January 2016 Table of Contents

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Teenage Mutants
Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice are a stage match made in hip-hop heaven.

Choose Your Own Summer Adventure
Not sure which intensive is right for you? Take our quiz to find out.

"The Summer Program that Changed My Life"
Four pros talk about their most influential intensives.

The Dance Spirit 2016 Summer Study Guide

My Life on Insta
Seven days in Lucy Vallely's oh-so-photogenic life.

Up Front: Buzz
Jennifer Lopez's Las Vegas show; talking to "Grease: Live!" choreographer Zach Woodlee.

Up Front: The Dirt
San Francisco Ballet's Isabella DeVivo.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Letter To My Teenage Self
American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera.

Off The Record
Commercial dancer Cassandra Naud refused to let a birthmark get in the way of her dreams.

Body Buzz
The surprising ways seeds can benefit your body; how to prevent and handle Achilles tendinitis.

Health
Dancing with scoliosis.

Fashion
Meet four "Dancers of New York"—and find out how to get their studio style.

Style Lab
The unitard is back, and you'll love its new look.

Spotlight: Ballroom
Tips for tackling hip action.

College Corner
How to make the most out of your overnight visit.

Future Star
The second round of 2015 Future Star winners.

Branch Out
Inside "The Ensemblist" podcast.

You Should Know
Hip-hop phenom Bailey Sok.

Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)

Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.

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Dance Team
Rochelle Mendoza-Axle, Courtesy Stiskin

In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:

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Sponsored by Joffrey Ballet School

Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.

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