March 2019 Table of Contents

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Living the Dream

Get to know ABT Studio Company standout Chloe Misseldine.

My First Pair

Six professional ballerinas share their earliest pointe shoe memories.

The Life of a Pointe Shoe

Follow American Ballet Theatre principal Devon Teuscher's pointe shoes from a fitting to the stage.

Help! I Think My Friend Has an Eating Disorder

Advice from professionals on what you can do to help.


Inside Houston Ballet's exciting premieres.

The Dirt

Dorrance Dance's Elizabeth Burke.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Miami City Ballet's Jeanette Delgado.

Body Buzz

How to make sure you stay hydrated.


Everything you need to know about the keto diet.


Exercises that'll prepare you for pointework.

The Look

Fresh takes on ballet's classic heroines.


Cute and easy class styles for natural hair.


A day in the life of a comp judge.


Why pirouettes from fifth can be so hard—and how to make them easier.

College Corner

Why you should build your peer network—and how to do it.

Get a Job

The photo portfolio you need to book jobs.

You Should Know

Ballet standout Destiny Wimpye.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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Photo by Erin Baiano

When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.

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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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