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A Day in the Life of a 12-Year-Old B-Boy Star

Back in November, we met seven incredible b-girls—all under the age of 16—who are straight beasting the hip-hop scene. (And we put one of them—the beautiful Simrin Player aka "Simi"—on our cover!)

(L to R) L-Pop, Em, Simi, T.Knight and JJ pose for their "Little Girls in a B-Girl World" shoot (photos by Erin Baiano)

Then, in January, we caught up with the tiny B-Girl Terra (age 6 at the time). This tyke competed against dancers twice her age at the Chelles Battle Pro in Paris in 2013! #headspinsfordays

With all these young feminine freestylin' phenoms, we find ourselves asking: "Where them (b-)boys at?!"

Jalen Testerman (Photo by Tony Kelly)

Cue 12-year-old Jalen Testerman. This prodigy began dancing at the ripe young age of 5, after watching Dave Scott's You've Got Served. Shortly after, he began an intensive training regiment with his devoted dad (and full-time coach). And man, has this kid been successful: He's appeared on TV shows like "Ellen," "Oprah," "Maury," "Dance Moms" and "Shake It Up" and in movies like Step Up 3D and Jack and Jill. He's competed in countless break-dancing competitions, and he's been featured in several commercials. Oh, and he danced alongside J-Biebs. That's an impressive resumé for an adult...never mind a preteen!

Last week, ABC's "Nightline News" devoted an entire segment to Jalen: "Born to Dance: The Breakdancing Kid." The news team shadowed him for three days as he prepared for the Sweet Sixteen battle in Seattle, WA. Check it out!

Spoiler alert: Jalen makes a mean PB&J, and his family is the most adorable.

Bonus: Want to learn more about battling? Check out this advice from the pros, including Dave Scott himself!

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Photos by Erin Baiano

It's time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we're hosting a contest to find out who's the best turner of them all.

Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. And if our editors think you're the top turner, you'll win a fabulous prize.

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Dancer to Dancer

All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.

From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.

Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.

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J.Crew's putting a whole new spin on its brand —literally. The popular clothing line's inspired ad campaign has a group of cute male models showing off their best moves in a series of playful dance battles. When we saw one of those models throw down the gauntlet with a rather impressive series of chaîné turns, we knew he had to be a trained dancer, and we were right: He's former New York City Ballet corps member Joshua Thew. Dancer and model Smith Reesie also shows off in a seriously impressive freestyle.

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Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas in the Season 25 premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" (Eric McCandless/ABC)

It's fall! The leaves are changing, everything everywhere is pumpkin-spice flavored—and "Dancing with the Stars" is back on the air. For the 25th time. Season TWENTY-FIVE, y'all: Here we go.

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The Top 4 in Travis Wall and Christopher Scott's group routine (Adam Rose/FOX)

Koine. Kiki. Lex. Taylor. Welcome to the fight to the finale!

On last night's show—the last one before the last one—the Top 4 performed roughly one million times, including an opening number, a group routine, a solo, an All Star duet (a favorite from earlier in the season), and a routine paired with a fellow contestant. And best of all: No one went home! (Yet.) Here's a rundown of all the good stuff.

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Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice at their January 2016 cover shoot (photo by Joe Toreno)

If you're deep in the Monday Blues, we've got just the thing for you: a Kaycee Rice Instagram takeover, with lots of special guests.

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Dance News

Fourteen-year-old Kennadi Boese is a teenage dance superhero. For one thing, she's successfully living a double life. One day, she's studying dance and going to school in Colorado like a normal teenager; the next, she's booking major L.A. gigs like the Kids' Choice Sports Awards. It's not just Kennadi's schedule that's super-powered: Her turns are effortless and endless, and she's crazy-versatile (flamenco, anyone?).

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Dancer to Dancer

Considering a dance degree to build on your competition experiences? DS caught up with comp-circuit stars who chose higher ed to learn the advantages of transitioning from comp kid to college kid.

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