December 2015 Table of Contents

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The Great Gaby
The Season 12 winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" talks about her road to the show, her favorite behind-the-scenes moments and her dreams for the future.

That's So L.A. (Dance Project)
Get to know one of the hottest contemporary companies this side of the Pacific.

What's Next for Contemporary Dance?
The ever-evolving style has expanded from concert stages to film, TV, music videos and Broadway. So where can it go from here?

The Sweetest Dream
Claras who grew up to be Sugar Plum Fairies.

Up Front: Buzz
Inside the HBO ballet documentary Bolshoi Babylon; Keigwin + Company's landmark season.

Up Front: The Dirt
Pacific Northwest Ballet rising star Angelica Generosa.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Linda Celeste Sims.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz
How to prevent and battle blisters; when to ice and when to use heat on an injury.

Fashion
Our 2015 holiday gift guide.

Style Lab
Tiaras fit for a princess—or a prima.

Spotlight: Ballet
How to customize your pointe shoe shanks.

Future Star Winners, Part 1
Meet our 2015 awardees.

You Should Know
Ballet phenom Austen Acevedo.

School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)

Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.

The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.

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Dance News
Including, of course, "Single Ladies" (Vevo)

Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancy FX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.

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Dance Videos
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M

Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.

The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.

As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:

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