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Here it is, in all its glory.

Is Keenan Kampa (aka Ruby) perfect? Yes. Is Ian Eastwood (aka Rik) and SwitchSteps Crew #squadgoals? Definitely. Is Nicholas Galitzine (aka Johnnie) very convincing as a struggling artist who really needs my Ruby's help? Um, yeah.

We've been waiting for High Strung with baited breath, taking you behind the scenes and picking apart clues to its possible release date. We're happy to announce that the film will hit theaters nationwide in April! In the meantime, the trailer does not disappoint.

Now, we'll have to patiently wait for spring. And we really hope Kampa is reading for other films or working on other dance projects, because we miss her gorgeous dancing.

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What happens when you bring together a coveted hip-hop choreographer, a beautiful ballerina and a talented photographer? We like to call that dance magic. Watch High Strung stars Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood in action at our cover shoot.

 

We first heard from beautiful ballerina Keenan Kampa in 2010, when the Washington, D.C. native documented her final year at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia for us. (It's incredibly rare for an American dancer to study at the iconic school, by the way, which speaks to just how amazing Keenan is.) Then, this past March, she graced our cover, talking about her artistic growth during her first year as a professional dancer at Boston Ballet—and posing for a gorgeous group of fashion photos that blew up our Pinterest page. Shortly afterward, we were thrilled to hear that Keenan was making history as the first American to join the Mariinsky Ballet—her lifelong dream come true.

And this past week she came full circle, making her U.S. debut with the Mariinsky at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in L.A. The company danced Swan Lake (of course), and Keenan was honored with a demi-soloist part, one of the Big Swans.

Judging by this photo from the performance, it looks like she's grown even more lovely since joining the Mariinsky. (We almost didn't recognize her as a brunette—until we saw those unforgettable feet!). Congratulations, Keenan—we can't wait to see where your fabulous career goes next! And if you haven't experienced Keenan's particular brand of awesome, check out this behind-the-scenes video from her cover shoot:

So, you know that Dance Spirit has an iPad app. And we've told you that it's awesome. But I wanted to give you a sense of just how awesome it really is—by showing you some of its coolest features.

Let's begin with the March cover, shall we? At first glance, it looks pretty much the way it does on newsstands:

But say you want to enjoy that gorgeous photo of Keenan Kampa minus the cover lines. No problem—just tap two times, and voila!

Since Keenan is amazing, let's jump to her cover story—which is easy to do, thanks to the oh-so-handy navigation bar:

So now we're in the cover layout. We took so many gorgeous photos of Keenan that, to cram 'em all into the print version, we had to make them on the small side. But say you want to see a larger version of this guy:

Can do! Just tap to expand that (and any other) photo:

Pretty neat, right? Same thing goes for Keenan's lovely fashion images:

And the fun doesn't end there. Did you love our ballroom story, "Find Your Frame"? You'll love the iPad version even more, because it has little Easter-egg tips scattered throughout. Tap on "Tip #1"...

...to find out all about the ballroom frame's four points of connection:

Technology is fun! And this isn't even half of what the DS app has up its sleeve. (Seriously—I keep discovering more and more cool features.) Intrigued? Find the app today at the iTunes store—or, from your iPad, go to "Newsstand" and search for "Dance Spirit."

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High Strung is almost here, guys! The eagerly-anticipated dance film—starring, as you know by now, brilliant people like Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood—will hit theaters next Friday, April 8. That's right: In just one week, you and your studio besties will be able to see for yourselves just how dancetastic, and just how fun, this delightful romp of a movie is.

But there's even better news: You actually don't have to wait until next Friday for a taste of High Strung's delicious goodness. Because we have an exclusive clip of one of the film's loveliest dance scenes RIGHT NOW. Featuring Kampa—aka Ruby, in the High Strung world—at her ballerina best in a sun-soaked studio, it's a minute and fourteen seconds of classical heaven:

You're ready to buy your tickets now, right? We thought so. Click here to find a theater near you. And be sure to stay up to date on all things High Strung by following the film on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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It's happeningggggggggg!

Back in our July/August issue, we introduced you to the fantastic stars of the dancetastic film High Strung—or, rather, re-introduced you, since you knew Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood pretty darn well already.

They're so pretty. (photo by Erin Baiano)

Now the film—which follows the artistically-charged lives of a brilliant violinist, a gorgeous classical dancer (that'd be Kampa) and an innovative hip-hop crew (including Eastwood and Comfort Fedoke)—finally has a premiere date. Next Saturday, February 6, High Strung will make its official debut at the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival. And in happy news for non-Californians, it's also slated for wider release in April. Which means there's a solid chance its dance-y goodness is coming to a theater near you very, very soon.

We've seen a screening of the film already, so you can trust us when we say it's a) kind of a delightful mash-up of Center Stage and Step Up, and b) the best thing to hit the dance movie scene since...well, Center Stage and Step Up. Click here for SBIFF tickets, and here for updates on High Strung's wider release.

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It's no secret that we love us some Keenan Kampa here at DS. We're so excited about the release of High Strung, slated for January 2016, and love hearing about the film's stars and their experiences (so much so that we did an entire feature!). Kampa spoke with Dance Informa about everything ranging from why she started ballet to her favorite moment from working on High Strung.

Keenan as Ruby performing her ballet solo (photo courtesy Riviera Films)

 

Some highlights include her preferred method of pointe shoe fill (gauze) and why she identified with her High Strung character, Ruby: "Looking back at where I’ve been with dance, I can see a lot of myself in her. I can see how I’ve grown and matured since then into a more confident and assured artist. It was interesting to remember that age, where you’re choosing to step out and really reveal yourself as an artist." Be sure to check out the full interview here!

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