April 2015 Table of Contents

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Hello, Brooklyn
The boundary-breaking Brooklynettes are setting a new standard for NBA dance teams.

The Cool Kids
Today: Dancing with the Brooklyn Nets Kids. Tomorrow: Taking over the world.

The Circuit Breakers
Inside the growing hip-hop competition and convention scene.

Hip Hop's Tiniest Talents
A new wave of young dancers is taking the industry by storm.

The Freelance Life
What does a company-free dance career look like?

Up Front: Buzz
Misty Copeland makes her U.S. debut as Odette/Odile.

Up Front: The Dirt
An American in Paris' Leanne Cope.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Mark Morris Dance Group's Rita Donahue.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage
What inspires Kyle Abraham.

Body Buzz
Smoothies for productive workouts; how to revitalize dry, lifeless hair.

Fitness
Four booty-boosting exercises.

Health
Learn the ins and outs of hair removal.

Fashion
Glittering gold dance team costumes.

Spotlight: Musical Theater
Tips for balancing a high school musical with your dance studio commitments.

Spotlight: Modern
Get familiar with Gaga.

Spotlight: Competition
Should you choreograph your own solo?

College Corner
How to weigh your options once acceptance letters start rolling in.

You Should Know
Contemporary cutie Jaycee Wilkins.

Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)

Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.

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Dance Team
Rochelle Mendoza-Axle, Courtesy Stiskin

In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:

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But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.

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