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Amanda LaCount showing off her skills (screenshot via YouTube)

There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.

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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 really, really flexible. I know that doesn't sound like a problem—but it is! It's really hard for me to control the wonk. What can I do to build strength?

Sarah

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Muscle cramps and spasms can happen to any dancer, at any time. At best, they're super-annoying; at worst, they can be totally crippling. Here, Dance Spirit breaks down this all-too-common problem, so it won't cramp your style any longer.

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Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler (via Instagram, @maddieziegler)

You survived Nutcracker season. The gifts have all been opened. The craziness of the past few months is finally dying down. As you give your mind and body a (much deserved) rest this winter break, don't forget about your skin. Dancers are constantly wearing loads of makeup (and sweating a lot in said makeup), which can wreak havoc on your pores. Take this downtime to pamper yourself and refresh your complexion with our favorite detoxing face masks. You'll head into the new year glowing like never before! ✨

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We're about to hit peak competition season, and that means tons (and tons) of makeup. Even if you've mastered a skin-care routine to combat the hours your skin spends covered in foundation and powder, you may be overlooking one important detail: your makeup brushes. The tools of your trade need cleaning, too! Dirty makeup brushes can cause a lot of icky issues, including acne, skin irritation, and infections. Luckily, brush maintenance is super-easy—a little effort goes a long way. Try these tricks!

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Chances are, you've heard of electrolytes—but you might not know what they really are, why you need them, or how to get them. Dance Spirit asked Emily Cook Harrison, a registered dietitian at the Centre for Dance Nutrition in Atlanta, GA, for a crash course on this key performance component.

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Samuel Melnikov lifting weights to build strength for partnering (photo by Jonah Rosenberg)

Safe partner-work demands you put in some time at the gym. Peter Frame—former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and founder of the School of American Ballet's strength training program—says, "Even advanced dancer forget about placement once they're lifting. They're doing the work, but you'll see shoulders and weight distribution out of whack." Want centered, controlled partnering? Grab a mat and dumbbells to try Frame's top three pre-partnering exercises.


Photos by Jonah Rosenberg. Modeled by Samuel Melnikov.

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