Happy Birthday, Bob Fosse!

Brilliant dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse would have been 87 years old today. Say it with us:

(OK, OK—we stole these gifs from our friends over at Playbill. They're just so darn great!)

What better way to celebrate the nine-time Tony Award winner than by watching the full versions of the three incredible Fosse routines gif-ified above? First, there's Fosse himself dancing with muse Gwen Verdon in "Who's Got the Pain" from Damn Yankees, 1958:

Next up, we've got another Fosse favorite, Liza Minnelli, in the slinky "Bye Bye Blackbird" number from Liza with a Z, 1972:

And finally we have Fosse again, tearing it up with fellow dancer Tommy Rall in "Alley Dance" from My Sister Eileen, 1955:

We miss you, Fosse! Want to learn more about this groundbreaking artist? Click here for Dance Spirit's Fosse primer.

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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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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe

It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.

But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.

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