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Meet the Dancing Model Who Absolutely Won New York Fashion Week

Each September, as throngs of models and designers descend upon the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week, we at Dance Spirit wait with bated breath for the inevitable fashion/dance collabs to pop up in our Insta feeds. And while the fashion industry has a long, sometimes complicated, sometimes amazing, history with the dance world, it's done nothing but wow us as of late. Case in point? 21-year-old model/dancer extraordinaire Alton Mason's star turn at the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show Sunday night (which took place at the historic Apollo Theater, no less).


Turns out, Mason has a pretty extensive dance background, as evidenced by his undeniable musicality on the runway. Not only did he formerly assist Laurieanne Gibson (and is apparently his godson), but, as he explained in W magazine, "Dance was my first love." He even performed at the BET Awards with Diddy, Lil' Kim, Jadakiss, and Mase.

This wasn't the first time Mason made the entire front row's jaws drop: In January, he went full out (like, round-off-back-handspring-layout full out) for the Louis Vuitton runway show.

It's safe to say we are absolutely, officially, 100% Mason stans—and we hope more brands snag him for some super dancy campaigns down the line.

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How Gorgeous Is Our New Site?

Hey. Hi there. Hello. We notice you, noticing us.

What's that you say? We seem more…glamorous than usual?

Why yes, thank you! We DID have a glow-up.

Welcome to the new dancespirit.com. Our redesigned site is full of all the same great Dance Spirit content you love—but now it's delivered in an even more beautiful, reader-friendly package.

Take a look around. Stay a while. We're excited for you to get to know the new-and-improved us a little better.

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"My First Job": Six Dance Icons on the Gigs that Helped Them Break into the Industry

Nowadays, you know them today for their flawless work and enviable resumés. But today's industry heavy-hitters were once newbies hoping for their big breaks. A few of our idols took a trip down memory lane to look back on their first gigs—and how they changed everything.

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There’s Still No Oscar for Best Choreography, So We’re Giving Out Our Own Award—with the Help of Your Votes

2019's movies featured some truly fantastic dancing, thanks to the hard work of many talented choreographers. But you won't see any of those brilliant artists recognized at the Academy Awards. And we're (still) not OK with that.

So we're taking matters into our own jazz hands.

On February 7—just before the Oscars ceremony—we'll present a Dance Spirit award for the best movie choreography of 2019. With your help, we've narrowed the field to seven choreographers, artists whose moves electrified some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year.

Check out our nominations for best choreography below, and vote for the choreographer you think deserves the honor. (You can vote once a day through February 6.) Haven't seen some of the nominated movies? Click here for a look at each one's choreography.

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