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Often, Disney princesses get flak for being weak and passive as they wait to be rescued by their princes. But Scott Winn's video of Belle and Elsa breaking it down in a fierce dance battle gives these princesses some serious street cred.

It doesn't hurt that a few of the best dancers in the biz are featured in the playful parody. "Step Up: High Water" star Jade Chynoweth might initially be hard to recognize under that Belle wig, but once the dancing starts, her high energy and show-stopping moves make her easy to identify. And "Glee" standout Haylee Roderick, as Anna, brings some high-caliber technique to the spoof as well.

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We've all heard William Shakespeare's famous quote "all the world's a stage." Dance photographer, Jordan Matter has taken that quote quite literally as he prefers to shoot his dancers in every day settings like grocery stores, subway stations, and even in the middle of the street. But Matter takes things to a whole new level of outrageous in his latest YouTube video, where he teams up with dancer and model Em Marie, for a photo shoot in Miami International Airport. That's right, Matter uses the chaotic and rather aggravating ambiance that is an airport for the backdrop of one of the most elegant art forms—and we don't hate it.

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There are holiday ads, and there are HOLIDAY ADS. Apple's festive new campaign, titled "Sway," is definitely the latter! We love everything about it, from the music (can't go wrong with a Sam Smith serenade), to the insane dance stunts, to the "punny" tagline: "Move someone this holiday." But the coolest part of the ad has to do with the dancers themselves.

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Matthew Bourne's "Nutcracker" (photo by Simon Annand, courtesy Raw PR)

When most of us think of The Nutcracker, we imagine a growing Christmas tree, dancing mice, and a little girl named Clara (or Marie) traveling to the Land of Sweets. But companies around the world have been reinventing the holiday classic, changing the storyline or adding their own spectacular sets and characters. To get in the Nutcracker spirit this season, check out these out-of-the-box productions.

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Photo by Victoria Schwarzi, courtesy National Ballet of Canada

Few things are as magical as a new tutu. But what goes into the creation of this iconic ballet costume? We followed a National Ballet of Canada Swan Lake tutu—made for first soloist Emma Hawes'debut as Odette/Odile—from sketch to stage.

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These fun and fabulous super-strappy designs will chase the boring-leo blues away.

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Last night was New York City Ballet's fall gala, which is basically prom night for NYCB and its most stylish fans. The highly anticipated evening merged fashion and ballet, featuring collaborations between the industries' most talented designers and choreographers. And while the performance was exceptional, we were as obsessed with what we saw on the red carpet as what we saw onstage.

Though the event attracted some of Hollywood's most fashionable celebs (we bow down to NYCB gala queen Sarah Jessica Parker), we thought many of the most stylish ladies of the night were the NYCB dancers and choreographers themselves. (Dancers clean up pretty well!) Check out some of our favorite styles of the "'rinas" who traded their tights and leos for heels and a gown.

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Cartier doesn't just make elegant jewelry. They also make elegant commercials that will have you and your dance friends double-tapping their ballet inspired Instagram ad.

The 15-second teaser depicts a dancer in an empty theater, showing off her goal-worthy extension and sky-high saut de chats. The metallic leotard and freestyle routine give a modern twist to the traditional ballet aesthetic. This is an elegant yet edgy take on the ballet world that we can't stop swooning 😍 over. Well done, Cartier!

This is all the #MotivationMonday you'll need to get you through the day (and maybe the week)!

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