A Ballerina Muses on Muses

There are wonderful old stories about great choreographers and their muses: Michel Fokine and Vaslav Nijinsky, Frederick Ashton and Margot Fonteyn, George Balanchine and Maria Tallchief...and Tanaquil Le Clercq...and Suzanne Farrell. But what does a modern muse look like? What does does it mean to be a muse in the 21st century?

Makeup company Estée Lauder recently launched an ad campaign, "Modern Muse Moments," asking just that. And one of the artists featured is gorgeous Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Amandine Albisson.

In a beautiful, serene video, Albisson shows off her impeccable technique, takes an oh-so-romantic bicycle ride around Paris and talks about the qualities that define today's muse ("someone who makes us dream, who doesn't have any constraints"). It's the perfect way to start your Thursday. Take a look!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

Read Emma's profile here

And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.

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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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