December 2017 Table of Contents

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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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