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Watch Sophia Lucia Being Flawless in Her New Dance Series

Question: When does Sophia Lucia have time to sleep? Everyone's favorite comp-star-turned-bunhead seems to be diving headfirst into a new project every week. We absolutely #bowdown to everything she does, and her latest project is no exception. Behold: "Unscathed," a new dance series on Sophia's YouTube channel.


We're not entirely sure if there will be multiple episodes, or if they'll all be dance videos. But if this first installment is any indication, it's going to be absolutely amazing—you can't go wrong with choreo by Travis Wall, artistic direction by Ricky Palomino, and Michael Dameski, Josh Stevens and Riley Kurilko as your dance partners (seriously—their dancing was 🔥 💯). We don't want to spoil the whole thing, so catch it in full below!

Dancer to Dancer

Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.

But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.

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It's a well-known fact that self-care is extra important for dancers. We're super busy and constantly running from school to class to rehearsal and back again. And as dancers, we deal with quite a bit of mental pressure (like our often super-intense desire to be perfect). Not to mention, we're constantly putting our bodies through intense physical stress. So, yeah, it's safe to say that finding some balance in our lives is kinda important. When dancers learn to slow down and take care of themselves, their art is truly better for it.

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Kathryn McCormick first won our hearts with her captivating contemporary moves and girl-next-door relatability on Season 6 of "So You Think You Can Dance," where she made it to the top three. Since then, she's returned for seven more seasons as an All Star and, last summer, gave viewers all the feels when she mentored rising dancer Tate McRae. An Augusta, GA, native, McCormick started dancing at age 3 and moved to L.A. at 18. She performed a leading role in Step Up Revolution and danced in Fame, and has worked with choreographers including Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, and Teddy Forance. Currently, you can catch her touring with DanceMakers, where she's on faculty. —Courtney Bowers

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For an aspiring ballerina, there's no more exciting place to be than the ABT Studio Company, the pre-professional arm of American Ballet Theatre. The NYC-based troupe of 16- to 20-year-old dancers trains hard and performs harder, putting on multiple shows over the course of each season. We followed ensemble member Léa Fleytoux, a gifted 18-year-old from Paris, France, on a performance day to get an inside look at what it's like to live the Studio Company life.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.comfor a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

I'm a good "posing" dancer—I can make pretty lines—but once I start really moving, things fall apart. It's like all the individual pieces of my technique are good, but they don't add up to good dancing. How can I connect the dots?

Amelia

Dear Amelia,

Lucky you! I'm sure many of your classmates wish they had your beautiful lines. But it sounds like you need to build your strength. Good muscle control is what will allow you to maintain those pretty shapes while you're dancing. Start by focusing on your core. A strong core can improve everything else—once it's solid, you won't feel so "wonky." Look into Pilates, which strengthens while creating long, lean muscles.

In terms of your technique, watch the in-between steps. A glissade is just as important as a grand jeté. Those connecting steps are what make a series of poses into a dynamic dance. It's all in the details!


For more of Katie's helpful tips and advice, click here.

A still from "Pop, Dip and Spin: The Legendary Biosensor For Forensic Sciences," an entry in the Dance Your Ph.D. contest (via YouTube)

Science is fascinating. But trying to understand extremely detailed scientific research can be...less than fascinating.

Unless there's a dance about it.

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Dancer to Dancer

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I started dance classes at a young age. By the time I was 3, I was training at The Dance Club, and I grew up there. I started with the basics—ballet and jazz—and eventually added tap, tumbling, contemporary, and hip hop.

Early on, I did compete. I remember my first time: I did a trio at a small local competition, and it got first place. The trophy was as tall as I was, and I loved it. I attended conventions as a mini, and had the opportunity to take classes from Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Andy Pellick, and Joey Dowling-Fakhrieh. There was so much variety—I was in awe.

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Dancer to Dancer

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My mom was a dancer growing up, and she went on to become a dance teacher, so I've really grown up in the studio. I started classes when I was 2, and by the time I was 9, I was training at The Dance Club and knew I wanted to dedicate all my time to dance.

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