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(TAYO Jr., Courtesy Aurora Tights)

This Dancewear Brand Takes Inclusivity to the Next Level

Right now, "inclusive" seems to be the word on every dancewear manufacturer's lips. Aurora Tights, by contrast, has been talking about—and, more importantly, doing something about—inclusivity for several years now. Aurora was founded by two competitive figure skaters and a former competition kid (all women of color) when the trio were in a sorority together at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Dancewave Through College and Beyond hosting its 2019 "Careers in Dance" panel (Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave)

Dancewave's Annual College Fair Goes Virtual

After navigating Nationals online and attending summer intensives via Zoom, many students are now diving into their first all-virtual college-application season. Enter Dancewave Through College and Beyond's college fair, which is going digital for a two-weekend event October 16–18 and 23–25, open to dancers ages 14–18.

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(Brian Bailey, Courtesy National Dance Showcase)

National Dance Showcase Judges Discuss Diversity in the Competition World—and How NDS is Pushing For a More Inclusive Future

As conversations about racial justice have continued across the country, members of the dance world have focused inwards and reflected on how we can all do better. The close-knit competition and convention community is no different. Dance Spirit had the chance to talk to five judges from National Dance Showcase, as well as one of its founders, Sonia Pennington, about issues they've seen in the comp world—and hear all about how NDS is leading the way to a more inclusive future.

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Megan Fairchild in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations (Paul Kolnik, courtesy New York City Ballet)

"My Dance Family Tree": 5 Pros on Their Training Roots

You've got your mother's eyes, your smile is just like your dad's, and it's uncanny how much you look like photos of that great-great aunt you've never met. But where did you get your distinctive port de bras from? What are the origins of your signature tap sound? Chances are, your technique and style can be traced back to a dance icon or two. We asked five dancers at the top of their craft to explore their dance family trees, uncovering connections to the legendary dance artists who've shaped their careers.

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College Reunion, Dancer Edition: Three Cover Stars Reflect on How College Launched Their Pro Careers

Today, Zoey Anderson, Corey John Snide, and I are all professional dancers thriving in the industry. But we were once anxious, excited young college students in NYC, hoping to make it big. The three of us graced the September 2013 Dance Spirit Higher Ed Issue cover together. Anderson graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015, the same year Snide graduated from The Juilliard School; I completed the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2016. Recently, we reconnected to talk about how we've grown over the years.

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