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.

Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)

Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.

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Dance Team
Rochelle Mendoza-Axle, Courtesy Stiskin

In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:

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Sponsored by Joffrey Ballet School

Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.

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