Dusty Button's IG Videos Are #GOALS

Nobody knows what we want from Instagram better than Boston Ballet principal, comp-world superstar and all-around #queen Dusty Button. Yes, she gives us lots of beautiful still photos showing off her flawless technique and crazy banana feet; we get peeks at her world travels with her husband; there are photos of her dance bag contents, and some puppy pics, and the occasional food shot.

But where Button really excels is in the video arena. Oh my LORD, friends: have you been watching these vids?? Most are just Button playing around in an empty studio—but her definition of "playing around" is, um, a little different than most peoples'. The clips showcase the kind of pure, unadulterated virtuosity that, for most of us, is the stuff of dreams. Button is LIVING those dreams.

Do you want pirouettes? Yeah, she can do that for you. How about 10, for starters—set to Drake for good measure?

Perhaps a little sampler including a (literally) 10-second balance? Yup, no problem:

Some beautifully controlled center work? Sure:

Last—but CERTAINLY not least—how about a bunch of drool-worthy foot close-ups? Oh yeah definitely:

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So, yes; go follow this woman now. And for an even closer look at Button's multifaceted life, check out "In Her Shoes," our photo essay documenting her work in both the ballet and the competition worlds.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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