November 2018 Table of Contents

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Dancing Outside the Lines

Commercial phenom Amanda LaCount is #breakingthestereotype, proving that talent comes in all shapes and sizes.

"The Craziest Place I've Ever Danced"

Six pros on their most outside-the-box performance venues.

Dressing Frozen on Broadway

We got an exclusive peek at the show's wardrobe room.

Dance Is for Every Body

Meet performers who are tackling dance's body-diversity issue head-on.


Nine dancers on what they're grateful for this year.


The inside scoop on the new film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

The Dirt

King Kong on Broadway's Eliza Ohman.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Boston Ballet principal Ashley Ellis.

Body Buzz

Everything you need to know about swelling.


The sleep mistakes most dancers make.

The Look

Head under the sea for costumes overflowing with mermaid magic.

Hip Hop

The ins and outs of toprocking.

College Corner

The finals self-care guide.

You Should Know

Contemporary kid Joziah German.

School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)

Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.

The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.

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Dance News
Including, of course, "Single Ladies" (Vevo)

Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancy FX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.

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Dance Videos
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M

Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.

The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.

As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:

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Dance News



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