th birthday.