October 2016 Table of Contents

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Brilliantly Briar
Briar Nolet is your 2016 Cover Model Search Winner!

Love for the Runners-Up
Why you voted for Kerrynton Jones and Tatiana Melendez.

Strength in Numbers
The beauty of dancing in an ensemble.

In Her Shoes
Following ballerina Dusty Button.

#Trending
The best (and worst) of Nationals 2016.

Views from the Top
What's it really like to be a comp circuit celebrity?

Beat Burnout
Take action now to prevent a mid-season slump.

Assistant Aspirations
How to make the leap from convention attendee to assistant.

Dance Spirit's 2016-2017 Competition & Convention Guide
Info on this season's must-attend events.

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on the Hamilton documentary and Broadway's newest show Holiday Inn.

Up Front: The Dirt
Ballet West dancer (and Breaking Pointe star) Allison DeBona.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Shaping Sound co-founder Teddy Forance.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Diary
Savannah Gaillard's weekends at the NYU Future Dancers and Dancemakers program.

Body Buzz
Light bedtime snacks that'll keep you full; what your nerve pain really means.

Fitness
A trio of ankle exercises to combat injury.

Nutrition
Everything you need to know about taking vitamins.

Fashion
Dramatic ensembles to keep you warm and looking chic.

Style Lab
Patterned pieces to release your inner wild-child.

Spotlight: Modern
Perfecting Graham technique means focusing on your hands.

College Corner
How to balance it all: homework, rehearsals and even a social life.

You Should Know
Ballerina-in-training Leili Rackow.

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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