Our Best Instagram Posts Of 2016

A picture's worth 1,000 words, amirite? When it came to our Insta feed this year, you all certainly thought so. We love hearing your comments and feedback, and it genuinely warms our hearts when you shower (much deserved) love on our cover stars. Here's a look back at some of our favorite posts from 2016!


Gabe DeGuzman and Kaycee Rice are a literal dream team—and our January 2016 cover stars!

Límon Company member Ross Katen is the definition of refined masculinity, here posing for our February 2016 cover.

Can you say #footgoals? Check out Martha Graham Dance Company member Anne O'Donnell, in flight.

Literally, what? Yes, the extension on the way up is breathtaking, but the control on the way down might be even more so. Peep American Ballet Theatre dancer Gisele Bethea, at our March 2016 shoot.

What were YOUR favorite Dance Spirit Instas from 2016? Let us know in the comments below! Here's to a 2017 full of #instagoals!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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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,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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