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After a grueling day in the studio, it's important to give your tired muscles some extra TLC. Baths are a great way to aid recovery, but figuring out the most effective temperature can get complicated—should you go piping hot, or ice cold? Here, we break down the benefits of both.

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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 can do fouetté turns forever in flat shoes—but once I put my pointe shoes on, everything falls apart. How can I improve my fouettés on pointe?

Isabella

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Kyle Froman, courtesy Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

With effortless extensions, sky-high leaps, and equal parts elegance and strength, Ailey II company member Caroline Theodora Dartey is impossible to miss onstage. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Dartey actually started out training in rhythmic gymnastics, where she earned both national and international titles. She later took up dance, training at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre of Geneva before deciding to move to NYC to pursue her dream career. She joined The Ailey School as a scholarship student in 2016, and is now embarking on her second season with Ailey II. Catch Dartey on tour with Ailey II all over the world this fall, and read on for The Dirt.

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Dancers Dish
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It was fall 2016. Gianna Reisen—then 17 and in her final year at the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet's official training school—had just been made the offer of a lifetime: the chance to choreograph a work for the company's fall gala. She would be the youngest person ever to do so.

Two weeks later, Reisen went from an all-time high to an all-time low: She found out she wouldn't be getting an apprenticeship with NYCB. "I absolutely deflated," she remembers. "Imagine if, after seven years of working towards something, it simply doesn't happen. It's sort of heartbreaking."

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University of Utah dance students in rehearsal (photo by Nora Lang, courtesy University of Utah)

Dance has always been a huge part of your life. But now that you're about to head to college, you might be wondering: In order to feel fulfilled and successful, do you need to major in dance? The answer, of course, depends on the person. But for some, a dance minor is the best option. We asked a group of experts to answer all your questions about minoring in dance.

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Higher Ed
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Former New York City Ballet principal Robert Fairchild has made it to the top of both the ballet and the Broadway worlds—and his career just keeps getting more exciting. Though Fairchild grew up studying jazz and tap in his home state of Utah, he danced with NYCB for nine years before taking his first professional dip in the musical theater world, a 2015 Tony-nominated turn as Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris. (He reprised the role in the West End and on movie screens around the world.) He then danced in A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl, Oklahoma! in London, and in a 2016 concert staging of Kiss Me, Kate before retiring from NYCB in 2017 to pursue theater, TV, and film full-time. Catch Fairchild as early modern-dance icon Ted Shawn in The Chaperone (streaming now), and as Munkustrap in the CATS movie (pouncing into theaters December 20). —Helen Rolfe

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Dancer to Dancer
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Being a dancer is—say it with us—HARD. WORK. Hours and hours of work for a tiny bit of progress? It's no joke. But if you've stuck with it, you know that those magical breakthrough moments make all the less-than-glamorous stuff totally worth it. Read on for the top 10 best moments, both large and small, in every dancers' daily life.

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There's no better way to get to know the dance professor you've been fangirling over all semester than going to their office hours. (Via Getty Images)

"Part of my job is to have at least two hours a week where I sit there, waiting for someone to come talk to me," says Heidi Henderson, professor of dance at Connecticut College. But dance students in particular often don't think to go to office hours. Why not? Unless you have a specific problem to address, it can feel weird to just sit and talk with professors. Far from it: "Coming to office hours is a way of going above and beyond," Henderson says. "I notice which students come to talk about dance or life, and I'll note that in recommendation letters." As you'll soon see, office hours encompass much more than just a nice chat.

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Dancer to Dancer
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For dancers, stretching is one of those things that fall into the "second-nature" category—at some point each day, you'll likely be found in a split, a straddle, or with your leg up on the barre. But stretching incorrectly can cause some serious problems. Dance Spirit turned to athletic trainer and acupuncturist Megan Richardson, who's on staff at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, for advice on how to safely execute three common dancer stretches.

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Fitness
Sofia Wylie (center) in "Shook" (Tony Rivetti, courtesy Disney)

Eagerly awaiting "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series"? In the meantime, you'll want to check out "Shook," Disney's dance-filled short-form series that's guaranteed to leave you...well...shook! The show—which just premiered on the Disney Channel's YouTube page—features fabulous dancer-actress Sofia Wylie, whom you may recognize from "Andi Mack." (Sofia will also be starring in the new "High School Musical" show, which launches on Disney+ November 12.)

In "Shook," Wylie plays Mia, a teenager with dreams of being the next Beyoncé—or Misty Copeland. But Mia has to balance chasing her passion for dance with her family obligations, as she cares for her younger sister and helps out her single mom. Through street dance and hip hop, Mia learns about herself and the art of self expression. The series is remarkable for the diversity of its cast, which reflects the reality of many young dancers and artists.

We spoke with Wylie about why "Shook" is sure to resonate with dancers, and what she hopes audiences will take away from the series.

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Dancer to Dancer
Meagan King (center) and fellow students from The Ailey School Professional Division

After all the work that goes into applying to college BFA programs, it can seem like getting that long-awaited acceptance letter is the be-all and end-all. But talk to most seniors, and they'll tell you that acceptance is just the beginning of a whirlwind experience. We asked seven senior dance majors from some of the nation's top programs to look back on their college journeys and offer advice to their freshman selves.

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Dancer to Dancer
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Today, thanks to social media and the popularity of shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance," people know more about dance than ever before. But when it comes to actually being a dancer, there are some things our friends outside the studio will never understand. To reassure you that you're not the only one explaining "I can't, I have dance" every five minutes, we present to you the top 10 phrases dancers would like to stop hearing (please).

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Dancer to Dancer
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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've worked hard to lose weight over the past few months, and I'm finally happy with my body. I've gotten several compliments from my dance teachers, and my lines look beautiful. But recently I developed a stress fracture in my foot, and my doctor says it's probably because of my weight loss. What should I do?

Amber

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You and your bestie are going to dance right through this list. (Getty Images)

ICYMI: National Dance Day is tomorrow, September 21! We're sure you already know all about the official NDD challenge and the big events happening in L.A. and Washington DC. But there are plenty of outside-the-box celebration options, too. Here are nine bonus dance-filled ways to get festive tomorrow.

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