BREAKING: Ballet Boys Are Hot

I was always weirded out by the fact that none of my non-dancer friends understood the appeal of ballet guys.

"But they wear tights," was the response I usually got to my high school locker full of danseur photos. (No, really—I did that. You would've been friends with me, right?)

Well, yeah they wear tights. All the better to show off those gorgeous legs, obviously.

Ballet men are elite athletes—their bodies are their entire lives. Of course they're smokin' hot! Plus they're artists, so, you know, they have that sensitive thing going for them too. What's not to like?

Thank you, Buzzfeed, for backing me—and pretty much every other ballet fan—up here. Yesterday the meme-generating site put up a post titled "37 Dreamy Ballet Boys You'll Want to Dance With." And, uh, it's a pretty good list.

Click here for the full post. Happy Friday, everyone!

(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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