Summer is almost officially here! And even if you're spending the summer months onstage and in the studio instead of outdoors (#dancerprobs), you can still bring those summer vibes inside with you. Our recommendation? These versatile, nature-inspired pieces from Just for Kix:


Just for Kix Enchanted Crop Top

Just for Kix Enchanted Crop Top

Crop top season is upon us, so it's only appropriate to celebrate by sporting everyone's favorite summertime garment. Let this Enchanted Crop Top from Just for Kix bring some fairytale magic to your dancing.

Just for Kix Enchanted Lace Skirt

Just for Kix Enchanted Lace Skirt

And what is a crop top without an adorable, flouncy bottom? Pair Just For Kix's Enchanted Lace Skirt with the matching top for the full enchanted effect.

Just for Kix Long Sleeve Mesh Tree Leotard

Just for Kix Long Sleeve Mesh Tree Leotard

Let this Just for Kix Long Sleeve Mesh Tree Leotard inspire you to dance tall and strong like the trees it features.

Just for Kix Into the Amazon Long Sleeve Leotard

Just for Kix Into the Amazon Long Sleeve Leotard

Or if the tropics are more your vibe, try Just for Kix's Into the Amazon Long Sleeve Leotard, with a flattering design that will accentuate and extend your lines.

Just for Kix Tree Lace Dress

Just for Kix Tree Lace Dress

And if you can't get enough of ~the wilderness~, complete your nature-filled dance wardrobe with this flowing Tree Lace Dress from Just for Kix.

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All photos by Jayme Thornton. Wardrobe styling throughout by Chloë Chadá Van for The QUIRK Group.

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Enter TikTok. The app is blowing up right now, with everyone from Hailey Bieber to LeBron James to former Bachelorette (and "Dancing with the Stars" champ) Hannah Brown making accounts to stave off the stir-craziness.

To get you started on your TikTok journey, Dance Spirit rounded up seven of the best dances for you to learn. And when you're ready to share the fruits of your TikTok labors, be sure to tag us @dancespiritmagazine—we'll repost some of our faves!

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

Margaret

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