March 2016 Table of Contents

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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.

Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)

Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.

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Dance Team
Rochelle Mendoza-Axle, Courtesy Stiskin

In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:

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Sponsored by Joffrey Ballet School

Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.

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