April 2016 Table of Contents

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Destined for the Spotlight
Austin Joson and Nino Dzneladze, two rising stars in the competitive ballroom world, knew they were meant to dance together.

We Go Together…
Tips and tricks for achieving picture-perfect synchronization.

Tricked Out
How can you make showstopping moves look artful as well as impressive?

Pom 101
Trying out for dance team? Read these pom tips first!

2016 Dance Director's Survival Guide
The essential resource for dance-team coaches.

Be the Ultimate Understudy
You may never take the stage—but that doesn't mean you aren't essential.

Up Front: Buzz
Cincinnati Ballet celebrates female choreographers; Martha Graham Dance Company's 90th anniversary season.

Up Front: The Dirt
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green.

Letter to My Teenage Self
BalletNext director Michele Wiles.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage
Where Michelle Dorrance finds inspiration.

Body Buzz
Why you should ditch your dirty dancewear; Earth Day products that are good for the planet (and your body).

Mind
Is Mom your teacher? Stay sane with these tips.

Health
How to talk dance injuries with non-dance doctors.

Fashion
Dance-team looks that allow you to stand out while staying uniform during color-themed practices.

College Corner
Making the most of your college dance network.

You Should Know
Hip-hop phenom Phoenix Lil'Mini.

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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Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

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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