December 2016 Table of Contents

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Kida the Great
As the first winner of "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," 14-year-old Kida Burns is skyrocketing toward stardom.

The Wide World of Contemporary Dance
Take a spin around the globe and get to know the companies expanding what contemporary dance means today.

C'mon, Get Happy
Why choreographers are exploring the lighter side of contemporary dance.

Ready, Set–Places!
Six pros share what they do precurtain to make sure they're at their best onstage.

Up Front: Buzz
Derek Hough talks "Hairspray Live!"

Up Front: The Dirt
The Joffrey Ballet's Nicole Ciapponi.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Vernard J. Gilmore.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage
Where Annabelle Lopez Ochoa finds inspiration.

Diary
Rockette newbie Laura Jakowenko details her first performance on the Radio City stage.

Body Buzz
The surprising nutritional benefits of Nutcracker-inspired treats.

Health
Are you just run down, or suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome?

Fashion
Our 2016 holiday gift guide.

Style Lab
Stay cozy in chic sweaters.

Spotlight: Ballet
How to make your pointe shoes last all the way through Nutcracker season.

Spotlight: Competition
The toxic personalities you might encounter at comp—and how to handle them.

Get a Job
A glossary of must-know commercial career terms.

Future Star
Meet the first batch of our 2016 winners.

You Should Know
Old-school charmer Lior Melnikov.

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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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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