July/August 2015: Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood

What happens when you bring together a coveted hip-hop choreographer, a beautiful ballerina and a talented photographer? We like to call that dance magic. Watch High Strung stars Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood in action at our cover shoot.

 

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5 Black Women on the Obstacles of Dancing While Black

Civil rights leader Malcom X famously said that "the most disrespected person in America is the Black woman." Decades later, those words still resonate. And the dance world isn't immune to subjecting Black women to unfair treatment. After all, it wasn't until this year—and after mounting pressure from online petitions—that many major dancewear brands pledged to make tights and pointe shoes in hues that match the complexions of Black women.

But other, more insidious issues continue to obstruct progress for Black women in the dance world. Dance Spirit spoke with five Black women about the obstacles they've faced as professional dancers.

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Yes, that is Tyra Banks dressed as Mickey Mouse chatting with Carole Baskin dressed as a lion. Why do you ask? (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

"DWTS" Week 3 Recap: "Disney Night" is Confirmed Chaotic Good

Welcome back dance fans, to the chaos that is "Disney Night" on "Dancing with the Stars." Have you ever wanted to see a pro football player dressed as a candlestick? A realtor from "Selling Sunset" dressed as a Disney princess? Carole *bleep* Baskin dressed as a giant lion? No? Well, it's "Disney Night," so you don't really have a choice.

But even amidst all of the chaos, there was some truly amazing dancing—this cast is next level, y'all. In case you missed last night's episode (or if you were too busy researching tonight's presidential debate, in which case, good job!) here's all the best dancing rounded up. Plus, the purrson who went home...hint, hint.

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How to avoid pesky pimples while protecting your fellow dancers (Getty Images/Viorel Kurnosov)

The Dancer's Guide to Maskne

Having to wear a mask is a small price to pay to finally be back dancing with partners other than our family members and pets. But we won't lie: Masks are uncomfortable. If you've experienced "maskne"—increased irritation and acne from frequent mask-wearing—you're not alone. Luckily, dermatologists have quickly become experts on this new dilemma. Dance Spirit spoke to two to get their top tips for mask-wearing dancers.

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