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It's never too early to start thinking about your dream job. And summer intensives are an essential step down the road to achieving your dance dreams—whether you want to perform in music videos, ballet companies or Broadway shows.

With 19 programs across the U.S. (plus additional international programs) Joffrey Ballet School offers options for all types of dancers with all types of goals. Whatever you may be working toward this summer, there's a program that will help you get that much closer. We put together a guide to help you find the right one, based on your dream job:

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The Life of a Pointe Shoe

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Dorrance Dance's Elizabeth Burke.


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Miami City Ballet's Jeanette Delgado.


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Everything you need to know about the keto diet.


Fitness

Exercises that'll prepare you for pointework.


The Look

Fresh takes on ballet's classic heroines.


Beauty

Cute and easy class styles for natural hair.


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A day in the life of a comp judge.


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Why pirouettes from fifth can be so hard—and how to make them easier.


College Corner

Why you should build your peer network—and how to do it.


Get a Job

The photo portfolio you need to book jobs.


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Ballet standout Destiny Wimpye.

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Summer is a great time to make new friends, broaden your horizons and get tons of dancing in at a summer intensive. As you get closer to college-age, it can also be a great time to get valuable information and extra training that can come in handy later when you're thinking about college auditions. With 19 summer programs running throughout the U.S. (plus a ballet intensive in Genoa, Italy, and a musical theater intensive in London), Joffrey Ballet School offers a wide variety of experiences that give you both top-notch dance training and a taste of what college life will be like:

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Doing the Hustle

How some of the most talented dancers are living the freelance dream, not daydreaming about a company gig.


So You Think You Need a Website

With the right approach and content, you can make a website work for you.


Audition #Fails

Five pros spill on the moments that went oh so wrong.


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The scoop on Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate revival.


The Dirt

Camille A. Brown dancer Maleek Washington.


Letter to My Teenage Self

New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin.


Choreographer's Collage

Where Nick Young finds inspiration.


Diary

A week in the life of ABT apprentice Abbey Marrison.


Body Buzz

Pamper yourself with self-care this Valentine's Day.


Health

Everything you need to know about cupping.


The Look

What you should actually wear to auditions—according to directors.


Convention

Upping your improv game.


Musical Theater

How to tackle the most common singing and acting mistakes dancers make.


College Corner

Should you graduate early?


Branch Out

Inside Adrienne Gregorek's life as a dance physical therapist.


You Should Know

Rising star Kiarra Waidelich.

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What inspires you most as a dancer? What keeps you going on the days when the motivation just isn't there, and makes you feel like all the hard work, rejection and sacrifice is worth it for the pursuit of your dream? What makes you want to run into an empty studio and create something new?

Cindy Clough, executive director of Just For Kix and a studio owner with over four decades of experience, often hangs posters with dance-related quotes on the walls of her studio, on everything from creativity to the hustle to the importance of teamwork. Sometimes the right words from dancers who have been there are just the push you need to spark your imagination and remind yourself why you love what you do.

In that spirit, here are 10 inspiring quotes from dancers on what their art form means to them, and why it's worth fighting through the hard parts:

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The Rising Stars of Ballroom

8 dancers you need to know about.


Summer Study Mistakes

How can you avoid picking the wrong summer intensive?


Intensive Alternatives

Summer strategies that will keep you growing in the off season.


How to Tune Up Your Spotting

A much-needed refresher on the key to flawless turns.


Buzz

The inside scoop on this month's Rent: Live.


The Dirt

Commercial queen Delaney Glazer.


Letter to My Teenage Self

Tapper Sarah Reich.


Body Buzz

The best essential oils for dancers.


Fitness

Weight-lifting exercises to build strength.


The Look

Graceful looks that'll sweep you off your feet.


College Corner

How to make the most of winter break.


Future Star

The second round of 2018 winners.


You Should Know

Ballet star Ashley Lew.

Dance News

Are you a college student curious about what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite magazine? You're in luck—because Dance Spirit is searching for an editorial intern for summer 2019!

We'll be accepting applications through March 1. Internships pay an hourly stipend and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment in our NYC office from June to August. (We do not provide assistance securing housing.)

If you're interested, please send a cover letter, resumé and two writing samples to Margaret Fuhrer at mfuhrer@dancemedia.com. Be sure to put "Summer Internship Application" in the subject line. All attachments must be formatted as PDFs.

We will interview selected candidates in March in person or by phone, and let candidates know by mid-April if they have been chosen. Please note that we do not accept high school students, or any students under 18, and that we give preference to college juniors and seniors.

We can't wait to meet you!

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Congratulations to the December Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Ali Deucher! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here!

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