This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. First up: Isabella Torres from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, who competed at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals for the first time this year. (All photos courtesy Shannon Torres.)

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There's nothing like a pair of pointe shoes—especially when they're candy-colored, bedazzled, and covered in lace! Check out some of our favorites:

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Yes, you read that right. Our favorite pre-teen celebrity is now a brand ambassador for Capezio.

Maddie's no stranger to fashion shoots, and she absolutely kills it in her Capezio photos. I mean, just look at this gorgeousness:

(Photo by Sinisha Nisevic via Capezio)

As usual, Maddie has a knack for switching up her look and body language to suit the moment, whether it's performing in one of Sia's emotionally draining music videos, walking the red carpet at an awards show or fashion event or posing in a fashion editorial. She and her #fiercehair are just unstoppable. Congrats, Maddie!

Whether it’s your first pair or your 50th, picking out the right pointe shoes can be difficult. Dance Spirit talked to Victoria Lyman, owner of Allegro Dance Boutique in Evanston and Barrington, IL—the Joffrey Academy of Dance’s shop of choice—to get the lowdown on the latest shoes. These picks are comfortable, flexible and quieter than ever before. Finding your perfect pointe shoe just got a little bit easier!

Lyman says: “Your feet are always changing, so it’s important to make sure you’re fitted for shoes regularly.”

Grishko—Nova

Box narrows slightly, making it a good choice for dancers with tapered toes

Made with a new glue that reduces sound

 

 

Bloch Inc.—Hanna, S0109L

Lower heel means less bunched-up fabric on pointe

Soft shank helps you get all the way over your box

 

 

Gaynor Minden—Standard Pink Satin Sleek Heel

Elastic drawstring ties on the side of the foot, so it’s easy to hide

Lining wicks moisture and helps keep your shoes smelling fresh

Sleek heel and profile show off your pretty arches

 

 

Só Dança—Claudia, SD09

Softer shank lets you roll through demi-pointe more easily

Supportive wings

Wide platform helps with balance

 

 

Sansha—La Pointe No.3

Pre-darned platform—the work’s done for you!

High vamps, high sides and medium support make this shoe a good fit for feet of moderate strength and flexibility.

Hard shank will last through countless relevés

 

Mirella —Whisper, MS140

Plush lining + built-in toe pad = super-comfortable

Lightweight and quiet

 

 

 

Capezio —Studio Pointe, 1122

Available with a super-hard shank that’s good for dancers with strong feet

Elastic drawstrings and binding keep the shoe from slipping off your heel

 

 

 

Photography by Nathan Sayers.

(photo by Nathan Sayers)

Who said dance bags couldn't be durable and super-cute? This Capezio duffel is perfect for toting around all your dance needs, from shoes to leos to rollers—there's plenty of room and lots of personality, thanks to the adorable charms and tassels. Enter for a chance to win by “following” Dance Spirit on Facebook and filling out the form below.

 

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Calling all fashionistas! Capezio tapped our always-fierce co-cover girl Larsen Thompson to star in the photos for its new Summer Collection by Betsey Johnson, the reigning queen of sassy style. And, basically, we're #obsessed.

Her majesty, punk princess. (photo via Capezio)

Everyone knows a good dance/fashion collab is one of our most favorite things. So naturally, we swooned when Johnson released her first Capezio collection last summermodeled by the one and only Maddie Ziegler.

Johnson's latest collection is every bit as fab: Think loads of tulle, edgy prints, ballet pink and super hot accessories (that jewelry ?). And there's Larsen, cementing her supermodel status by giving us her signature face, look after look. NBD.

Check 'em out for yourself!

Um, that choker. Need we say more? (photo via Capezio)

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This black lace crop top from Capezio is both funky and functional, perfect for showing off your studio and street style. Enter for a chance to win by “following” Dance Spirit on Facebook and filling out the form below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It seems like just yesterday that we were wringing our hands over the Ziegler sisters' imminent departure from "Dance Moms." We wondered if they were giving up on dance. We wondered if they would pursue singing, acting and modeling full-time, instead.

Then, Capezio dropped this new video. First, we saw the stylish duds and we were interested. Then, we saw that New York City Ballet corps member and BalletCollective director Troy Schumacher choreographed the video, and we were very interested. THEN, we saw Maddie Ziegler's baby blues and we knew it would be good. It's kind of a weird ballet class, where everyone has their hair down during barre (because, fashion). But it's also kind of great to see triple-threat Maddie busting a move without layers of spooky drama (cc. every Sia video).

Props to each and every dancer in the video! And props to Capezio for crediting them all at the end.

 

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