Last-Minute Presents, Designed By Dancers

Calling all last-minute shoppers! Are you panicking yet? Don't worry, we have your back with a great list of gifts that every dancer wants—and which are also made by dancers (or former ones, at least)! Some of these gifts are made-to-order, so they won't be ready for the holidays, but I know I'd be a happy girl if I opened up an envelope promising me a custom leo in a few weeks.




Abigail Mentzer Designs, by former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer, are sported by ballerinas and Broadway divas everywhere.



Skin care:

Ritual Goods, created by Ballet Austin's Oren Porterfield, feature homemade fragrances.

Former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Jordan Samuel has an eponymous beauty line, used by dancers around the country.


Former dancer Rachel Hamrick has an entire FLX training system, meant to get you into tip-top shape. (She also has drool-worthy leather vests.)

And, for tried and true gifts that everyone will enjoy, check out our 25 Days of Gift-Mas fashion feature, which is full of prezzie #inspo!

Want more Dance Spirit?




Dance News
(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.

Cover Model Search

WilldaBeast and…a car? They may be unusual duet partners, but this new ad proves they're a pretty sweet match.

Keep Reading Show less
Dance Videos
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

Keep Reading Show less
Dancers Dish



Get Dance Spirit in your inbox