So you might think I am crazy writing about actual printed Magazines in an era of virtual reads on the internet, but I remember a time where I used to spend afternoons devouring the pages of the latest Dance Australia Magazine that my mom would buy me and when I was finished reading the articles I would cut out my favorite photos, creating collages and tacking them to my walls or covering my school books with the images!
The best dance magazines to subscribe to today are Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Dance Australia, Inside Dance and Dancing Times, all of which you can get printed copies and flick through and which I link to in this article below!
Many I guess might argue, well you can print out photos and do that without having to buy an actual in print magazine, but I would disagree and say that it would be more cost and time-efficient to just subscribe to a printed Dance Magazine rather than go through the effort, paper, and color printing ink it would take to do that, not to mention the copyrighting issues!
What I also love about magazines are that they take us away from our screens – it is great to be able to read an article on the go on our phone if we don’t have the actual magazine on us (most magazines offer both digital and print subscriptions), but it is also nice to be tech and screen free and really get a sense of what is going on in the dance world.
So without further ado, here is a list of the best Dance Magazines currently in print today that you can buy and subscribe to!
Dance Magazine is probably one of the most well known Dance Magazines in the world. It is published monthly by Dance Media LLC who also publish Dance Spirit, Pointe Magazine and Dance Teacher which are all printed less frequently and are geared at more niche audiences. Dance Magazine was first published in 1927 but back then it was known as The American Dancer. The magazine is well known for covering ballet and modern dance, Broadway, tap and commercial dance although it does leave a lot of popular trends to be covered through its sister magazine Dance Spirit. It also primarily focuses on it’s US market – the advertising is mainly US based, although you will see world dance issues and dancers covered as they come into focus and are important to the overall understanding of dance in the world. In every issue you can also find wellbeing issues discussed such as injury prevention, nutrition tips, and fitness. An in-training section that highlights teachers and coaches with top tips on how to improve. A career-focused segment highlighting insights into the opportunities that dance can bring as well as essays from the biggest dance stars and conversations and discussions on timely issues.
Dance Spirit Magazine is the little sibling of Dance Magazine. It caters for the young adult and teen dancer, but that is not a totally accurate description of the magazine which basically has a more upbeat and modern vibe to it, compared to Dance Magazine. Dance Spirit features a larger variety of dance styles, the latest trends, alternative choreography and has a much more contemporary feel to its articles compared to Dance Magazine. It is filled with photos of the coolest dancers as well as tips, training and advice. It includes a letter written by star dancers to their teenage selves sharing their knowledge with readers, a Dear Katie column where Kathryn Morgan, a Miami Ballet Soloist answers questions. A series called ‘Off the Record’ tells the stories of dancers, ‘Body Buzz’ is where all things health-related can be found. ‘Spotlight’ addresses technique and training advice, ‘College Corner’ spills everything you need to know about dancing at college. A ‘You Should Know’ section highlights up and coming artists, projects and companies and a segment called ‘Plus’ that details competition advice and information. The biggest difference between Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit is that it is a quarterly publication rather than monthly like Dance Magazine!
Pointe Magazine is also a quarterly magazine and caters for the aspiring or current company dancer. As its name suggests Pointe Magazine focuses exclusively on the world of Ballet and is filled with tips, advice, instruction, guidance as well as interviews with the stars and most well-known dancers in the world of ballet today. In Pointe Magazine you will see Professional and expert teachers give advice in the ‘Your Training’ section. You get a look into the lives of professional dancers in the ‘Show & Tell’ and ‘Exclusive Photo Essay’ sections. Artistic directors give insights into what they are looking for in their dancers in the ‘Director’s Notes’ and there is also pages committed to providing the most current and up to date information on health, training and wellbeing in the ‘Your Best Body’ section of the Magazine.
NAME: Dance Australia
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
PUBLISHER: Yaffa Publishing Group Pty Ltd
PRINT FREQUENCY: Bi-Monthly
I grew up reading Dance Australia Magazine, so I am partial to it I am afraid over other publications! It is a great magazine highlighting the enormous talent that there is in Australia as well as covering many informational topics including dancer physical and mental health and wellbeing, training, trends and everything and anything to do with dance. This magazine is available as both a print and digital version.
Dance teacher is a magazine, published every two months that focuses on issues dance teachers and studio owners face. It spotlights teacher stories and provides information on training, trends, current issues, and advice on operating and owning a dance studio. Specifically, it has pages where experts answer questions, and master teachers demonstrate their knowledge, strategies, and tools are discussed and theory and practice are looked at. There is also a section with a round-up of essential dance news. A subscription would be a great idea for your dance teacher or someone you know who is thinking or wanting to become a teacher.
NAME: Inside Dance
LOCATION: Atlanta, USA
PUBLISHER: Inside Publications LLC
PRINT FREQUENCY: Bi-Monthly
Inside dance is a magazine distributed every two months and is part of the Inside Magazine family that also publishes the magazines Inside Gymnastics, Inside Cheer, Cheer Biz News and more. Inside Dance is for dancers, teachers, choreographers, parents, industry professionals, and studio owners and directors. They describe their magazine as taking a fresh look at the world of dance and spotlights conventions, competitions, tours and the commercial and professional side of dance. The magazine also contains information on wellness, training, trends and more.
NAME: Dancing Times
LOCATION: London, UK
PUBLISHER: The Dancing Times Limited
PRINT FREQUENCY: Monthly
Dancing Times is a monthly publication from the United Kingdom. The magazine was first published in 1894 and played a large part in the foundation of the Royal Academy of Dance as well as the British Board of Ballroom Dancing. The magazine describes their content as containing the latest news, views, and reviews for the world of dance, and therefore does not just cover issues occurring in the United Kingdom. They regularly interview leading dancers, teachers, and choreographers and have regular features covering education and health. Along with beautiful dance photography they also supply calendar listings and places to learn. This magazine is available as both a print and a digital version.