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The Lex Effect

He's danced on Broadway. He's toured with Shaping Sound. He's been crowned America's Favorite Dancer. What's next for the chameleon-like Lex Ishimoto?

Tap's Next Generation

The young dancers today's tap icons can't stop watching.

The Tap Family Tree

Tap's trailblazers are still relevant to how we dance today.

Up In Arms

Tap isn't only about fancy footwork.

The Speed Trap

Always rushing the music? Here's how to pump the brakes.

Not Your Average Nutcracker

Some of the most imaginative—and unusual—Nutcracker productions around.

Buzz

Behind-the-scenes scoop on The Greatest Showman.

The Dirt

Tap couple Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Hip-hop queen Taja Riley.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage

Where Spencer Liff finds inspiration.

Off The Record

Katarina Jakimier creates a ballet program for seniors.

Body Buzz

Electrolytes 101.

Nutrition

Everything you need to know about "clean eating."

Fashion

Our 2017 holiday gift guide.

Style Lab

Metallic dancewear that shimmers, glimmers, and shines.

Convention

The best places to stand in those crowded ballrooms.

You Should Know

Contemporary star Kalea Hidalgo

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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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(From left) Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, and Lauren Graham in "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," courtesy NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Mandy Moore Puts Dance in the Spotlight in NBC's Newest Series, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"

Imagine living in a real-life musical, where spontaneous song-and-dance breaks happen as often in the street as they do onstage. After a series of unusual events, every dancers' dream becomes an unexpected reality for computer coder Zoey Clarke (played by Jane Levy) in NBC's newest series, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist." Although at first her new powers catch Zoey off guard, when she learns to embrace them, she's able to connect with the world around her like never before.

And the best part? Every musical mashup puts incredible dancing front and center, thanks in large part to series choreographer and all around dance-for-the-screen extraordinaire, Mandy Moore. Dance Spirit chatted with Moore about choreographing for the dance-driven series, which returns to NBC with all-new episodes this Sunday, February 16 at 9/8c.

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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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