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A Classic Beauty

The curse of eternal sleep is broken by a powerful kiss as Oregon Ballet Theatre presents Christopher Stowell’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty. The full-length ballet will be performed five nights this month, along with an additional shortened performance for younger audiences. Oct 9–10, 14–16;


Standout Soloists

Don’t miss out on your chance to see two of the greats as Mikhail Baryshnikov and David Neumann take the stage for a night of solos. Both artists will perform at Florida’s Ringling International Arts Festival in a program featuring choreography by Benjamin Millepied, David Neumann and Alexei Ratmansky. Oct 13–15;


Happy Hula-versary

The Nā Lei Hulu I Ka WÄ“kiu hula dance troupe will celebrate its 25th anniversary at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Theatre this month. Don’t miss a chance to see one of the six performances highlighting the troupe’s most popular works. Oct 16–24;


Modern Magic

It’s Hope Stone Dance’s first full season, and the cutting-edge modern company is making its way around Texas. The troupe will perform Village of Waltz, a collaboration with musician and composer Peter Jones, which became an instant hit after its 2009 premiere. Oct 22–23;



Endless Love

This month, Orlando Ballet takes on the well-known romantic ballet Giselle. Enjoy the story of a young girl whose everlasting love for her prince is indestructible. Oct 22–24;




Photos from top to bottom: OBT's Alison Roper and Lucas Threefoot in Christopher Stowell's The Sleeping Beauty by Blaine Truitt Covert; Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu dance troupe by Lin Cariffe.

(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 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?


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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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