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Amazing Grace
Gisele Bethea is soaring as an American Ballet Theatre apprentice—while keeping both feet firmly on the ground.

The Technique Question
Vaganova. Balanchine. Cecchetti. RAD. Should ballet students focus on a single style, or aim for versatility?

Crazy Moments in Pointe Shoe History
(There are a lot of them.)

What I <3 About My Body
Six dancers talk about their favorite body parts—and how they learned to embrace them.

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on Paul Taylor Dance Company's groundbreaking season; a fiery flamenco festival.

Up Front: The Dirt
Miami City Ballet's Samantha Galler.

Quiz
Can you name these famous You Should Know alums?

Letter to My Teenage Self
Anna Trebunskaya from "Dancing with the Stars."

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Diary
Taylor Gordon's dance life on a cruise ship.

Body Buzz
How to catch your breath faster; everything you need to know about detoxes.

Fitness
Exercises to strengthen your feet.

Fashion
New York City Ballet corps members show off ballet classwear in spring's prettiest colors.

Shoes
Six ballerinas reveal why they love their pointe shoes.

Beauty
Create a perfect ballet bun—every time.

Spotlight: Ballet
Tips to get your center work as strong as your barre.

College Corner
What it really means to major in dance at a liberal arts college.

You Should Know
Comp star Kenedy Kallas.

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From "Dance Moms" to Complexions: Ballerina Kaeli Ware's Unconventional Path to Success

Take one look at Kaeli Ware's Instagram page and you'll be captivated. The elegant, impossibly long-limbed ballet dancer has over 110 thousand followers hooked on her every polished move. But the 19-year-old phenom isn't just a social media sensation. Having already conquered the competition scene and the world of dance reality TV, Ware recently joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a trainee. These days, she splits her time between NYC and Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to beef up her classical training at The Rock School for Dance Education.

She's not a traditional bunhead, and she's not a run-of-the-mill social influencer, either. Instead, Ware is creating her own hybrid career path—and it's taking her to impressive places.

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5 Principal Dancers on the Ballet Steps That Still Challenge Them

Their technique might seem effortless onstage, but even the most seasoned ballet professionals have that one step that still drives them crazy. We asked five principal dancers to open up about the skills they still find challenging, and how they're working to finesse them.

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Dear Katie: How Important Are Private Dance Lessons?

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

Do I need private lessons? I'm a professional-track dancer, and my teachers say that I should start scheduling privates to advance more quickly. But they're so expensive. Will I make it if I stick to group classes?

Jenna

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