March 2018 Table of Contents


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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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(From left) Royal Flux's Malece Miller, Savannah Alexander, and Alexia Meyer (Romark Weiss, courtesy Royal Flux)

Pro Dance Companies Fit for Comp Royalty

For years, it was hard for competition dancers to find professional jobs that made full use of their technical polish, astonishing versatility, and onstage ease. But recently, some (smart) companies have begun recruiting comp kids, drawn to their adaptability and fearlessness. We've compiled a list of nine companies that are fit for comp queens and kings. Get ready to put them on your audition radar.

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Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

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