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The Misty Effect

These 10 young, talented, driven black ballerinas grew up watching Misty Copeland—and now they're taking the spotlight themselves.

Ballet with a Twist

10 contemporary ballet companies you should be obsessed with.

Secrets of the Shoe Room

Inside New York City Ballet's pointe shoe palace.

Fashionably Late

Advice for ballet's late starters.

Your Best Extension

Here's how to make the most of what you've got—whether or not you're #blessed with bendiness.

Up Front: Buzz

Red Sparrow hits theaters; My Fair Lady opens on Broadway; Paul Taylor American Modern Dance opens its spring season.

Up Front: The Dirt

Boston Ballet second soloist Addie Tapp.

Letter to My Teenage Self

American Ballet Theatre principal Sarah Lane.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your dance questions.

Diary

Ballroom dancer Kamri Peterson competes at ballroom Worlds in Paris.

Body: Buzz

The health benefits of eating colorful foods.

Nutrition

Everything you need to know about non-dairy milks.

Fitness

BOSU ball exercises that'll strengthen and stabilize.

The Look: Fashion

Edgy, cool-girl looks to rock in your next ballet class.

Beauty

Not-so-basic braids.

Spotlight: Competition

How to lose gracefully.

College Corner

What to know before declaring a dance major.

You Should Know

"World of Dance" standout Eva Igo.

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How Gorgeous Is Our New Site?

Hey. Hi there. Hello. We notice you, noticing us.

What's that you say? We seem more…glamorous than usual?

Why yes, thank you! We DID have a glow-up.

Welcome to the new dancespirit.com. Our redesigned site is full of all the same great Dance Spirit content you love—but now it's delivered in an even more beautiful, reader-friendly package.

Take a look around. Stay a while. We're excited for you to get to know the new-and-improved us a little better.

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Meet the 33 Artists Making Their Broadway Debuts in the “West Side Story” Revival

Everybody's talking about the latest West Side Story revival, set to open on Broadway February 20th. Directed by Ivo van Hove and featuring brand-new choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, it promises to be radically different from the familiar Jerome Robbins production.

In addition to fresh choreography, it'll also feature many, many fresh faces: No fewer than 33 artists are making their Broadway debuts in the show. The diverse group includes 20 college graduates, two siblings, and one winner of "Dancing with the Stars Panamá."

Get to know all of these extraordinarily talented Sharks and Jets as they prepare to take the Great White Way by storm.

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"My First Job": Six Dance Icons on the Gigs that Helped Them Break into the Industry

Nowadays, you know them today for their flawless work and enviable resumés. But today's industry heavy-hitters were once newbies hoping for their big breaks. A few of our idols took a trip down memory lane to look back on their first gigs—and how they changed everything.

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