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Fraser dancing in the NYC Subway (photo by Underground NYC, courtesy Fraser)

Paige Fraser has performed on world-class stages and in a video with Beyoncé—yet some of her most meaningful dance moments happened in tiny classrooms on a small island 1,000 miles from America. This past spring, Fraser, who's danced with Ailey II and is a founding member of Visceral Dance Chicago, teamed up with the non-profit Milk Carton on a String to bring dance to underprivileged children in Haiti. Fraser taught daily ballet and modern dance classes and used YouTube videos and social media to introduce the students to other aspects of dance they hadn't been exposed to.

Now, Fraser plans to continue to use dance to give back through her own newly-funded non-profit, The Paige Fraser Foundation. But instead of traveling outside the country, Fraser will be helping kids in her childhood home: the Bronx. She wants her foundation to assist aspiring dancers no matter their color or abilities.

Read our interview with the dancer and do-gooder—and discover the life-changing diagnosis that inspired her to help other dancers achieve their dreams.

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Season 25 "DWTS" finalists awaiting their results. Who should take the ballroom floor next time? (Adam Rose/ABC)

The 26th season of "Dancing with the Stars" is quickly coming to a close (how is that even possible?!)—but we're already dream-casting the next round! Which celebrities might top Adam Rippon's already-iconic performance? Here are 9 stars we think would #slay the "DWTS" stage.

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(Photo by Rachel Neville, courtesy Ellison Ballet)


Last month, Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program student Elisabeth Beyer came in first place in the senior women's category at the Youth America Grand Prix's New York City Finals. Pointe touched base with the 16-year-old Rye, New York native to hear about her advice for competitions, how she stays calm backstage, and what's next for this young dancer.

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Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB 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!

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Dancer to Dancer

Probably the only time of year more stressful than Nutcracker season is May, when recitals are in full swing. The rehearsals, the costumes, the pressure—it's a LOT. But while it can definitely be a struggle, let's be real: It's also one of the best parts of being a dancer.

Here are 8 signs that recital season is here.

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Woodward in Peter Martins' Romeo and Juliet (photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy New York City Ballet)

New York City Ballet soloist Indiana Woodward is turning heads with her energetic presence, precise technique, and crisp musicality. In the past few years, she's made a number of standout debuts, including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and the lead in Lauren Lovette's first work for the company, For Clara. Woodward was born in Paris, France, and began her dance training at age 10 in Venice, CA, at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet. In 2010, she enrolled full-time at the School of American Ballet and became an apprentice with NYCB two years later. She was promoted to soloist last year. Catch her dancing during the company's spring season at Lincoln Center through June 3—and read on for The Dirt!

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Western Michigan University Department of Dance students in Frank Chaves' Charanga (photo by John Lacko, courtesy Western Michigan University Department of Dance)

For many non-dancers, planning a post–high-school gap year can feel like a necessary step toward getting college-ready. For potential dance majors, though, taking a year off between high school and college might sound counterintuitive. After all, you're essentially delaying your entry into dancing professionally. But a gap year can provide helpful experience, training, or personal growth—it all depends on how you use the time.

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Health & Body
Sydney Magruder Washington (photo by Rachel Neville, courtesy Washington)

Twenty-five-year-old Sydney Magruder Washington had dreams of auditioning for ballet companies and Broadway shows when she moved to NYC four years ago, as a recent graduate of Skidmore College. But after completing an apprenticeship with Connecticut Ballet in 2015, her anxiety and depression became so severe that she could barely leave her apartment—let alone go to a dance class or audition. After working with a therapist and trying out new medications with a psychiatrist, she's finally starting to get her training and career back on track. And she's also realizing she was misdiagnosed for a decade. Here, she tells her story. —Courtney Bowers

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