December 2018 Table of Contents

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SYTYCD Season 15 Winner Hannahlei

What's net for America's favorite dancer.

Living—and Studying—Where You Dance

The top year-round boarding schools for dance.

The Fascinating (and Sometimes Nutty) History of The Nutcracker

A timeline of the ballet's rich history.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 60 years.

The Dirt

Rockette Natalie Reid.

24 Letter to My Teenage Self

Contemporary queen Chantel Aguirre.

Choreographer's Collage

Where Cat Cogliandro finds inspiration.

Off the Record

Jaxon Willard shares his journey to Instagram stardom.

Body Buzz

Everything you need to know about probiotics.

The Look

The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide—and we're giving away everything!

Style Lab

Get Autumn Miller's studio style.

Spotlight: Ballet

How to master lame duck turns.


Keeping your dance friendships healthy.

Future Star

Meet the first batch of our 2018 winners.

You Should Know

The super-versatile Elliana Walmsley.

School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)

Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.

The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.

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Dance News
Including, of course, "Single Ladies" (Vevo)

Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancy FX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.

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Dance Videos
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M

Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.

The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.

As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:

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