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December 2016


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  • Fighting Fatigue

    All dancers get tired—eventually an intense rehearsal or class schedule can take its toll. But some of us experience ... More »

  • Sweater Weather

    Keep warm in this winter’s most stylish sweaters! (Photos by Joe Toreno.) Related

  • Pointe Shoe #Hacks

    Every ballet dancer has a pointe shoe prep process that’s akin to a sacred ritual. And while some modifications ... More »

  • Caution: Toxic!

    A few years ago, 16-year-old Kayla Gonzalez found herself dancing alongside a mean-spirited girl. “She could be so rude,” ... More »

  • You Should Know: Lior Melnikov

    Though he says his favorite style is hip hop—and he can definitely hit hard when he needs to—Lior Melnikov’s ... More »

  • Kida the Great

    Precision. Musicality. Charm. Swag. Kida Burns’ talents were on full display during the finale of “So You Think You ... More »

  • The Wide World of Contemporary Dance

    Nederlands Dans Theater. Batsheva Dance Company. RUBBERBANDance Group. These companies top the dream-job list of many contemporary dancers, thanks ... More »

  • Ready, Set—Places!

    From meditation to Pilates to Drake playlists, no two preshow rituals include exactly the same ingredients. But just like ... More »

  • C’mon, Get Happy

    You trip and fall onstage, and the audience erupts into laughter. A total nightmare, right? Not if you’re choreographer ... More »

  • 25 Days of Gift-Mas

    We’ve picked out a plethora of perfect dancer-to-dancer prezzies—just for you! Related

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