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Carmelized-onion salad by dancer Patricia Zhou (courtesy Zhou)

Tons of dancers bring their creativity from the studio to the kitchen—because we've all gotta eat! But a few take their cooking chops even farther, often preparing meals for friends and fellow dancers. We asked four dancers/amateur chefs for their favorite recipes.

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Dancer to Dancer

If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.

All photos by Joe Toreno.

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Ballet BC's Alexis Fletcher says experimenting with structured improv can make you more comfortable with risk. (Michael Slobodian, courtesy Ballet BC)

The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.

But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?

Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.

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Erin Baiano
Favorite Instagram filter:

Ludwig


Her current phone case…

"…has a rose with flames coming out of it."


Favorite song right now:

"Young Dumb & Broke," by Khalid

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  • Eat Your Heart Out

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  • Going to the Gyno

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  • Up Front: Buzz

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  • Up Front: The Dirt with Allison DeBona

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    Whether he’s onstage with Shaping Sound—the company he helped co-found with Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson—or performing ... More »

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  • A Taste of College Life

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  • Overcoming a Tumor

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  • Up Front: The Dirt with Raven McRae

    A New Yorker through and through, Raven McRae lights up any stage with her big-city energy. She started training ... More »

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  • Dear Katie

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    Since founding her company, NYC-based Dorrance Dance, in 2011, Michelle Dorrance has won one major award after another, starting ... More »

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  • Help! My Mom’s My Teacher!

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  • The Dirt: Isabella DeVivo

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