October 2015 Table of Contents

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Marvelous Michelle
Michelle May is your 2015 Cover Model Search winner!

Letters of Love for the Runners-Up
Why you voted for Jordan Pelliteri and Gabriella Stilo.

Learn to Turn
Not a "natural" turner? That doesn't mean you can't achieve perfect pirouettes.

Dancers Do Halloween Best
Eight dancers talk about their creative costumes.

Best in Show
Top trends from Nationals 2015.

Movin' On Up
How to prove you deserve to be in a higher level.

When All the World's a Crowded Ballroom
What to expect at your first convention.

Dance Spirit's 2015–16 Competition & Convention Guide
Info on more than 100 of this season's must attend events.

Up Front: Buzz
The Big Apple dance scene has a lot going on this month.

Up Front: The Dirt
Janet Jackson backup dancer Melanie Mah.

Quiz
Can you match the tutu to the ballet?

Letter to My Teenage Self
Martha Graham Dance Company principal Peiju Chien-Pott

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Diary
Kate Harpootlian journals a week on tour with Shaping Sound.

Buzz
Tried-and-true taping methods; powerful food pairings.

Nutrition
What it means to be iron deficient.

Fashion
Snuggly warm-ups for chilly temps.

Style Lab
The best new bags to pack all your gear.

World Dance
Irish step dance can improve your musicality and stamina—and your ballet technique.

College Corner
Take your writing to the next level at three colleges with strong dance and dance writing programs.

You Should Know
Budding ballerina Julietet Bosco.

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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Sponsored by Joffrey Ballet School

Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.

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