May/June 2017 Table of Contents

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Parris Is Always A Good Idea
How Parris Goebel became the industry's most in-demand choreographer.

There's No Stopping BODYTRAFFIC
It's full speed ahead for the L.A.-based contemporary company, which is changing the face of concert dance in the City of Angels.

The Class Video Craze
Why class combos go viral, vid after vid.

Best of the West (Coast)
The non-L.A. dance hubs that should be on your radar.

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on Parsons Dance's NYC season; "So You Think You Can Dance" is back; Jennifer Lopez's "World of Dance" premieres this month.

Up Front: The Dirt
Innovative duo Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez.

Quiz
Which dance movie heroine is your spirit animal?

Letter to My Teenage Self
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Noelani Pantastico.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Off The Record
Comp star Jaycee Wilkins' battle with Perthes disease.

Body Buzz
What your hip pain really means.

Mind
How to deal when you don't get along with your teacher.

Health
Are you too stressed?

Fashion
Bold commercial looks that prove more is more.

Style Lab
Witty t-shirts take center stage.

Spotlight: Ballet
Pointe shoe padding 101.

Spotlight: Tap
Playing with tone.

College Corner
Six seniors on their favorite summers.

You Should Know
Contemporary standout Kele Roberson.

Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)

Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.

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Dance Team
Rochelle Mendoza-Axle, Courtesy Stiskin

In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:

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