Sara Mearns and Chase Finlay in Pontus Lidberg's "The Shimmering Asphalt" (via @saramearns on Instagram)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.

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Like many talented ballet students, Amir Shah hopes hard work and dedication to the art will lead to a bright future in the ballet world. Unlike most ballet hopefuls, Amir lives in a low-income neighborhood in Mumbai, India—which has almost no ballet scene.

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Dancers celebrating National Dance Day 2016 in Boston (via YouTube)

Happy (almost) National Dance Day, everybody! 2017's "Dance Christmas" falls on Saturday, July 29—and there are all kinds of ways for you to join the party.

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The biggest takeaway from this gorgeous video chronicling the road to ballroom brilliance? Even world champions sweat—a ton.

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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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via @phil_wright_ on Instagram

Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.

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(Courtesy ABC)

In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.

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Madi Hicks in Jeff Edwards' ballet class at Juilliard (Kenneth Edwards)

Here's a five point friendly reminder to be a stellar student! Give it a read, and apply it to your classes this coming week!

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