Have we mentioned lately how much we love our readers? Well, we really do. And every time you send in a "Show Your Dance Spirit" photo, we show it off to our entire office like proud parents. Unfortunately, with only 10 issues a year, we can't print them all in the magazine. But have no fear, our new Facebook album is here! Now we can show off all of our favorite reader photos even if they don't make it to print. We've started off the album with some new and old photos that have been hanging around the Dance Spirit office. Click here to see it! And keep checking back for photos of our awesome, talented, loyal readers in the studio, at competition or on the beach with the latest issues of Dance Spirit in tow.

Want to see yourself on Facebook or in the magazine? Email high resolution digital photos to rzar@dancespirit.com/ with "Show Your Dance Spirit" in the subject line. Send hard copies to "Show Your Dance Spirit," 333 Seventh Ave, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Include your name, email address, age and hometown. The photos will not be returned, so don't forget to make yourself a copy!

Dance Spirit receives tons of letters from readers, and we love it! You tell us about your struggles with and accomplishments in dance and about the dancers on our magazine's pages who inspire you. And often, those letters inspire us. Recently, we got an email from 14-year-old Kayla, whose story of her battle with a devastating knee condition was so heartfelt and brave. I've posted it here, so we can all learn something from her strength.

Dear DS,

Dance is my life. I’ve danced since the age of 3, but this year I lost it.

Since grade five I've suffered from knee pain. At first, doctors said I had too much cartilage, so I had to do a lot of physical activity to wear it down. But they were wrong, and that actually made it worse. That didn’t stop me, and I continued to dance.

In early October 2011 I saw a new doctor who diagnosed me with osteochondritis of the knee. This means my cartilage was cracked, and fluid was pushing my bone out from behind my knee. Basically, my bone was about to break off. The disease has four stages (four being the worst), and I was at stage three. I was rushed into surgery on November 22 and had three screws put in my knee to push the fluid out. I was on crutches for 11 weeks, and I was told that I couldn’t dance for an entire year. I go into surgery again on March 22 to take out the screws. That’s when I will find out if my knee is healed and if I will be able to dance again.

For Christmas I got a subscription to Dance Spirit, and it's how I keep up with dance. I love receiving a new magazine every month, and I spend as long as possible reading it because it's the closest I can get to dancing.

One day soon, I hope to attend dance camps and conventions and improve my dancing enough to try out for "So You Think You Can Dance." I’m excited to see what my future brings!

Sincerely,

Kayla G, 14, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Thanks for sharing, Kayla! Your positive attitude and genuine love for dancing is contagious. DS wishes you all the best for a full recovery and a future filled with dance.

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