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It's no secret that ballet in pop culture has sparked its fair share of controversy. Which is why this video from Refinery29, featuring ABT's Isabella Boylston, is not only a super-fun watch, but a breath of fresh air.

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Misty Copeland and James Whiteside in Swan Lake (photo by Gene Schiavone)

The dual part of Odette and Odile in Swan Lake is THE role, the one every trina dreams of from the moment she first dons a leotard. It's also insanely difficult to perform, challenging even the most elite ballerinas with its multifaceted demands.

So what's it actually like to dance Odette/Odile? A new short film from American Ballet Theatre goes behind the scenes with three Swan Queens—principals Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston and soloist Devon Teuscher—to find out.

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Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.

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Dance celebs are having quite a moment in the mainstream media right now, and let me tell you: I am ALL about it. The entire DS team has been living for Elle magazine's "The Movement" video series, not to mention Kween Misty's presence in just about every print or online media outlet.

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There's pretty much no better duo than American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. Not only are the two principals insanely talented dancers, but they're also BFFs—and it 100% shows when they dance together, like in this new beautiful NOWNESS video.

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Would you like to absolutely drown in beauty today? Yes? Of course you would. And we've got just the video for you: "Now More Than Ever," created by Ezra Hurwitz for the Ballet Across America festival, which is currently underway in D.C. The four-minute fantasia features American Ballet Theatre stars Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, James Whiteside, Marcelo Gomes and Calvin Royall III performing ravishing bits of choreography in, on and around the historic Kennedy Center.

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Big ballet news today! American Ballet Theatre just announced a transatlantic "dancer exchange."

OK, yes, when I first heard that, I started hyperventilating a little. Were any of my darling ABT people going to be, uh, "traded" to some European team?

But fear not: This exchange is for a few guest performances only, giving audiences on both sides of the Atlantic a taste of world-class dancers they may have never seen before.

Here's how it's going to go down:

This June, Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae will perform as Lankendem in ABT's Le Corsaire, and this July, Royal Danish Ballet principal Alban Lendorf (he's AMAZING, guys) will dance Prince Désiré in ABT's Sleeping Beauty. That's round one.

Then for round two, in December, ABT will send principal Cory Stearns to the Royal Ballet and soloist Isabella Boylston (one of our favorites!) to the Royal Danish Ballet, to dance in their respective Nutcrackers.

Whew.

Anyway, sounds pretty nifty, right? And if you're not familiar with any of these great dancers, check out our slideshow below!

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If you're a devoted Jennifer Lawrence fan—and if you're not, really, we're not friends—you've probably noticed that J. Law has been in Budapest recently, filming her new ballet spy movie Red Sparrow. If you're also a devoted Isabella Boylston fan—and if you're not already, you need to be—you've probably noticed that the American Ballet Theatre principal has also been hanging out in Budapest for the past few days. And she posted an Insta shot of her partnering with ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin, one of Lawrence's Red Sparrow co-stars.

Surprisingly difficult to get a good picture with Sergei 😂

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Sooooo what does that all mean? It means that, as IMDB confirms, Boylston is Lawrence's dance double for the film. Which is, obviously, FABULOUS news. With Polunin and Boylston on board, it's pretty much inevitable that Red Sparrow will include some spectacular dancing.

Here's another tantalizing tidbit: Last week, one Mr. Justin Peck posted some gorg shots of— yup—Budapest. Sure, it could just be a coincidence. But Sergei Polunin and Isabella Boylston doing Justin Peck choreo in a major motion picture? YES. YES PLEASE.

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