October 2016


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  • Up Front: Buzz

    A year after Hamilton’s Broadway opening, people are still buzzing about the show and its famed creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. ... More »

  • Up Front: The Dirt with Allison DeBona

    Ballet West’s Allison DeBona first became a major figure on the pop-culture scene with her stint on The CW ... More »

  • Letter to My Teenage Self: Teddy Forance

    Whether he’s onstage with Shaping Sound—the company he helped co-found with Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson—or performing ... More »

  • Dear Katie

    Dear Katie, I’m constantly eating, and I like the way my body looks, but my doctor says I’m underweight. ... More »

  • A Taste of College Life

    High school senior Savannah Gaillard has been attending the New York University Future Dancers and Dancemakers  workshop at Tisch ... More »

  • Light Late-Night Meals

    Running from school to the studio then home can leave little time for dinner—but that shouldn’t mean skipping it ... More »

  • Ankle ABCs

    Healthy, injury-free ankles require three things: mobility, stability and strength. But achieving this trifecta is easier said than done. ... More »

  • Vitamins 101

    Dancers expect their bodies to give 100 percent, year-round—and with no time to feel tired, sick or sore, vitamins ... More »

  • Wild About Prints

    Let your adventurous side show by adding brightly patterned pieces to your dance class wardrobe. Related

  • Beat Burnout

    It’s finally fall, which means competition season is about to launch into full swing. After spending the summer learning ... More »

  • Getting a Hold On Graham Hands

    The signature cupped hands of the celebrants in Primitive Mysteries; the clawed hands of Medea in Cave of the ... More »

  • Assistant Aspirations

    From the excitement of travel to rubbing shoulders with your dance idols, the life of a convention assistant is ... More »

  • Balancing Act

    Dance majors are always busy, but when the weather cools, activity heats up on campus. Back-to-school excitement is replaced ... More »

  • You Should Know: Leili Rackow

    You might have seen 16-year-old Leili posing in a Discount Dance Supply ad, or competing at the 2015 Youth ... More »

  • Brilliantly Briar

    As soon as 17-year-old Briar Nolet hit her first pose (a stunning full layout, no big deal) at her ... More »

  • In Her Shoes

    If you’re one of Dusty Button’s 146,000 (and counting) Instagram followers, you know this ballerina doesn’t fit any molds. ... More »

  • Views From the Top

    To her high school classmates, Sarah Pippin was a regular girl: a good student and a friendly face around ... More »

  • Strength In Numbers

    In 2015, Mishay Petronelli was one of nine dancers to book a spot on Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable world tour. ... More »

  • #Trending

    It’s the best and worst of Nationals 2016! This year’s talent, innovation and power—not to mention the costumes and ... More »

  • Black Out

    It’s winter fashion time! Tap into your dramatic side this winter with dark warm-ups that will keep you toasty ... More »

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