January 2016


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  • The Dirt: Isabella DeVivo

    Isabella DeVivo is taking the ballet world by storm: During her first year as a San Francisco Ballet corps ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Dear Katie, I have good technique, but I carry a lot of tension in my wrists and hands—they look ... More »

  • Letter to My Teenage Self: Stella Abrera

    American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera isn’t just a breathtaking ballerina who rises to any occasion. The Filipino-American is ... More »

  • Making Her Mark

    In many ways, 23-year-old Cassandra Naud is a typical commercial dancer on the rise. She trained in a variety ... More »

  • Full Seed Ahead

    Food fads seem to die as quickly as a pair of pointe shoes during Nutcracker season. But there’s one ... More »

  • Let’s Get Things Straight

    You’re at a checkup with your doctor, and she asks you to roll down and touch your toes. When ... More »

  • Hips Don’t Lie

    If there’s one thing that separates ballroom dancers from everyone else, it’s their swinging, sassy hips. Hip action—the rotation ... More »

  • Dancers of New York

    Four super-stylish, real-world professional dancers take us inside their NYC studios—and show us how to get their trendy looks. Check ... More »

  • Not Your Mama’s Unitard

    It’s a retro redo! The one-piece is back, and you’ll love its new look. Beautiful backs and bold silhouettes ... More »

  • Now Casting (Podcasting, That Is)

    What do you get when two Broadway veterans decide to make a podcast together? That’d be “The Ensemblist,” which ... More »

  • Ace Your Overnight

    Taking a campus tour is an integral part of your college decision-making process. But what if you’re already super-serious ... More »

  • Teenage Mutants

    The stars aligned back in 2013, when two young dancers walked into Tricia Miranda’s class at International Dance Academy ... More »

  • Inside “Grease: Live”

    If you were obsessed with “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!,” you’re undoubtedly living for “Grease: ... More »

  • Where Will This Summer Take You?

    Summer intensive program options might feel endless. To help, we designed this quiz to help you pick your perfect dance adventure. ... More »

  • Life-Changing Summers

    There’s nothing like the thrill of attending a summer program. Getting to experience new teachers and classes can make ... More »

  • My Life on Insta

    As the winner of 2015 Teen Best Female Dancer at The Dance Awards Las Vegas, 14-year-old Lucy Vallely spends ... More »

  • Dance Spirit Future Star 2015 Part 2

    We’re beyond excited to feature our second round of amazing 2015 Future Star winners! These dancers were singled out ... More »

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