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Some of our past Cover Model Search winners. Could you be next?

Dance Spirit discovers and introduces up-and-coming talent. Now it's your turn to get noticed by entering our Cover Model Search contest!

THE RULES

Dancers ages 12 to 18: Click the button below to upload a video (no longer than 5 minutes) of your best solo performance. All genres of dance are welcome. Please include your full name, age, and the title of the piece (if applicable).

Round 1: A semi-finalist will be chosen each month by the Dance Spirit editors.

Round 2: Three finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to NYC, where they'll take classes with the city's top teachers and participate in a professional photo shoot.

Grand Prize: The winner (chosen by readers!) will be featured on the October cover of Dance Spirit.

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Tap
Including the fabulous Michelle Dorrance (photo by Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

The tap dance world has been home to extraordinary talents for multiple generations. Who are some of the best tappers of all time? Here are 13 tap dancers sure to inspire you.

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Dance Videos
NBCUniversal

Jellicle obsessives, rejoice: There's a new video out that offers a (surprisingly substantive) look at the dancing that went down on the set of the new Cats movie. And you can watch it RIGHT MEOW.

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Just for Fun
#6: We're never NOT stretching. (Giphy)

Dancers are truly a special breed. And that means some of the stuff we do every day—stuff that seems totally normal to us—completely weirds out our non-dance friends. Here are 10 funny dancer habits we're guessing you can totally relate to.

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Just for Fun

Summer is here, which means it's time for a good dance movie binge with the A/C blasting. But which iconic films should you put on? To narrow your search, we went ahead and ranked 30 of the greatest dance movies of all time.

Of course, we know a list like this is bound to be controversial—so if you disagree with our lineup, have at it in the comments!

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Dance News

Dreams, drama, and capital-D DANCE: The brand-new High Strung Free Dance trailer just dropped, and it is chock-full of everything we love.

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Just for Inspiration, Sponsored by Just for Kix
Courtesy Just for Kix

Summer is almost officially here! And even if you're spending the summer months onstage and in the studio instead of outdoors (#dancerprobs), you can still bring those summer vibes inside with you. Our recommendation? These versatile, nature-inspired pieces from Just for Kix:

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Dance News
Including this extraordinary Travis Wall number for "So You Think You Can Dance" (Adam Rose/FOX)

The Primetime Emmy Award nominations are out! Congrats to the seven choreographers who earned nods for their exceptional TV work this year. Notably, that work was made for just two shows, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance." And there was a particularly remarkable snub: While the dance-filled hit "Fosse/Verdon" earned 17 nominations across many of the major categories, Andy Blankenbuehler's fabulous Fosse remixes weren't recognized in the Outstanding Choreography field.

Here are all the dance routines up for Emmys:

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Dancer to Dancer
Teresa Reichlen as Odette in Peter Martins' "Swan Lake" (Paul Kolnik, courtesy New York City Ballet)

When you think of a Balanchine ballerina, the dancer you imagine probably looks a lot like Teresa Reichlen. The New York City Ballet principal brings long-legged extensions and queenly poise to her extensive repertory of Balanchine "goddess" roles. She's also a captivating force to be reckoned with in works by Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, and Christopher Wheeldon. Born in northern Virginia, Reichlen began training at age 10 at the Russell School of Ballet. Asked to stay for the winter term following her first summer at the School of American Ballet, Reichlen became a New York City Ballet apprentice a year later. She received her corps contract a year after that. You can see her perform the principal role in Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 during the company's annual Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency this week. —Helen Rolfe

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Dance on TV
At The Academy, the choreo comes hard and fast, and the cuts are absolutely brutal—every. single. time. (Adam Rose/FOX)

"Welcome to the real world, kids." —Laurieann Gibson, Disher of Hard Truths

But seriously! Welcome to The Academy, that magical/terrible place where choreography comes hard and fast, meltdowns are par for the course, someone is bound to get injured, and the cuts are absolutely brutal—every. single. time.

After approximately 14 million weeks of individual auditions, 79 dancers were given "golden tickets" to The Academy, held at L.A.'s famous Dolby Theatre this year. There, they faced four rounds of choreography: hip hop with Luther Brown, ballroom with Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, contemporary with Talia Favia, and the group round with Mandy Moore.

This week's episode documented the first three choreo rounds. Here's what went down at the Dolby.

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Dear Katie
Photo by Erin Baiano

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

I used to know what I wanted—a dance career—but now I'm not so sure. These days, my parents are so involved in my training that sometimes it feels like I'm pursuing their dream instead of mine. How can I figure out whether I really want to do this, or if I'm just doing it to make them happy?

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