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Long story short: It. Was. 🔥. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella via The Cut)

Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline at Coachella this weekend, and people are (justifiably) freaking out over her performance. ICYMI, you can catch the entire performance here. But be warned, you'll never be the same. 👑🐝 Here's our list of highlights.

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Iris Rocío Dávila in class at San Francisco Ballet School (Photo by Jessica Christian via San Francisco Chronicle)

16-year-old ballerina Iris Rocío Dávila is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Maria hit last September, Iris' ballet dreams seemed to be destroyed along with everything else on the island. But a few months later, she showed up as a new student at the San Francisco Ballet School. And the story of how it all came to be is pretty incredible.

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Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performing Men's Stories (photo by Phyllis A. McCabe, courtesy Lar Lubovitch Dance Company)

Founded in 1968, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has grown to become one of the most revered dance groups in the U.S. This spring, the company will present its 50th season, with performances at The Joyce Theater in NYC April 17–22. The run features a world premiere by Lubovitch; classic works from the repertory, like Men's Stories: A Concerto in Ruin; and appearances by the Martha Graham Dance Company and dancers from The Joffrey Ballet, both performing Lubovitch works. Dance Spirit caught up with a few of the LLDC dancers to see how they're feeling about the momentous year.

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As hundreds of thousands of students across the country participated in school walkouts and marches over the past few weeks, protesting school shootings and gun violence in America, one group of young comp kids decided to take a stand through dance. And the resulting video is truly powerful.

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Veteran Brooklynettes dancer Asha Singh knows what it takes to get a crowd pumped: This NBA season marks her fifth year on the squad. And as team captain, she's also well-versed in the art of keeping a team looking picture-perfect. An Overland Park, KS, native, she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and tap as a child, and later majored in dance at the University of Missouri. Since then, she's danced with music legends, including Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, and performed in commercials for big brands like ESPN and T-Mobile. Catch her courtside cheering on the Brooklyn Nets—and read on for The Dirt.

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You know what they say: "Age is just a number." But no one proves that quite like Joyce Harper. At 98 (!) years old she's still teaching ballet, and is currently breaking the internet with her adorableness.

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Isabella Boylston in her Red Sparrow costume (via Instagram)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that Isabella Boylston is playing Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the newly released film Red Sparrow. And you also know that the dreamy dance scenes were choreographed by none other than New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck.

But maybe you haven't gotten a chance to see the film in theaters just yet. Don't stress! Bolyston just shared an amazing snippet of the film's original choreo on her Instagram. And unsurprisingly, it's seriously stunning.

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The beloved classic My Fair Lady heads to Lincoln Center Theater this month with new choreography by Newsies icon Christopher Gattelli. My Fair Lady follows the story of working-class girl Eliza Doolittle, whom professor Henry Higgins is determined to transform into a real society lady. The show premiered on Broadway in 1956, starring Julie Andrews. It went on to win six Tony Awards and became the longest-running musical at that time. "We're trying to stay as close to naturalism and realism with the dancing as possible," says Gattelli. "So, there will be lots of traditional ballroom, Viennese, etc. But it'll get more down and dirty in numbers like 'Get Me to the Church on Time,' which has a little bit of dancehall to it." Head to lct.org for ticket info.


A version of this story appeared in the March 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Buzzy Broadway News."

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