March 2017 Table of Contents

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The Boys of Ballet
There's a new generation of danseurs on the rise—and they're more than just technical standouts.

Catching the Ballet Bug
Why competition stars are setting aside their accolades for a spot at the barre.

Variation Variations
How can you put your own stamp on ballet's most famous solos?

Mastering Partnered Pirouettes
Teaming up for turns.

Feet First
Up-close-and-personal portraits of 13 professionals' beautiful, battered, beloved feet.

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on Maddie Ziegler's new memoir.

Up Front: The Dirt
Paul Taylor Dance Company's Jamie Rae Walker.

Who's your ballet leading man?

Letter to My Teenage Self
"Dancing with the Stars" pro Val Chmerkovskiy.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Nayara Lopes prepares for her first principal role at Pennsylvania Ballet.

Body Buzz
Decoding nutrition labels.

Everything you need to know about sugar.

Exercises for better splits.

Classic costumes inspired by ballet icons.

Fun pointe shoes that go way beyond pink.

How to cover acne like a pro.

Spotlight: Competition
Overcoming studio rivalry tension.

College Corner
What happens when you're accepted to your dream school, but not the dance department?

You Should Know
Broadway baby Shahadi Wright Joseph.

School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)

Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.

The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.

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Dance News
Including, of course, "Single Ladies" (Vevo)

Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancy FX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.

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Dance Videos
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M

Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.

The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.

As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:

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