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dancespirit.com | September 2017
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Well, it’s official: Dance Spirit isn’t a teenager anymore! This issue marks
the magazine’s 20th anniversary—two full decades of exciting, insightful, all-around
fabulous dance coverage. And we’ve got some party gifts that’ll help you celebrate
that milestone birthday with us: a fun-fact-y collection of highlights from our favorite
issues past (p. 36) and a quiz that’ll test the depths of your DS knowledge (p. 38).
We wanted a major star to cover this major issue, and Kalani Hilliker more than
fits the bill. The 16-year-old wasn’t born when the first copies of DS hit newsstands,
but in her young life she’s already reached heady heights. And while many of her
fans (she’s at a casual 4. 2 million Instagram followers) discovered her on “Dance
Moms,” Kalani’s no flash-in-the-pan TV celebrity.
She’s got talent in spades, and hasn’t let the bright
lights of Hollywood distract her from her dedication
to dance. Turn to p. 66 to find out how she’s learned
to handle the pressures of fame gracefully.
Happy birthday, Dance Spirit Here’s to many
more years of all things dancetastic.
Goucher College Dance
O Let’s Talk About College
College is a huge source of anxiety for everyone—but especially for dancers, who have
to think about which programs will best balance their academic and artistic interests.
Our annual College Issue is here to help! The “Higher Ed Guide” (p. 106), with its
breakdown of hundreds of top programs, is a great place to start your college search.
Thinking about taking your studies overseas? Find out how to do it in “Transatlantic
Training” (p. 80). And for advice from college folks in the know, check out “What I
Wish I’d Known” (p. 72), which asks senior dance majors to reflect on their freshman
years, and “What Do College Dance Programs Really Look For?” (p. 76), which talks
to department heads about the qualities that make applicants stand out.