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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.

Quiz
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.

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

Body Buzz
Decoding nutrition labels.

Nutrition
Everything you need to know about sugar.

Fitness
Exercises for better splits.

Fashion
Classic costumes inspired by ballet icons.

Shoes
Fun pointe shoes that go way beyond pink.

Beauty
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.

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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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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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