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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.

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From "Dance Moms" to Complexions: Ballerina Kaeli Ware's Unconventional Path to Success

Take one look at Kaeli Ware's Instagram page and you'll be captivated. The elegant, impossibly long-limbed ballet dancer has over 110 thousand followers hooked on her every polished move. But the 19-year-old phenom isn't just a social media sensation. Having already conquered the competition scene and the world of dance reality TV, Ware recently joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a trainee. These days, she splits her time between NYC and Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to beef up her classical training at The Rock School for Dance Education.

She's not a traditional bunhead, and she's not a run-of-the-mill social influencer, either. Instead, Ware is creating her own hybrid career path—and it's taking her to impressive places.

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5 Principal Dancers on the Ballet Steps That Still Challenge Them

Their technique might seem effortless onstage, but even the most seasoned ballet professionals have that one step that still drives them crazy. We asked five principal dancers to open up about the skills they still find challenging, and how they're working to finesse them.

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Dear Katie: How Important Are Private Dance Lessons?

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,

Do I need private lessons? I'm a professional-track dancer, and my teachers say that I should start scheduling privates to advance more quickly. But they're so expensive. Will I make it if I stick to group classes?

Jenna

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