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The Emma Enigma
Choreographer, dancer, artist: Emma Portner is forging her own path through the dance world.

Face Off
Four pros spill their makeup bags to walk us through the routines and products that get them stage-ready.

Digging Deep
What it takes to prepare for a new role—on and off the Marley.

Inside Three Choreographers' Notebooks
A glimpse inside three pros' choreography journals.

From the Page to the Stage
How three ballet company costume shops bring designers' visions to life.

Up Front: Buzz
Inside the new pieces debuting this fall at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Up Front: The Dirt
New York City Ballet dancer and Cats cast member, Georgina Pazcoguin.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Commercial queen—and Beyoncé dancer—Ebony Williams.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz
The nutritional benefits of feasting on Thanksgiving.

Health
Gynecologists answer your most frequently asked questions.

Fashion
Costumes get (super) sparkly this year.

Spotlight: Hip Hop
How to master the head spin.

College Corner
Tips to take your solo from comp stage to college audition.

Branch Out
NYC Dance Project's Deborah Ory went from modern dancer to dance photographer.

You Should Know
New York City Dance Alliance's reigning mini winner, Eden Galloway.

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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.

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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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