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It's that end-of-December time when everybody likes to reflect on the past year, and we at Dance Spirit are no exception. 2016 has been a weird one for the world generally, but a pretty great one for DS specifically: Over the last 12 months, we've had the privilege to put no fewer than 18 world-class dancers on our cover. And one of the best things about featuring fabulous dancers is that we tend to get whole messes of fabulous photos at our cover shoots—more than we could ever fit in the magazine.

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For the past few weeks, the dance world has been buzzing about Taylor Swift's new music video "Shake It Off." Your reviews are mostly positive, though somewhat mixed. Many of you told us you were thrilled to see a singer acknowledge the fact that she can't dance. Others appreciated that she showcased a variety of seriously talented dancers. And some people praised the message of the video itself: the fact that every one can, and should, dance—even if it's not always pretty. On the other hand, some of you felt that the dancers should've had even more time to shine, and that other dance styles could've been showcased.

On Thursday, Taylor contributed to the conversation with the release of her second installment of "Shake It Off" outtakes, "The Ballerinas." (The first outtakes clip took a look at the cheerleading section.) The video takes us behind the scenes with the swans. It offers some beautiful footage of the trained ballerinas, plus some more hilarious footage of T. Swift doin' her thang. But the coolest part of this video is getting to hear the singer's take on what it was like to walk onto a set full of gorgeous, trained ballerinas. (Spoiler alert: She says some pretty flattering things about ballet.) Check it out!

Still haven't added your voice to the conversation? Now's your chance! Let us know your thoughts in the comments or drop us a line.

Dance News

You’ve been oohing and ahhing over Mia Michaels’ choreography for years, but I’ll bet you’ve never seen America’s Favorite Choreographer really dance… until now. At our January cover shoot, Mama Mia worked some improv magic for photographer Joe Toreno, and we caught it all on film. But that’s not all; this exclusive video also captures the give-and-take relationship and special bond between Mia and her go-to assistants Ryan Ramirez and Chaz Buzan:

Are you blown away? I thought so. And there’s more behind-the-scenes fun where that came from. Click here to see breathtaking outtakes from our January 2013 cover shoot.

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