James Whiteside is Everything

James Whiteside is a principal at American Ballet Theatre.

But he's so much more than that.

He writes music and does music videos and, apparently, has a killer pair of legs. But why am I even writing this? His actions speak so much louder than my words. Watch and enjoy...

For what it's worth, I just might like this even more than I like Beyoncé's "Single Ladies." And yes, the video is actually from 2011, but it's new to me.

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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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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)

Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer

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Ashley McKoy in "Us" (screenshot via YouTube)

[Light spoilers for Us ahead.] Jordan Peele's bonkers/genius horror film Us uses dance in a terrifyingly effective way: Peele intercuts the big final fight scene with snippets of teenage Adelaide and her Tethered doppelgänger, Red, performing to music from The Nutcracker (specifically, the andante from the Sugar Plum Fairy's pas de deux). As choreographed by Madeline Hollander and danced by Ashley McKoy, the twisted ballet is chilling—even when seen in chopped-up bits.

But now Us is out on DVD and available on demand, and fans have been offered the complete version of Hollander's choreo as a bonus feature. Take a look:

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