You guys know how obsessed I am with Insta meetups. These genius events unite passionate photographers with compelling subject matter, and then leverage the power of social media technology to give people multiple perspectives on the same idea, object or place.

May I then call your attention to The Royal Opera House's #balletbeauty meetup? Home of The Royal Ballet, ROH organized the event as a way to invite top London 'grammers to take a peek inside the dressing rooms of the company dancers. And while #balletbeauty pretty much spells out the theme of the images, there's a whole lot more performance face mirror selfies. Take a look:

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OK you guys, I'm officially obsessed. This #empty trend on Instagram is absolutely captivating and when top 'grammers turn their lenses toward the world's most beautiful buildings—well, I die.

POB dancers in rehearsal (photo by @hannahrw)

It feels like it was just yesterday that I was freaking out over #emptyROH. Now, thank the interwebz for #emptygarnier. That's right, the most magical ballet palace on the planet opened its doors to a lucky group of 'grammers whose unique snaps and captures really show the different ways you can look at a place. Thanks also to the Paris Opéra Ballet's Insta-savvy new artistic director, Benjamin Millepied. He's going full-speed ahead when it comes to shaking things up at the POB—he's confidently mixing the old with the new. Civilian smart-phone artists to document an institution steeped in tradition and prestige? Why the heck not?!

IS THIS A REAL PLACE?! (Photo by @wonguy974)

And whether they're tricky perspective shots, soaring views from the roof or intimate close-ups of tiny Palais Garnier details, each photo is a testament to the beauty of sharing our art with others, whether it's dance, photography or something else entirely.

This Thanksgiving, two celebrity families served up a LOT more than turkey and mashed potatoes. Former "Dancing with the Stars" partners Derek Hough and Maria Menounos ("Extra") battled it out over Instagram in a Thanksgiving dance war. And in the spirit of the holiday, their families got involved too.

It was a bold move for the Menounos family to challenge the Houghs to a dance-off, considering they've got two not-so-secret weapons: Derek and Julianne. But they brought their A-game with some Flo Rida, T-pain and shades:

In a surprise comeback, the Houghs relied on their family charm, rather than a flashy display of their professional skills:

Who do you think won the #Thanksgivingdancewars?

Nobody knows what we want from Instagram better than Boston Ballet principal, comp-world superstar and all-around #queen Dusty Button. Yes, she gives us lots of beautiful still photos showing off her flawless technique and crazy banana feet; we get peeks at her world travels with her husband; there are photos of her dance bag contents, and some puppy pics, and the occasional food shot.

But where Button really excels is in the video arena. Oh my LORD, friends: have you been watching these vids?? Most are just Button playing around in an empty studio—but her definition of "playing around" is, um, a little different than most peoples'. The clips showcase the kind of pure, unadulterated virtuosity that, for most of us, is the stuff of dreams. Button is LIVING those dreams.

Do you want pirouettes? Yeah, she can do that for you. How about 10, for starters—set to Drake for good measure?

Perhaps a little sampler including a (literally) 10-second balance? Yup, no problem:

Some beautifully controlled center work? Sure:

Last—but CERTAINLY not least—how about a bunch of drool-worthy foot close-ups? Oh yeah definitely:

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So, yes; go follow this woman now. And for an even closer look at Button's multifaceted life, check out "In Her Shoes," our photo essay documenting her work in both the ballet and the competition worlds.

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Alex Wong's versatility truly knows no bounds. From ballet to Broadway, the dynamo has seemingly done it all. Wong was a member of Miami City Ballet before leaving to compete on "So You Think You Can Dance" (where he was the fan favorite but, unfortunately, suffered a serious injury mid-season and had to withdraw from the competition), and then going on to hit the Great White Way in Newsies. He's performed at awards shows, on television shows, and as an All-Star on "SYTYCD," and graced the July/August 2012 cover of DS.

As if his long list of impressive credits doesn't convince you of his versatility, turn to his Instagram, where he is a veritable master of mixing dance and everyday activities. (Think leaping down the grocery store aisles which, come on, we've all done, and pencheé-ing his way to pick up his laundry off the floor.) If you're not following this uber-likeable and hyper-flexible dancer, get to double-tapping. (He's at @alexdwong.) Here's a glimpse into why Wong's worthy of your likes.

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Happy #NationalSelfieDay! (Lookin' at you, social media mavens.)

Whether you prefer the classic duck face, the soft smile or the always-fun mirror pic, there's no doubt that we dancers love ourselves a good selfie. And in honor of the holiday, we've rounded up the greatest selfie snaps from some of our fave dancers (dance celebs...they're just like us, amirite?).

One thing's clear, the dance world's selfie game is STRONGand literally crosses all genres. From prima ballerinas backstage in the dressing room to belles of the ballroom in the rehearsal studio to Broadway babies at the Tony's, these fab shots prove that there's seriously no selfie better than a #dancerselfie:

Firebird on the brain...❤️??@mistyonpointe @abtofficial @metopera #metseason2016 @barbiestyle

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Tonight, I do no Sugar Plum...but tonight, I boutta Plumb this Sugar! #DustyButton #SugarPlumbFairy ?

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What an amazing switch up week with this incredible man! @nyledimarco let's kill it tonight!! ? #dwts

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Y'all ready? #LEMONADE

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I literally brought the veil... Moments away from jamming out on @thetonyawards #sisters ????

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Family outing today. So fun! @misstilerpeck #grizandcali

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First night ? #JLoVegas

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Headin to @jumpdance Buffalo with these knuckleheads. @teddyforance @nicklazzarini

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Feeling inspired? Show us your own #dancerselfie on Twitter @Dance_SpiritMag!

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Now that summer's officially in full swing, we just can't seem to stop daydreaming about all things sun, sand and palm trees. And while we're hoping you have a chance to escape on a much-deserved vacay before the busy season of nationals and summer intensives kicks into high-gear, getaways aren't always realistic for young dedicated dancers. Enter Kylie Potuznik's @BarefootBallerina Instagram feed. Hello, all the #WanderlustWednesday feels.

A dancer and fashion photojournalist based out of California, Potuznik travels the world, documenting both the gorgeous scenery and her enviable lines every step of the way (um, jealous!). With destinations from Mexico to Fiji and Walt Disney World to San Fran, her photos are all you need to cure those I'm-stuck-in-the-studio-all-summer-long blues.

Case in point:

Blue skies and ballet vibes in Fiji. (screenshot via @barefootballerina)

Just a battement break by the Golden Gate Bridge, NBD. (screenshot via @barefootballerina)

When in Mexico... (screenshot via @barefootballerina)

Straddles and sunshine for days. (screenshot via @barefootballerina)

Um, aloha gorgeous winged-foot! (screenshot via @barefootballerina)

Seaside ballet at a California resort? That'll do. (screenshot via @barefootballerina)

Check out the entire @BarefootBallerina feed here. Do you have any fun summer plans? Let us know!

Happy travels!

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We love a good, flawless dance picture more than anyone. Case in point: Our daily Facebook Photo of the Day posts that serve up some seriously stunning poses and inspiration. But, we also know that dance isn't always that glamorous. It's hard, grueling and rarely picture-perfect. And that imperfection is exactly what makes Russian photographer and dancer Darian Volkova's Instagram such great #MondayMotivation. She showcases the real, gritty and dirty side of balletand reminds us of all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into achieving those breathtaking performances.

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(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

But it's not all work, work, work. She also posts insanely gorgeous photos that show the end results of all of that effort and dedication. It's the perfect reminder of what's on the other side of that blood, sweat and tears. (Plus, we're living for her insider backstage shots and self portraits.)

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Scroll through her entire feed here and have a great Monday bunheads!

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