Health & Body
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From biscuits to bananas, feet are the first thing dancers notice. They're great fodder for humorous Instas and can make for some mesmerizing lines. But on a more serious note, foot shape can impact you and your dancing in many ways. DS turned to the experts for insight into how everything from the length of your toes to the height of your arch can make a difference. So, put your feet up and read on to see what they have to say!

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Dancer to Dancer
A dancer participating in a Movement Exchange program (via Instagram, @movementexchange)

It's #GivingTuesday, and people around the world are giving back. So how can you? Check out how these organizations that are making a difference—one dance move at a time.

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Dancer to Dancer
Spirit of America Dance Star dancer Liliann DeVos (far right) on her way to the perform in the parade (courtesy DeVos)

Nothing kicks off the holiday season quite like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. From boppin' elves to singing Christmas trees, the parade is one to watch—and definitely one to dance in. Every year, the famed Spirit of America Dance Star team performance gathers tons of dancers from high schools and studios from across the country. So what was it really like to dance in the parade last Thursday? We caught up with Spirit of America dancer Liliann DeVos to hear how the day big day went, and what she had to do to prepare. Liliann is a 17-year-old dancer from Frisco, TX, who serves as the captain of the Wakeland High School Legacy Line and is a member of the Next Step Dance Senior Drill Company. Read on for the deets!

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Dancer to Dancer
Hayden Hopkins studying in the theater before transforming into Mystère's La Belle (courtesy Mystère 'by Cirque Du Soleil)

A full-time university isn't your only option for earning a degree. Enrolling in college part-time while pursuing a pro career is a challenge well worth the rewards.

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Dancer to Dancer
Tiler Peck as a baby dancer (via Instagram)

Childhood photos are always cute—but add dance to the mix, and boy, are you in for a treat. Awkward poses, retro costumes, and adorable grins: What more could you ask for? Here are seven adorable chubby-cheeked little dance kids who grew up to be big stars.

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How To
(From left) Misty Copeland, Ebony Williams, and Ashley Murphy in pancaked shoes (photo by Nathan Sayers)

No two pairs of pointe shoes are the same, from their shanks to their boxes, their color to their shine. To make an array of shoes more uniform or to get them to a shade closer to your skin tone, dance teachers might ask that you "pancake" your pointe shoes before going onstage. But what does that entail, exactly? We're here to show you.

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Dance Videos
Screenshot via YouTube

There's nothing dynamic duo Kaycee Rice and Sean Lew can't do. From dominating in class vids to qualifying on "World of Dance," this pair has taken the industry by storm. And their latest video, directed by the talented Tim Milgram and choreographed by the Emmy Award-winning Tessandra Chavez? We can't stop watching it.

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Dance Videos
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We all spend hours online perusing one dance vid after another, from silly to serious, funny to fierce. Now, SELF has asked two of our fave dance pros for their takes on some of the most famous internet dance moves.

You'll live for Maddie Ziegler and Derek Hough's reviews of everything from finger breakdancing and Harlem shakes to Sergei Polunin and Shakira. And the two of them even bust some moves of their own: Ziegler moonwalks, and Hough breaks into a salsa. Trust us, you don't want to miss it.

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Dance News
Fik-Shun and Cyrus getting in on the Fortnite fun (via Instagram)

A year (and five seasons) after being released, the video game sensation, Fortnite, is here to stay—and so is the totally unexpected dance craze it's launched. The game's comical dance moves have sparked legions of real-life recreations by everyone from professional actors to World Cup players.

And now even seasoned dancers like "SYTYCD" stars Fik-Shun and Cyrus have jumped on the Fortnite train:

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Dancer to Dancer
Via Lauren Lovette's Instagram

There's nothing more purrrrfect than some fabulous trinas and their feline friends. We're not kitten: These bonds are paw-sitively adorable! From hanging out backstage to working out together and more, these pairs will pas de chat their way straight into your heart.

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Dance Videos
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It took no fewer than three years for choreographers Chris Martin and Larkin Poynton to create Project Home, a 45-minute film that brings together artists from all over the world (including the inspirational Mari Madrid!). And their finished product is sure to take your breath away. Seriously, guys: It's beautiful.

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Dance Videos
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A lot of what's happening in the world today can be hard to talk about—It's too upsetting, too controversial, or too ugly for words to do it justice. But dance can. And crew Choreo Cookies showed us just how powerful dance's impact can be with its latest performance, a meditation on discrimination in America, at Arena Dance Competition in LA.

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How To
Ballet Austin summer intensive students with associate artistic director, Michelle Martin (Anne Marie Bloodgood, courtesy Ballet Austin)

You're in a studio that's not your own, surrounded by dancers you don't know. You're excited and nervous, all at the same time. It's the first day of your summer intensive, and you're eager to make a good impression. But how? We asked the experts for advice.

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Dance Videos
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It's America's birthday week, which means gold sparklers, family BBQs, and festive parades are just around the corner. But what happens when our enthusiasm for red, white, and blue moves from the backyard to the stage? Like a firework, sparks fly! See for yourself with these three patriotic dance classics.

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Dance News
Via Instagram

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the fan-favorite dance crew Royal Family has announced three Instagram challenges with seriously incredible prizes: a visit from/workshop with Parris Goebel, VIP tix to any RF show, and all kinds of free merch. Go ahead and freak out a little—OR A LOT.

With all prizes valid anywhere in the world, these challenges are open to anyone. But entries end soon, so read on for the deets.

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Dancer to Dancer

The dance dressing room is a mecca of excitement and nerves, tulle and jewels, lipsticks and falsies. But with so much going on, it can start to get a bit too crazy. Here are seven dressing room hacks that'll help you stay cool in the chaos—and give your best performance yet.

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